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CT State Community College is poised and ready to become a premier comprehensive statewide community college serving more than 70,000 students annually and focused on building upon the history of Connecticut’s 12 legacy community colleges.

Dr. O. John Maduko is the inaugural President of Connecticut State Community College, leading what will commence in July of 2023 as Connecticut’s largest institution of higher education, the largest community college in New England, and the primary driver of access and post-graduate success for more than 60,000 students across multiple campuses and training facilities throughout Connecticut.

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News and Updates From the Office of the President

March 13, 2024
President Maduko was featured on the podcast EdUp Experience. He discusses how he is "...transforming Higher Education in Connecticut..." Listen to the episode here.

January 12, 2024
President Maduko made a special appearance on CNN. He discussed the state of community colleges nationwide and the importance of affordable higher education. He also mentioned the numerous academic and student support services available at CT State. Watch the video update.

November 21, 2023
Please watch this November Update video by President Maduko. On this recording, he discusses the FY24 Budget Deficit Mitigation, as well as gives news and updates on CT State’s progress. You will learn about our financial strategy, the importance of governance and the exciting step of celebrating our first CT State graduates. Watch the video update.

September 21, 2023 
President Maduko’s Convocation Address on August 30 was followed by a live Q&A session with Provost Brown and CEOs Hogan and Harris. While many questions were addressed during the presentation, there was not enough time to address all of them. The presentation and Q&A session were recorded and are available to watch now. While not every question has been answered yet, they are in the process of being responded to. The remainder will be shared as soon as possible. The answered questions have been loosely grouped by topic and are available in this pdf.

August 21, 2023
Connecticut State Community College: The Inaugural Semester

From the Desk of the President

March 27, 2024

Greetings, CT State Colleagues and Friends,

 As we wrap up the month of March, there has been tremendous activity across the college and our statewide locations. I have had the privilege to witness student academic excellence and perseverance, scholarly activity on the part of our world-class faculty, above and beyond student support from our stellar professional staff, and servant leadership by our campus and central office leaders. Every day, our college community advances the state's and surrounding communities' needs.

Legislative Campus Events 

Our Legislative Breakfast events are campus-based forums designed to help our elected officials learn about our CT State’s key issues, share points of pride related to our student's success, and ask questions of campus, college, and system office leaders. Since early this semester, we have held 11 out of 12 Legislative Breakfasts, with one remaining (CT State Quinebaug Valley on April 2). Our legislators and attendees have provided the college with great feedback regarding the effectiveness of our storytelling and CT State Fast Facts.

Some of those details include:

  • Student demographics (66% part-time, 60% students of color, 85% receiving some form of financial aid, 78% degree-seeking, 98% Connecticut residents, and over 90% of graduates remain in Connecticut)
  • Connecticut’s leader in workforce development with 3,800 students in nursing and health professions programs, 2,500 IT students, and 1,400 manufacturing students annually
  • Connecticut’s leader in manufacturing training with 10 (will be 11) of our locations providing training
  • Diversified academic portfolio with 14,000 students in general studies and 10,000 students in liberal arts and STEM; over 120 workforce development programs
  • Over 8,000 dual enrollment students across 181 partner high schools
  • You can find our Fast Facts online.

With the Connecticut General Assembly Regular Legislative Session adjourning on May 8, there is still time to advocate for more investments for CT State and the entire CSCU system, which includes a $47.6 million ask in additional funding to the remaining FY25 deficits for CT State ($41.3 million) and Western Connecticut State University ($6.3 million).

Dual Enrollment  

CT State continues its efforts to establish an early college/dual enrollment framework and policy. So far this academic year, the Office of the President has held two quarterly CT State Executive Leadership Advisory Council for K-12 meetings with superintendents and K-12 leaders from across the state to lend their expertise, needs, and guidance. A draft CT State Early College/Dual Policy has been established that will be shared for review by various stakeholders (i.e., the President’s Cabinet, Advisory Council members, and the College Senate). The goal is to codify policy before the end of the academic year and work towards it during the next fiscal year (FY25). 

