Capital Community College Names Two New Associate Deans And Dean Of Academic And Student Affairs

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Hartford, CT – Capital Community College is pleased to announce the selection of the college’s Associate Dean of Student Affairs, the Associate Dean of Campus Operations and the Dean of Academic and Student Affairs.

Jason Scappaticci will serve as the Associate Dean of Student Affairs, after working as Director of New Students and First Year Programs at Manchester Community College for 16 years. Mr. Scappaticci will be responsible for a wide range of student-centered services and will oversee Enrollment Services, Counseling/Advising, Placement Testing, Student Activities, Financial Aid, Disability Support, Veterans Affairs and any other support services in response to student needs.

“I’m thrilled to be at Capital in the center of Greater Hartford’s business and culture,” Scappaticci said, “and look forward to collaborating with our students to help them achieve their academic, professional and personal goals.”

Active in local politics, he is currently serving in his third term on the Manchester Board of Education. Mr. Scappaticci earned a BA in history from Utica College and an MA in American Studies from Trinity College in Hartford. He has lectured widely on historical topics throughout the state at Connecticut’s Old State House, libraries, historical societies and senior centers.

Eduardo Miranda will serve as Capital’s Associate Dean of Operations and will oversee the day-to-day campus environment with key responsibility for budget and fiscal affairs, facilities operations, information technology services, emergency preparedness, and auxiliary services such as campus security, bookstore, and food services.

Mr. Miranda has worked in higher education for over 10 years in the areas of finance/accounting, human resources, management and leadership at Central Connecticut State University, Palo Alto University, and NYU-Polytechnic. In 2012 he worked at Hartford Public School system for 3 years, and in in 2015 was named the Bursar at Manchester Community College. Last year he served as the Interim Associate Director of Human Resources at Manchester.

“As a native of Hartford who is still active in the community mentoring high school and college students, Capital already feels like home,” Miranda stated. “I’m excited to meet and work with my new colleagues, our students, and various constituents of the college.”

Eduardo Miranda has a BS in Finance from Central Connecticut State University and an MBA from University of Phoenix.

Dr. Miah LaPierre Dreger is Capital’s new Dean of Academic and Student Affairs and has more than 21 years of professional and academic expertise in computer technology and higher education. Her job duties and expertise have spanned a wide range of academic, student-oriented, and administrative functions. During her 15 years at Capital, she served as a full-time faculty member for 14 years, program coordinator for 6 years, department chair for 7 years, and the Interim Dean of Academic Affairs for one year prior to her selection as the new Dean of Academic and Student Affairs.

Dr. Dreger earned a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Hartford, where her research focused on barriers to postsecondary participation experienced by formerly incarcerated community college students. Dr. Dreger also holds a master’s degree in Technology Education from Central Connecticut State University and an undergraduate degree in Mathematics and Secondary Education from Houghton College in NY State.

Throughout her years at Capital, Dr. Dreger has led many program, department and college-wide initiatives focusing on a vast array of academic and non-academic goals and objectives. Looking ahead, her long-term career goals are focused on ways to enhance higher education curriculum, programs and policies to help enable marginalized students to succeed in postsecondary education.

“I am very excited and deeply honored to serve the college in this new capacity,” Dr. Dreger stated when asked about her new role at the college. “For the past 15 years, I have been passionate about meeting the needs of Capital’s students, faculty, and staff. This is truly a special place that changes lives and I look forward to the amazing work we will do in the coming years as we continue to help our students achieve their goals… #DestinationCapital!”

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.