Giving Tuesday at #DestinationCapital: Six Ways To Give Back

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Giving Tuesday at #DestinationCapital

Tuesday, December 3rd Capital Community College (CCC) Foundation joins with nonprofits, higher education institutions and community organizations in an  international day of giving at the height of the holiday shopping season.


Capital’s goal for Giving Tuesday 2019 is $5,000 — an amount that will support a full time student’s tuition, fees and other educational expenses for one year in an associate degree program.

Gifts — no matter the amount – support Capital’s mission of educational access and academic success for students who face financial and personal challenges in getting to and graduating from college without debt.

What is Giving Tuesday?

Giving Tuesday began in 2012 at the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation as a response to commercialization and consumerism on the day that follows “black” Friday and “cyber” Monday. It’s a day to encourage generosity, volunteerism and acts of kindness locally and globally and it has grown to generate more than $1 billion for good causes.

Six Ways of Giving Back On Giving Tuesday and throughout the year

  • Donate at the secure GIVING PAGE  or make your pledge or gift by downloading a Giving Tuesday gift reply form.
  • Encourage your colleagues, friends and family to join you in making a gift
  • Make your donation quarterly for impact throughout the year.
  • Designate your gift in honor or in memory of an individual who made a difference in your life.
  • Share your support for the college and its programs on social media. Hashtag #Destination Capital. #Giving Tuesday
  • Share your story if you attended or graduated from CCC (including Greater Hartford Community College and Hartford State Technical College) at Alumni experiences and success inspire today’s students to excel.

Where Does My Gift Go?

100% of gifts go where donors want. You may designate your gift to an existing  Foundation scholarship or endowment fund  or a program at Capital.  Capital relies on contributions to the Annual Fund to provide a critical margin necessary for new scholarships, tutoring, advising and resources for teaching and learning.

To ensure more students succeed in 2020, CCC is seeking to do more to address obstacles that get in the way of graduation:

·         An Equity Diversity and Inclusion Center with new support services to address childcare, food security, health, immigration and housing issues.

·         The Leadership, Excellence, Achievement and Development (LEAD) Center where students find financial education and counseling, paid internships and workplace training for that first job, then a better job and a career in their chosen field.

·         Support for the Foundation Scholarship Program over and above federal and institutional aid that enable students to earn their associate degrees without interruption or debt. Seven of 10 Capital students qualify for financial aid.

That’s why your generosity is so important.

Gifts from the community are the margin of difference in creating access and giving Capital the support it needs to continue as a stepping stone to higher education and career opportunity.


Contributions to the CCC Foundation are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. For more information on gift opportunities, the downtown campus and college programs contact the Institutional Advancement Office at 860-906-5102. Email:


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$75,000 CHEFA Grant Enhances New Radiologic Technology Laboratory

A newly renovated Radiologic Technology Laboratory opened in the fall semester for students enrolled in the nationally accredited health professions program at Capital Community College. The new lab was made posssible by a $75,000 grant from the Connecticut Health and Education Facilities Authority (CHEFA).

Alumna of the Radiologic Technology Program joined in a ribbon cutting for a new lab at Capital, including the administrative director and managers of Medical Imagining at ECHN hospitals. From left:  Samantha Bourbeau, Agnieszka Dziiubinski, Jillian Menzel with Program Coordinator Paul Creech and Christina Gallignano.

Capital CEO Duncan Harris, acknowledging support from CHEFA’s 2019 Client Grant Program, welcomed faculty, alumni, staff and students on September 23rd when the ribbon was officially cut at the newly equipped facility. The CHEFA grant paved the way for a fully equipped core radiographic room that simulates the x-ray and radiographic labs in hospitals and clinical settings.

Acquisitions include an elevating table, floor mounted tube supports, high voltage cables, x-ray grid, PC and software simulating an integrated DR system. Last summer the College refurbished a lab room to accommodate the new equipment on the 8th floor where nursing and health professions programs are based.

Alumna Agnieszka Dziubinski, an ECHN Medical Imaging Manager, praised CCC students who come to Manchester and Rockville Hospitals for their clinicals as “compassionate and professional.” She said “it’s great to see how well this program is preparing and educating students before their first clinicals.”

Professor Paul Creech, MPH, Esq., who has coordinated Rad Tech studies since their inception at Capital in 1992, introduced alumna working at health care institutions that are a part of the College’s extensive network of clinical sites in central Connecticut.

