Future Entrepreneurs From Capital Community College Win Big At State Competition

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Hartford, Conn. (December 10, 2019) –  Students in Capital Community College’s management and entrepreneurship programs won top awards at a recent entrepreneurship competition held at Central Connecticut State University. 

 Cheered on by Nancy P. LaGuardia, Professor of Management and Marketing, and Merilee Roussat 

Instructor of Marketing, Mycah Johnson of West Hartford won a cash prize, Matthew Mitchell of Bloomfield, won a $500 scholarship to Central, and Malika Odinaeva of Wethersfield, won both a cash prize and a scholarship. A total of ten Capital students participated. 

 The students competed with 60-second elevator pitches. An elevator pitch can be a short presentation of one’s background or a description of an idea, product or company explained in a way that the listener can understand it in a short period of time. 

 “Being able to bring students to an event like this, where they compete with their peers at other colleges and universities, is a tremendous complement to their coursework, and helps them to get hands on experience with the tools they need to be successful entrepreneurs,” stated Professor LaGuardia.   

 The Entrepreneurship Option to Capital’s Management associate in science degree is designed to provide students with the knowledge, theory and practical skills needed for entry-level management positions, advancement in a current position or starting a small business. The program requires 61 credits and can be completed in as little as two years. 




About Capital Community College 

Capital Community College is an urban, two-year institution enrolling more than 3,000 students in Connecticut’s capital city. The college offers 60 academic programs in accredited studies preparing students for associate degrees, certificates and transfer, while its non-credit offerings prepare students for the immediate needs of the Connecticut workforce.  It is one of New England’s most diverse campuses with a 67 percent minority enrollment and was the first college in Connecticut to be designated a Hispanic-Serving Institution. The Capital Community College experience revolves around its historic eleven-story, Art Deco building in the heart of downtown Hartford, which offers unprecedented access to the city’s cultural and employment offerings.