Enrollment Management

For two consecutive academic years, we have experienced flat and nearly flat enrollment, which has been a positive example of the resilience of our staff and faculty despite the significant impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and enrollment challenges for the majority of community colleges nationwide. As we plan and strategize for the Fall 2024 semester and 2024-2025 academic year, we have a goal of a 5% increase in credit student enrollment for Fall 2024 compared to Fall 2023. At the fall census, we enrolled 34,991 students, so approximately 35,000, and a 5% increase would be 1,750 students for a goal of 36,750 Fall 2024 credit students. 

The college partnered with Ferrilli, a higher education technology consultant, to conduct an enrollment operations gap analysis. Ferrilli will provide a final report with recommendations that we will incorporate into our enrollment management strategies and campaigns for the upcoming academic year.

Commencement

Commencement season is around the corner, and I look forward to the first-ever graduation ceremonies as CT State. The commencement workgroup has completed tremendous work, finalizing details from diploma design to student regalia, academic recognition, curricular school banners, and more. More information about our commencement ceremonies is available online. 

Public Safety and Emergency Management

Led by the efforts of CT State Police Chief Christopher Chute and our sworn officers and public safety staff, earlier this year CT State’s Police Department received Tier I Accreditation per the Connecticut Police Officer Standards and Training Council (POST-C). POST-C accreditation is designed to provide Connecticut law enforcement agencies with a process that demonstrates the ability to provide accountability, transparency, and quality services by police officers in their communities. As the largest institution of higher education in Connecticut, public safety is a top priority for CT State and its students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Joining the State of Connecticut’s POST-C Accreditation program is a testament to our CT State Police Department and its ability to perform under high standards, which will shape lasting practices and positively contribute to the department’s commitment to serving our statewide campus communities. 

NECHE Focused Visit Spring 2025

As a condition of CT State’s Initial Accreditation, granted by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) on July 1, 2023, the college will undergo a focused evaluation in Spring 2025, including visits to each of our 12 campuses. The comprehensive evaluation of CT State, which was originally scheduled for Fall 2025, is rescheduled to Fall 2027. 

I have appointed Provost Levy Brown, Dr. Mary Ellen Jukoski, Dr. Michael Rooke, and Dr. J.D. Mathewson as co-leads for the CT State NECHE Steering Committee. Provost Brown has a wealth of experience from a community college system and institutional leadership perspective regarding comprehensive accreditation site visits and evaluations. Dr. Jukoski has vast experience as president of multiple institutions and serving as a former NECHE Commissioner. Dr. Rooke has extensive experience with NECHE from an institutional president’s role and years of experience as a senior leader with our former colleges, and he has been instrumental in leading the efforts to compile our previous NECHE progress reports. Dr. Mathewson is our Associate Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness and Planning and our official accreditation liaison to NECHE. His tenure with our Institutional Research leaders has augmented the college’s capacity to perform high-level analysis and research across all major functional areas. This team of leaders, with my cabinet and in partnership with the College Senate, will identify a diverse representation of stakeholders from across our campuses to support the work to prepare the college for the Spring 2025 focused visit. We will establish Standards Committees with co-chairs for NECHE’s Nine Standards of Accreditation.

The preparation process will be transparent, inclusive, and comprehensive regarding work, analysis, and participation. Regular updates and a dedicated public website that will serve as a repository of meeting agendas, links to data sources, and other supporting materials.

More information will be forthcoming upon the launch of the steering committee and engagement with the College Senate. 

Governor Lamont's Engagement with the CT State College Senate

 Last month, a small College Senate delegation met with Governor Ned Lamont. For the first time, our college governance representatives had the privilege of engaging in dialogue with the Governor, addressing crucial issues that directly impact our college and, most importantly, our students. It is worth noting that the governor had not previously met with other community college governance, faculty, and staff delegations. This is a testament to the growing effectiveness and recognition of the College Senate, their collective voice being respected, and the importance of CT State’s contributions to Connecticut. 