State-of-the-art x-ray equipment in the college’s Rad Tech lab funded by a $75,000

Radiologic technology is a major component of associate degree and certificate granting programs in the health professions (nursing, medical assisting, paramedic) at Capital with high rates of completion and career employment.

Established in 2002, the CHEFA Grant Program supports nonprofit organizations that provide essential health, educational, cultural, and childcare services to the residents of Connecticut. More than $30 million has been distributed to Connecticut nonprofit organizations. CHEFA is the authority that manages tax-exempt bond financing and child car loan programs.


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Alumni Hall of Fame Inductees To Be Recognized At 14th Changing Lives Gala, October 25th

The Capital Community College Foundation is establishing an Alumni Hall of Fame at the downtown campus to annually  recognize the academic and professional achievements of graduates.

The Hall of Fame will be located at the College’s 2nd Floor Welcome Center near the Main Street windows and the Walter J. Markiewicz Community Room.  The inductees’ pictures and biographies will be featured alongside a permanent Hall of Fame plaque recognizing alumni each year.

2019 Alumni Hall of Fame inductees clockwise from left: Orlando A. Lawrence, Vice Brooks,
Dr. Rocio Chang-Angulo, Pedro E. Segarra and Dunnia Ulloa.

Five 2019 inductees will be recognized at the 14th Changing Lives Gala to be held October 25th at Marquee’s Gershon Fox Ballroom,  960 Main Street:

  •  Vicie Brooks RN BSN whose career at Hartford Hospital has spanned 49 years. Vicie  is Community Liaison Nurse at Hartford Hospital and a founding member of the Northern CT Black Nurses’ Association (NCBNA). She is a mentor to Capital students entering the profession.
  • Rocio Chang-Angulo,  Psy.D., MA, is an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Connecticut Medical School in Farmington, who is recognized for her work on childhood and mental health trauma.  Dr. Chang-Angulo, a native of Peru, began college in the then newly established English As A Second Language (ESL) program at Capital Community College in the 1980s.
  • Orlando A. Lawrence, MBA, MS (2006, Accounting, Business Management) is a senior manager, Internal Audit in Technology at the Kaman Corporation in Bloomfield.  He has been an auditor and project manager at Travelers and United Technologies.  Mr. Lawrence earned two degrees while enrolled at Capital and went on to earn a Bachelor’s from the University of Connecticut.  Master’s and MBA degrees followed from Post University and RPI.
  • Pedro E. Segarra, Esq., MSW (1978, Founder Latin American Student Association) is a Connecticut Worker’s Compensation Commissioner  who served as the City of Hartford’s 68th Mayor.  From Capital, Commissioner Segarra earned his bachelor’s in politics and government at the University of Hartford. A social worker, he earned an MSW from the University of Connecticut and went on to UCONN’s School of Law.
  • Dunnia Ulloa, B.S. (2008, Business Management). Ms. Ulloa holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Central Connecticut State University and she joined Travelers in one of the first groups of Capital students chosen to be an EDGE intern as part of the Career Advancement Program (formerly Crossroads to Careers).  She works now in International Finance for Travelers.

The 2019 inductees were selected from nominations made during 2017-2018 when the College marked its 50th  anniversary and honorees at prior Changing Lives Galas which began in 2004.

The Changing Lives Gala will be held on Friday evening October 25th at the G. Fox Ballroom and Atrium next door to the campus at an elegant, art deco setting in the historic G. Fox & Company building. Since 2004 Changing Lives galas have been Capital’s signature event for college access and student success. Sponsors include Travelers, Liberty Bank, Webster Private Bank and Stephen Cadillac.  In 2019 proceeds will benefit a new Center for Diversity and Inclusion and the Scholarship Fund.  Reservations are $125 per person; $75 for alumni. Sponsor opportunities are available. Information 860-906-5102. E-mail

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Capital Community College Retains Top 25 National Ranking For Adult Learners

Capital Community College (CCC) has retained its national ranking for two-year colleges that serve adult learners well, according to the Washington Monthly’s 2019 College Rankings in the September/October edition.

A top 25 school for adult learners for the last three years.

CCC ranked  #21 in the latest survey and is among five community colleges in New England to make the top 25 for effectiveness in serving older students (25 and older).

“This year’s list of best-ranked colleges for adult learners taps national data to identify schools that make it easier for students to transfer, offer flexibility in their scheduling, provide services outside of banking hours, and make it possible for part-time students to succeed after they graduate,” writes Rebecca Klein-Collins, an associate vice president of research and policy development at the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning.

