Capital Community College Celebrates 25th Anniversary of ESL Program

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April 18, 2016

Capital Community College’s English as a Second Language (ESL) program is celebrating its 25th anniversary on Tuesday, April 26, from 2 to 4 pm in the Markiewicz Community Room. (Room 206) at the college. The celebration will include short presentations by former students, and a keynote address by Werner Oyanadel, Executive Director of the Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission for the State of Connecticut. In addition to college administrators, faculty, students, staff, local politicians are scheduled to attend. The event is open to the public and refreshments will be served.

Although ESL courses were offered prior to 1990, when Capital Community College was located at Woodland Street, Hartford, it became a permanent fixture that year, as a result of a government grant. Of the many ESL programs in Hartford, the Capital program is unique. It is the oldest and largest academic ESL program in the city, for those who are preparing to study for college degrees. The student body resembles a mini United Nations, with students from nearly all continents. The program boasts an almost 80% success rate and has seen many graduates not only complete their associate’s degrees, but go on to graduate from four-year institutions such as Central Connecticut State University, Trinity College, and UConn. Many others have gained professional employment in the Hartford area after completing their associate’s degrees at Capital.

Capital Community College is located at 950 Main Street, Hartford. For more information about the anniversary event, contact Mary Romney-Schaab, Capital’s ESL director, (860) 906-5203 or

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