- Greater Hartford Community College opened its doors in 1967 enrolling a class of 388 students on Sesquassen Street in Hartford. The College’s roots date to 1946 when the Connecticut Engineering Institute, the forerunner of Hartford State Technical College, was founded. In 1992, Greater Hartford Community College and Hartford State Technical College merged.
- Capital offers accredited degree and certificate programs for career advancement and transfer to the baccalaureate level. A year of full-time study costs (tuition and fees) costs $3,200 (2009-2010).
- Associate degree studies include nursing, allied health, accounting, insurance and financial services, communication media, computer and information systems, architectural engineering technology, natural sciences, liberal arts, early childhood education, criminal justice and social services.
- The Division of Continuing Education and Economic Development offers courses, workshops and seminars on personal enrichment and career enhancement, including customized training for business and industry. Centers for professional training in insurance & financial services, allied health and customer service serve 4,000 individuals and their employers annually.
- Capital is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges with national accreditation for professional programs including nursing, emergency medical technician, radiologic technology, physical therapy, medical assisting and early childhood education.
- Credit enrollment in the spring 2010 semester rose to 4,445 full and part time credit students – an all time high. Enrollment has increased 28 percent since the College’s move to the downtown campus in 2002. Most students reside in Hartford and surrounding communities.
- The College enrolls the second highest percentage of minority students among 252 New England schools and colleges; over 60% of students are African American and Latino/a. Capital is the only College in Connecticut designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution.
- Instructional faculty totals 249, 64 full-time professors and lecturers and 185 part-time (adjunct) instructors; 54% are women and 24% are African American or Latino.
Since 2006 Capital has been one of three CT community colleges to participate in the Achieving The Dream Initiative, a multi-year effort to help more community college students succeed. Grants from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation provided funds for new approaches to closing achievement gaps of educationally disadvantaged students.