At a Glance
MARC S. HERZOG, Chancellor
Established - 1965
Statutory authority - CGS 10a-71 through 10a-80
System office - 61 Woodland Street, Hartford, CT 06105
Approximate number of full-time employees - 2,283
Number of credit students - 55,112 - fall 2009; 33,438 non-credit students:
Recurring operating expenditures (in thousands of dollars) -
General Fund* $156,805,116 * excluding fringe benefits
CTC Operating Fund $144,651,168
Grants $ 98,630,106
Capital Outlay $10,450,010
Organizational structure - a system of 12 colleges governed by an appointed Board of Trustees responsible for the system’s growth and development with operations coordinated by the System Chancellor’s Office.
Mission and Statutory Responsibility
The statutory responsibility of the community colleges, as reflected in Connecticut General Statutes 10a-80, is (1) to provide programs of occupational, vocational, technical and career education designed to provide training for immediate employment, job retraining or upgrading of skills to meet individual, community and state workforce needs; (2) to provide general programs including, but not limited to, remediation, general and adult and continuing education designed to meet individual student goals; (3) to provide liberal arts and sciences and career programs for college transfer; (4) to provide community services and continuing education to respond to workforce needs or to address career, personal, instructional, cultural and public interests; (5) to provide student support services including, but not limited to, admissions, counseling, testing, placement, individualized instruction and efforts to serve students with special needs.
In the 2009-10 academic year, the system continued to enroll over 50 percent of all undergraduates in Connecticut public higher education. Fall 2009 headcount enrollment in credit courses totaled 55,112, and Full-Time Equivalent enrollments reached 32,123 equating to a 96.6 percent increase in full-time enrollment and a 93.7 percent increase in full-time FTE over a ten year period. This trend of growing enrollments, particularly in full-time students has significant implications for delivery of instruction, facilities planning, and demand for services by a younger, more traditional-age student population. Approximately 61.2 percent of students attended part-time while 38.8 percent attended full-time. The average age of students was 27, with more than 50 percent of the students in the system over age 22. Women comprised 60 percent of the student population; minority enrollments represented 34 percent, with African-Americans and Hispanics constituting 30.1 percent of the student population. These African-American and Hispanic students represent two-thirds of the African-American and Hispanic undergraduates enrolled in public institutions of higher education in Connecticut. Approximately 40 percent of college enrollments were in Liberal Arts, General Studies and the College of Technology, a statewide pathway curriculum, all of which offer the first two years of baccalaureate education for students interested in transfer. Another twenty percent of enrollments were in non-degree courses that expand the student’s knowledge base while improving literacy, communication, and workforce skills. The remaining credit enrollments, (40%) were in occupational, vocational, technical, and career-related degree and certificate programs that provide training for immediate employment, job retraining, and upgrading of skills to meet the needs of Connecticut’s workers and employers. Non-credit programs, focused on skill building and personal interests, serve more than 35,000 students each calendar year. On average, 45 percent of non-credit registrations are related to workforce development as individuals look for career advancement, retraining, new or upgraded skills by continuing their educations.
During 2009-2010, the Board of Trustees approved 30 new associate degrees, degree options, and certificate programs, modified ten others, and terminated 38. Program development responds to the needs of Connecticut's labor market, particularly the need for short-term, career-oriented educational opportunities that offer students expanded choices. Of special note for this period are new programs in Nursing, Manufacturing, Alternative and Sustainable Energy. The existing articulation and transfer agreements with the University of Connecticut and the Connecticut State University System have attracted increased numbers of students who upon successful completion of their associate degrees can enter the universities with junior standing. In 2010, an agreement with the University of Connecticut’s School of Business expanded opportunities for community college graduates looking to continue their studies in the areas of business and finance. Articulation agreements with the Nursing programs at the four Connecticut State Universities now offer graduates of the community college nursing program the opportunity to continue their studies at the baccalaureate level and beyond. Agreements with private four-year colleges and universities throughout the state were also concluded in 2009 to expand opportunities in nursing education, all intended to prepare more nursing graduates for careers in Connecticut’s healthcare industry. Throughout 2009-2010, private foundation funding from such well known philanthropic organization as the Lumina, Gates, and Nellie Mae Education Foundations continued to support the development of innovative academic programs and support services at Connecticut’s Community Colleges to help underserved students to achieve academic success at the college-level through national projects including Achieving the Dream and the Developmental Education Initiative. In spring 2010, the Carnegie Education Foundation selected four Connecticut Community-Colleges to participate in a multi-year, grant funded initiative to help students overcome achievement gaps in mathematics.