As we head into April and the latter stages of the spring semester, please be on the lookout for details surrounding Community College Month; College Senate elections; campus climate assessment by the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; engagement opportunities from the Office of the Provost; the release of the CT State organizational chart, and more!

In Partnership,

John Maduko, M.D. (he/him/his)

President
Connecticut State Community College

Contact the President's Office

185 Main Street
New Britain, CT 06051

Dr. John Maduko

President, CT State Community College
860-612-7005 
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Executive Assistant to the President
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To request Dr. Maduko’s event attendance or for a speaking request, contact Dennisse Arroyo.

Theresa Robbins

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Our Mission

Connecticut State Community College provides access to academically rigorous and innovative education and training focused on student success. The college supports excellence in teaching and learning, makes data-informed decisions, promotes equity, and advances positive change for the students, communities and industries it serves.

Our Vision

CT State will be recognized for exceptional student success, educational leadership and transformative collaboration with business and industry, government, educational and key stakeholders while advancing diverse opportunities for Connecticut’s citizens and communities.


Fall 2023

Provost Levy Brown and President Maduko attended a Strategic Workforce Session at Hartford HealthCare’s headquarters in downtown Hartford. Hartford Healthcare leaders from across their system and Connecticut convened to assess and discuss workforce needs over the next 5-10 years. Their goal was to develop action steps that can be implemented now, near and far. CT State is a key academic partner and the provost and president spoke about partnership and how both groups are working together to address Connecticut’s healthcare professionals shortage.

President Maduko held a two day Cabinet retreat out of CT State Tunxis Community College campus where the group assessed strategic priorities, the upcoming inaugural spring semester, and how they can further work to stabilize the new college.

This fall, President Maduko represented Connecticut State Community College at Washington D.C. to engage with national stakeholders on the impact of faculty-led instruction and programming and staff-driven services on students and communities across Connecticut. The trip included visiting the U.S. Department of Education and meeting Luke Rhine, Deputy Assistant Secretary, and J. Noah Brown, Senior Advisor for the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education.

President Maduko joined Provost Brown and Capital CEO Harris to virtually sign a partnership with Morehouse College that aims to streamline the transfer process for students interested in attending one of the preeminent all-male HBCU's in the United States.

President Maduko had the honor of visiting W. F. Kaynor Technical High School led by their great principal, Dr. Kenneth Hillard. Kaynor’s senior culinary students prepared lunch and shared their college and career aspirations. In turn, President Maduko shared information about CT State's four stellar culinary programs at Gateway, Manchester, Naugatuck and Norwalk.

President Maduko visited CT State Capital and attending the Herencias Latinas Hispanic Heritage Month event where playwright and awarding author Quiara Alegria Hudes met with students for most of the day in. She capped the evening with an intimate conversation at the Hartford Stage and moderated by Melia Bensussen, their Artistic Director.

In mid-October, President Maduko was honored to serve as faculty for the Presidents' Round Table at the 2023 Thomas Lakin Institute of Mentored Leadership. He presented on finance essentials and shared his experiences as the higher education sector navigates the challenging financial landscape.

Attending his first Connecticut Talent Assistance Cooperative (CONNTAC) 56th Annual Meeting, President Maduko celebrated student scholarship and the advocacy by the CONNTAC staff and their board.

At the 2023 Association of Community College Trustees Leadership Congress, President Maduko joined Joliet Junior College President Clyne Namuo, Bucks County Community College President Felicia Ganther, and Northland Pioneer College President Chato Hazelbaker, to present and lead a panel discussion on The Presidential Search Process from Four Presidents Who Took the Job. They all provided a candid breakdown of their respective experiences during a presidential search process, what was appealing about their institutions, the challenges that presidential candidates face during the process, and advice for trustees and regents who are actively seeking presidents and chancellors.

