capitalcc Press Releases

Hartford, CT – Capital Community College has joined the National Consortium on College Men of Color (NCCMC), part of the Community College Equity Assessment Lab (CCEAL), a two-year old national research laboratory out of San Diego State University, dedicated to advancing practices that enhance access and achievement among underserved students of color.

Participation in the NCCMC will facilitate an exchange of ideas between Capital and other member colleges, enhance professional development for the college’s faculty and staff, enable informed interventions for their current programs serving men of color, and inspire new initiatives addressing challenges facing these men. Capital will also benefit from monthly webinars, access to assessment tools, participation in information sharing sessions, and an annual working group meeting.

Capital Community College, among a handful of colleges in CT federally designated as both a Minority Serving Institution (MSI) and a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), is one of the most diverse colleges in New England, and female students outnumber male students two to one.

In the United States only 17% and 15% of Black and Latino men, respectively, earn a certificate, degree, or transfer from a community college to a four-year institution in six years, despite programs designed to enhance outcomes for men of color. At Capital, one of the college’s goals was to raise Hispanic students’ GPA for those with GPA’s greater or equal to 2.0, and this was borne out over the past 3 years. As part of that effort, among others, Capital, for the third consecutive year, has been designated a “Leader College,” by Achieving the Dream (ATD), a national nonprofit focused on helping community college students stay in school and earn degrees.

“The achievement gap for Black and Hispanic men is alarming, and something we have been committed to addressing for years,” said Dr. Wilfredo Nieves, Capital’s president. “We’re excited about the opportunity to share innovative ideas with other NCCMC community colleges on strategies and policies to best serve all of our underrepresented students, including men of color.”

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Capital Community College, located in the center of Hartford in the renovated, historic G. Fox building, is a public, open-door, educational institution committed to the metropolitan community it serves. Its mission is to provide higher education and lifelong learning to people of diverse cultures, abilities and ages, and to serve the needs of the community, government agencies and business and industry.