Founded in 1992 as the result of a merger between Greater Hartford Community College and Hartford State Technical College, Capital Community College (CCC) offers students certificates and associate degrees in a variety of subjects.
Located near the bustling downtown, this is one of the most ethnically diverse campuses in all of New England. Students can attend classes on campus, enroll in online learning, or combine the two in a hybrid course. Certificate courses are geared towards students who wish to enter the workforce right after graduation, while those who pursue associate degrees often work their way to a four-year college or university to earn a bachelor’s degree.
All students working towards an associate degree must take part in a general education core program, designed to give the overview necessary to succeed academically. After this, students get into the coursework more specialized for their different programs. Students can earn associate degrees in arts or in sciences. The most popular programs of study for the associate in arts degree include the ethnic studies course sequence and the mathematics and natural science course sequence.
For those interested in earning associate degrees in science, there are a vast array of options to choose from. From those fields of study that prepare students for instant work after completing school, accounting, computer and information systems, criminal justice, and fire technology and administration are particular popular. Other options include architectural engineering technology, radiologic technology, paramedic studies, medical assisting, and nursing. The nursing program is the largest in the entire state of Connecticut.
Most Popular Fields of Study
The Bridges to the Baccalaureate program is a unique partnership between CCC, the University of Connecticut Health Center (UCHC) and the University of Connecticut. It provides guidance and opportunities to minority students majoring in science to earn a bachelor’s degree at U of C. Students will be required to partake in Biology 216 and are expected to work in the research laboratories at UCHC for 10 hours a week.
Students interested in attending should first determine which course of study they intend on pursing. For those who want to earn their degree by enrolling part-time, it is important to figure out if you want most of those courses to be daytime or evening. All students must fill out the application for admission, include a copy of their GED or high school diploma, and a high school transcript. Students must also submit a nonrefundable application processing fee. For those who have previously earned college credit elsewhere, including your college transcript is an excellent idea, as it can often lead to a transfer of credit, putting you one step closer to earning your degree.
Most students attending receive financial aid. The Office of Financial Aid recommends that immediately after receiving your acceptance letter and deciding to attend, you fill out and submit the FAFSA form. This will expedite the process of getting in line to get your financial aid taken care of before the semester starts. Students with additional questions or financial needs can schedule a meeting with a counselor at the Office of Financial Aid, who will be happy to assist. Often, counselors can point students in the directions of additional loans, recommend scholarships to apply for, and proofread FAFSA forms before students send them off, to decrease the chance of having to do it all over again.
Unlike many other schools in New England, this school can boast a truly diverse student population. A true melting pot of ethnicities and ages, the school’s campus reflects the growing multicultural nation, as well as Hartford itself. With just under 4,000 students, this is a small college, where people still stop and say hi on their way to class. Students have their choice between a variety of different clubs and organizations based on everything from learning the skills of debating to service-oriented groups who want to keep Hartford clean and safe for youth.
Unlike other community colleges which are set further away from the center of cities, students attending CCC are near the various cafes, clubs, and galleries of newly revitalized downtown Hartford. This gives the college a real advantage over other more remotely located community colleges in Connecticut.
Student Enrollment Demographics
Because thisis a commuter school where many students are balancing work with obtaining additional certification or a degree, there is not as much of an emphasis on organized sports. Occasional intramural games are organized, but the school at this time does not have any official teams competing in any divisions.
The school is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
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