The Washington Monthly, a nonprofit bimonthly published in the nation’s capital, assessed 978 two-year colleges using federal education data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and other measures.  Eight metrics were used in the rankings. “Across the board,” notes Klein-Collins, “these schools (community colleges) make it easy for anyone to enroll, but the best ones for adults offer flexible scheduling and a range of career-focused options.”

Also ranked in the top 25 in New England are North Shore Community College (13), Mount Wachusett Community College (16), Masschusetts Bay Community College (19) in Massachusetts and Naugatuck Valley Community College (25) in Connecticut.

CCC offers 36 associate degree and 24 certificate programs on site and online through six academic departments: Business and Technology; Health Careers and Public Safety; Humanities; Nursing; Science and Mathematics; and Social and Behavioral Sciences. While the largest programs are in Business and Health Careers, each program is closely aligned with the demands of the workforce.  As a result, CCC has recently added new programs in Biotechnology and Cybersecurity in response to the development of the regional economy.  The College has an expansive articulation network with longstanding agreements with private and public institutions in the region’s higher education consortium.  Eighty percent of students attend part-time (2018) and the average age of students is 29.

Like other publications Washington Monthly also ranks four year national universities and liberal arts colleges. It is the only national publication that ranks institutional effectiveness of two-year schools where so many working adults enroll. “Traditional college rankings are not very helpful for these students,” according to the Washington Monthly’s report. “Working adults generally don’t care about average ACT scores or donation rates of alumni. They need information about what a college or university will do to make it easy for them to enroll, succeed and finish their degrees.”

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New Widows’ Society Grant Provides Scholarships For Women In 2019-2020

The Widows’ Society has awarded a new $50,000 grant to the Capital Community College Foundation to provide scholarships for women.

Established in 1825, the Widows’ Society is one of the Hartford area’s oldest philanthropic organizations with a primary purpose of helping single women in Hartford address basic needs for housing, medical care, food and other necessities. In providing new scholarship support at Capital the Society’s board stated “there is no dearth of women needing help to continue or complete their education and we want to help as many people as possible to benefit from our gift.”

“This gift means more opportunities for Hartford women who otherwise would not be able to attend college,” said Capital CEO G. Duncan Harris. “We are most grateful to The Widows’ Society for again helping more women in Hartford gain access to a post-secondary education that is important for their families and helps them to obtain sustainable jobs and careers.”

Eligible applicants for the Widows Society Scholarships are women of any age living in the Hartford vicinity who are heads of their households or self-supporting and demonstrate financial need.  A 2018 grant supported more than $40,000 in awards to 38 Capital students.

Full-time tuition and fees at CCC total $4,696, representing a 21% increase over the 2014-2015 year. Of Capital’s 3,515 students enrolled in the last academic year, 71% were women and 64% of all students qualified for some form of financial aid.

The College’s nonprofit Foundation maintains scholarship funds and endowments and seeks support for programs and initiatives to improve academic quality, campus life and to expand educational opportunity

Information on scholarship opportunities is available at the CCC Office of Financial Aid, 950 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103 Telephone: (860) 906-5090, E-mail: .

For information on creating a scholarship fund or making a contribution, contact John McNamara at (860) 906-5102. E-mail:

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College Hosts Metro Hartford Alliance’s ‘Break The Ice’ June Luncheon

More than 40 individuals from Hartford area businesses and organizations attended a Metro Hartford Alliance “Break The Ice” Luncheon June 26th at Capital Community College’s (CCC) Walter J. Markiewicz Community Room.

Capital Chief Executive Officer G. Duncan Harris, Ed.D, welcomed Alliance investors and members and  shared  opportunities to partner with the college on educational and workforce issues.  The College is part of a “Hartford renaissance” that includes public and private partnerships at the campus and “momentum” is growing for the College’s “downtown neighborhood,” according to Harris.

Harris, concluding his first year leading the college, pointed to “the Capital Guarantee” for students enrolled in  career programs in business and insurance, information technology, nursing and health professions.  For graduates who meet requirements transfer to four-year schools such as the University of Connecticut and Central Connecticut State University is guaranteed.  With full-time tuition less than $5,000 a year Capital is a “first choice school for the “first job, a better job, your career.”

