Hartford, CT – Capital Community College (CCC), in collaboration with Manchester Community College (MCC) and Central Connecticut State University (CCSU), was awarded two $2,500 grants in the Hartford Consortium for Higher Education’s 2018-19 Faculty, Staff and Student Cooperative Grant Competition.
One, which will be co-led by CCC’s Interim CEO Dr. G. Duncan Harris and MCC’s Interim CEO Dr. Tanya Millner-Harlee, will sponsor Common Read activities at both institutions. The Common Read is a program implemented throughout the country within schools, libraries, and communities, that invites readers to engage in a single text that explores controversial topics. This year’s Common Read at CCC and MCC is The Other Wes Moore, a book about two men named Wes Moore, both of whom were born in Baltimore in similar circumstances; one grew up to achieve great things, the other is imprisoned for murder.
“I used The Other Wes Moore in a First Year Experience course I was teaching and found that it had a profound impact on the students,” said Dr. Harris. “The themes and life lessons are fertile ground for group discussion and I’m excited about partnering with MCC to introduce the text to even more readers in our region.”
The other grant, co-led by Central Connecticut State University and Capital Community College, will help CCSU and CCC plan an interdisciplinary program that will provide students with language and intercultural skills that are beneficial in professional fields, such as Social Work and Nursing. As part of the project, students will travel to Puerto Rico with their instructors, and enhance their abilities and knowledge through community service learning.
“This is a great opportunity for students from different disciplines to work collaboratively in practical and important real-life situations,“ said Carl Guerriere, Language Coordinator, Center for Language and Culture at CCC.
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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. To learn more about the college, visit www.capitalcc.edu