President Maduko represented the State of Connecticut with Provost Levy Brown, CT State Quinebaug Valley campus CEO Dr. Karen Hynick along with colleagues from the Connecticut State Department of Education and the Connecticut Department of Labor. They attended one of the four Biden-Harris Administration’s nationwide Unlocking Pathways Summit series. The final summit was in Biloxi, Mississippi where they learned from State/Economic Development/Workforce/K12/Community College leaders and representatives from Alabama and Mississippi on their shared regional exemplars that support students with disabilities to pursue competitive integrated employment and further connecting their education and workforce systems to support youth employment.

In September, President Maduko had the honor of visiting Albertus Magnus College in New Haven and meeting with their President, Dr. Marc Camille. Honoring their history and legacy while reimagining future opportunities for students is at the core of Marc’s leadership. President Maduko looks forward to equitable transfer partnerships at CT State.

President Maduko attended the 2023 Rise Gala, where the International Festival of Arts and Ideas theme of “Lost in New Haven” celebrated their 28th year as being part of New Haven's vibrant cultural history. He joined U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro, SCSU's James Barber and Community Economic Developer Lindy Lee Gold.

In an interview with Natasha Lubczenko, host of CT Style on WTNH News 8, President Maduko discussed the upcoming inaugural fall semester of CT State Community College. As CT State gears up for an extraordinary academic journey, President Maduko was excited to share updates on the start of this groundbreaking semester.

Accenture Apprenticeship
CT State Community College joined with Capital today for a ribbon-cutting to celebrate its Hartford Talent Hub and paid apprenticeship program with Accenture. The program will expand access to training for in-demand coding and technology jobs and help create a pipeline of skilled workers for Connecticut employers.
Asnuntuck VITA Visit
On April 6, President Maduko joined Connecticut’s U.S. Representative Joe Courtney as they visited Asnuntuck to meet with the community volunteers at the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance site at ACC to highlight the VITA program and raise awareness of the Earned Income Tax Credit.
Denver Conference
President Maduko traveled to the American Association of Community Colleges Annual conference in Denver to to meet with colleagues from all over the country sharing ideas and inspiration for transformational and equitable outcomes for all students.
Gateway Legislative Breakfast
President Maduko at the first of 12 legislative breakfasts that were hosted across CT started at Gateway Community College in New Haven. Pres Maduko was happy to welcome Rep. Robyn Porter shown here with Gateway CEO William “Terry” Brown. Sen. Martin Looney and Rep. Tony Walker also attended.
Jobs Act
CT State Community College leadership, including President Maduko, joined U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal on February 10 at Capital Community College to support the passage of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, which would enable students to use federal Pell Grants to access short-term workforce training in career programs for high-demand jobs such as health care and help Connecticut fill thousands of open positions.
Leadership At DC
President Maduko and other members of CT State’s leadership team were in Washington, D.C., the week of February 9 to advocate for community colleges in Connecticut and across the country.
MxCC Legislative Breakfast
Local and State legislators joined MxCC Interim CEO Kimberly Hogan and President John Maduko, M.D., along with the MxCC community, to listen to student experiences along with their needs for the future.
NVCC Legislative Breakfast
President Maduko engaged with elected officials, alumni, faculty, staff, and supporters at Naugatuck Valley Community College 2023 Legislative Breakfast. Many thanks to: Rep. Seth Bronko, Senator Joan Hartley, Rep. Cindy Harrison, Rep. John Piscopo, Rep. William Pizzuto, and Rep. Geraldo Reyes Jr for allowing our students and leaders to share the success stories of our students while also speaking to our needs.
Tunxis Legislative Breakfast
People from the Tunxis Community and President Maduko and met with State Representative Francis Rexford Cooley, State Representative Eleni Kavros DeGraw, and State Representative Kate Farrar this morning to share news and updates on the college’s commitment to student success and its communities.
Vision Leadership QVC
President Maduko attended the 2023 Visions in Leadership program at Quinebaug Valley Community College welcomed guest speaker Carlos Alvarado Quesada, the forty-eighth President of the Republic of Costa Rica, during the event on Wednesday, March 29.
Swearing In Of Police
President Maduko welcomed the new chief of police at the swearing in ceremony of Chief Chris Chute as CT State Inaugural Chief of Police.