Dr. Miah Lapierre-Dreger, interim Dean of Academic Affairs, also invited attendees to consider involvement in the college through one of its academic advisory boards. CCC offers 36 associate degree and 24 certificate programs on site and online through six academic departments: Business and Technology, Health Careers and Public Safety, Humanities, Nursing,  Science and Mathematics and Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Representatives of downtown and area businesses and organizations attended the luncheon including  A&A Office Systems, Alzheimer’s Association of CT, Aquilline Drones, LLC, Fastsigns of Hartford, Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Hilton/Marriott Hartford, iHeart Media, ImageWorks, LLC, NBC Connecticut, Santander Bank, Tallan, Inc, The Ergonomic Group, U.S. Small Business Association, Upward Hartford,  Venator Sales Group, VLink, Inc. and the World Affairs Council.  Participating from Metro Hartford Alliance were Raina Giddings, Senior Investment Relations Officer; Julie Daly Meehan, Chief Investor Relations Officer, and: Jen Proto, Investor Relations Specialist.



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CCC’s Elaine Stewart McKirdy Early Childhood Lab School Earns NAEYC Accreditation

Capital Community College’s Elaine Stewart McKirdy Laboratory School has earned a new accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)—the world’s largest organization working on behalf of young children.

Named the Lab School for the internships it provides to early childhood majors, the two-classroom McKirdy Center  was the first child care center for student parents established at Connecticut’s community colleges and has continuously served children under five since 1975.  Led by its Director, Suzanne Rocco-Foertsch, the school operates during the academic year  week days from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. serving three- and four-year olds at affordable, sliding rates for students, faculty and staff and the community with priority given to students.

Early Childhood Lab School Director Suzanne Rocco-Foertsch

In the 30 years since NAEYC Accreditation was established, it has become a widely recognized sign of high-quality early childhood education. More than 7,000 programs are currently accredited by NAEYC—less than 10 percent of all child care centers, preschools, and kindergartens nationally achieve this recognition.

“NAEYC-Accredited programs bring our definitions of excellence for early childhood education to life each day,” said Kristen Johnson, senior director of Early Learning Program Accreditation at NAEYC. “Earning NAEYC Accreditation makes Capital Community College Laboratory School an exemplar of good practice for families and the entire community.”

NAEYC Accreditation is a rigorous and transformative quality-improvement system that uses a set of 10 research-based standards to collaborate with early education programs to recognize and drive quality-improvement in high-quality early learning environments.  The Lab School staff is proud to have earned the mark of quality from NAEYC, and to be recognized for their commitment to reaching the highest professional standards.

Safe, affordable child care is beyond the reach of many working parents who are seeking degrees to secure sustainable employment. Expanded, drop-in child care is part of new initiatives to address the challenges Capital students face in balancing work, family and college to complete their studies and pursue careers.

CCC is seeking funding and community support to extend the hours of the center to make short-term child care services possible during day and evening classes.  For more information or to support the child care center contact the College Advancement and Foundation office at or call 860-906-5102.



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Inaugural Golf Classic: A Special Thanks To Golfers, Sponsors, Contributors and Volunteers




to our sponsors, golfers, contributors and volunteers who made the 1st Capital Golf Classic on May 10, 2019 a success in support of the summer pre-college transition program

Tournament Volunteers

Amy Lemire, Carrie Benyei, Lisa Braverman, Anthony Cordova, Dawn Bunting, Donna Brown-Roberts, Marlene Hageman, Duncan Harris, Mike Kriscenski, Madeline Santiago, Girandely Veras, Steve Spears

Auction and Course Contributors

American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Local 1942, Jane Bronfman, Duncan & Garcia Harris, Jodi Salmon,  Congress of CT Community Colleges (4Cs), Professor Seth Freeman, President Emeritus Wilfredo Nieves, Mary Jean Thornton, Church & Main Cafe, Members First Federal Credit Union, Fiduciary Investment Advisors, McNamara’s Band, Lessing’s Food Service Management, Lester and Sherrill Primus, Hartford Distributors (HDI), Loreen Wall and College Bookstore, Karen Binkhorst, CCC Nursing, CCC Purchasing Department, Quarry Ridge Golf Club, Legacy Foundation of Hartford, John Robinson, Laurie Hornbecker and School of Workforce and Continuing Education, Connecticut Forum, Hartford Yard Goats, Wadsworth Atheneum, Travelers Championship, Mohegan Sun, Stew Leonard’s, Harvey & Lewis, Chris Cote’s golf Shop, Silver City Furnace Company, Hughes & Cronin, Tee It up LLC, Chief Vernon L. Riddick, Jr., Gawlicki Family Foundation, Carrie Benyei & Amy Lemire, Joan & Dean Marchessault, Barbara Grenzinski Winalski, Anne Romus, City Steam Brewery Cafe, Gillette Ridge Golf Club, Rosemary Tyrrell, V’s Trattoria.