The Connecticut Community Colleges are the education and training provider for state employees through the In-Service Training program run in collaboration with the Department of Administrative services. In 2009-2010, the colleges hosted an Education and Training event for State Agency Approval Officers including a workshop on “Free Online Tools for Productivity and Collaboration.” Lean Government Training is also being provided by the colleges for state agencies in collaboration with Blum Shapiro and the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT). The Community College System is a key partner in the Green Jobs Council supporting the Governor’s Green Jobs Partnership. In cooperation with the Department of Social Services, the Community Colleges are delivering training in Weatherization using a train the trainer model to prepare building analysts and energy auditors in collaboration with the CT Technical High Schools. Partnering with the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (CCEF) has expanded the capacity of the colleges to deliver training in PV Solar and Solar Thermal programs which support the goals of the System’s US DOL grant in Sustainable and Alternative Energy. Connecticut was the only state in the nation to receive funding through its community colleges in all four rounds of the Community-Based Job Training grant program of the US DOL. In addition, the community college system has served as a responsive agency partner in a number of key initiatives with other state agencies, including the Secretary of State’s Office, the Office for Workforce Competitiveness, the Department of Labor, and the State Department of Education. Important Job Growth legislation passed in 2009, directs $1 million over two years to the Board of Trustees of Community-Technical Colleges to develop short-term, non-credit training and retraining programs designed to provide unemployed workers with the skills needed to return to work in employment areas anticipating growth.
Fiscal year 2009-10 saw progress on numerous facilities projects that were part of the State’s capital investment plan. Construction at Manchester Community College for Great Path Academy, the regional magnet school hosted on the campus for eight neighboring communities, was completed in summer 2009 with the building’s dedication in August. Naugatuck Valley Community College, Waterbury, opened its new technology center, a major addition to the campus designed to ensure the currency of curricula and technologies for a wide array of the college’s technical programs. Northwestern Connecticut Community College, in Winsted, continues designing and developing the new Joyner Building. The Norwalk Community College Center for Science, Health and Wellness, currently in construction, will help to meet the growing demand for healthcare workers in the region. Its state of the art facilities have qualified for Silver LEED certification. The consolidation of Three Rivers Community College’s two campuses at the Thames Valley campus in Norwich was completed with its fall 2009 opening. Tunxis Community College, Farmington, is completing design of Phase II of its major campus expansion, while Capital Community College continued work with the Department of Public Works to expand its downtown Hartford campus to accommodate enrollment growth. The downtown campus for Gateway Community College, the largest development project in the college system’s history and the State’s first Gold LEED building, moved forward in construction with ground-breaking ceremonies in December 2009. The goal for opening the new consolidated campus for the college, finally bringing together its North Haven and New Haven facilities, is fall 2012.
Data and Information Management
The CCC System Data Center (SDC)
continues to refine and expand information technology services provided to
Connecticut Community College students, faculty, and administrative
staff. Continued support of management administrative systems, including
enhancements and upgrades, have resulted in 24/7/365 system availability to maintain
student records, financial aid, human resources and payroll, financial
reporting, budget management, interagency reporting, billing, receipts, and
Information Technology support for all 12 colleges over the past year has provided ongoing improvements to the CCC IT infrastructure, upgrades, network enhancements, and a major library system upgrade. Other noteworthy activities and initiatives included enhancing security services; network, hardware and software upgrades; and the development and implementation of new IT policies and procedures. A new system-wide business intelligence and data analysis tool will soon expand research, reporting, and program development capabilities to enhance student success.
Information Reported as Required by State Statute
Ongoing efforts to advance equity, eliminate discriminatory barriers, and ensure a diverse workforce were advanced by:
· The Community College Fellowship Program, begun in 1989, an initiative sponsored jointly by the Board of Trustees and a coalition of professional staff unions to enrich each college’s community by attracting a diverse range of graduate students to serve as teaching and administrative fellows, mentors, and role models for system students.
· Diversity Training, utilizing a train-the-trainer approach, continuing to deliver training throughout the system.
Names, Locations, and Presidents of the 12 Community Colleges
Asnuntuck CC, Enfield – Martha McLeod
Capital CC, Hartford – Calvin Woodland
Gateway CC, New Haven – Dorsey L. Kendrick
Housatonic CC, Bridgeport –Anita Gliniecki
Manchester CC, Manchester – Gena Glickman
Middlesex CC, Middletown – Wilfredo Nieves
Naugatuck Valley CC, Waterbury – Daisy Cocco DeFilippis
Northwestern CT CC, Winsted – Barbara Douglass
Norwalk CC, Norwalk – David Levinson
Quinebaug Valley CC, Danielson – Ross Tomlin
Three Rivers CC, Norwich - Grace S. Jones
Tunxis CC, Farmington – Cathryn L. Addy
Members of the Board of Trustees as of June 30, 2010: Timothy Ackert, Coventry; Murali Atluru, North Haven; Hilary Barhydt, Litchfield; Louise S. Berry, Chair, Danielson; Paul Brady, Bristol; Reverend David L. Cannon, Preston; Darcy Clifford, Fairfield; Hugh Cox, Middletown; Ronald Gambardella, Hamden; Wallace Irish, Manchester; Jules Lang, Norwalk; William McGurk, Vice Chair, Somers; Carolyn McKenna, West Hartford; Win Oppel, Shelton; Laurie Roy, Burlington; Kenneth Wilson, Guilford; Virginia D. Zawoy, Clinton.