Steve Spears’ 1st Place Team at 13 Under Par

Fiduciary Investment Advisors – The Runner Up at 13 Under Par

See you for the 2nd Annual in May, 2020. Date to be announced

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Alumni News: Nursing Grad Becomes Fifth Member Of Family To Earn A Capital Degree

Audrey Akuamoah was one of the 475 graduates at Capital Community College’s May 23rd Commencement held at the Connecticut Convention Center last month. After the ceremonies, Ms Akuamoah, a Phi Betta Kappa honors student and recipient of a CCC Foundation scholarship, proudly signed up for the alumni association with other graduates.

Audrey, the mother of two who worked part-time and studied full time to earn an associate in nursing degree, became the fifth Akuamoh to earn a degree from Capital — continuing a family tradition that has led to careers in nursing and the health field in her Ghanian American family.

The Akuamoah family at 2019 Commencement Exercises. Nursing Grad Audrey Akuamoah became the fifth member of her family to earn a CCC degree.

Four of Audrey’s brothers and sisters attended and graduated from Capital.  All of them were there at the  2019 commencement to celebrate the newest Capital grad with their mother and children on hand. And all joined Audrey in re-connecting to Capital by signing up to get involved in alumni activities. They included Nursing Alums Anita Akuamoah Abankwa, Jasmine Akuamoah, Edmond Akuamoah and Radiologic Technology Alum Richmond Akuomoah.

Vilma Canales, RN, BSN is joined by CEO G. Duncan Harris and Interim Student Services Dean Marsha Ball-Davis at the alumni table for the 2019 Commencement.

Vilma Canales, BSN, BS, IP, RN , who graduated in 2014 from Capital’s nursing program, volunteered at commencement to enlist new graduates to stay connected with their alma mater as they pursue employment or transfer to the baccalaureate.  Canales is an Infection Control/Staff Development nurse at Apple Rehab. “I’m a proud graduate from CCC and love being a product of their outstanding nursing program. CCC nursing graduates are respected wherever we go,” says Canales, who notes that her son followed her to Capital and is also an alumnus.

Nursing majors comprised the largest group in the Class of 2019  with 117 receiving their diplomas from the rigorous nationally accredited RN program. They were followed by associate degrees in social and behavioral sciences (77), business and technology (70) and health careers and public safety (44). Associate degrees in general studies, humanities. mathematics and science were also conferred for transfer to four-year institutions.

Class of 2019 member signs up for the CCC Alumni Association.

Seventy members of the graduating class signed up for the alumni association and expressed interest in volunteering at the college as mentors, helping with alumni sponsored programs at the downtown campus and recommending others for enrollment. They received a “Proud Alum” tee shirt.

Alumni and former students of Capital, including individuals who attended Greater Hartford Community College and Hartford State Technical College, may also connect with the Alumni Association by submitting the online Alumni Information Form.

–  John McNamara

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State EMS Council Honors Capital’s Daniel Tauber with Paul Winfield Smith Award

Daniel Tauber, Capital Community College’s Department Chair for Health Careers and Public Safety, has received the 2019 Paul Winfield Smith Award from the Connecticut Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Council.

Tauber, MEd, CCEMTP, NRP, NCEE, EMS-I, is professor and program director for CCC’s Paramedic Program. Tauber holds a master’s in education from the University of Hartford. He has been a faculty member since 1994 and became Department Chair in 2018. For the last 14 years Tauber has served as a Paramedic with the Windsor Locks Lions Ambulance Corps. The EMS Council, a statewide organization of emergency medical providers and educators, links the state’s hospitals and ambulance services with current curricula training, accreditation and best practices in conjunction with the Department of Public Health’s Office of Emergency Medical Services.

The annual Award recognizes recipients for their work and commitment to educational excellence and high quality EMS programs. It is named for the late Paul Winfield Smith of Plainville who died in 2013. Smith served as Connecticut’s EMS Training Coordinator and was a founding member of EMS-ED/SEM and the CT Emergency Medical Services Foundation.

Capital Community College’s (CCC) Paramedic Program, the first and oldest program of its kind in Connecticut, marked a milestone last year when its 50th class graduated with over 200 alumni and family members in attendance at Centinel Hill Hall auditorium ceremonies. This month a 51st class of Paramedics graduated.

The Paramedic Program at Capital, established in 1988 in partnership with Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, is nationally accredited and prepares students for careers as paramedics, emergency medical technicians, hospital and public health coordinators and first responders. It is the only college-based program in the state and was the second program in New England to earn national accreditation from The Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions in 1993.

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