Capital Community College creates new partnership with barbers and churches – NBC Connecticut

Some university leaders think outside the box. Or in this case, outside the classroom.

Capital Community College in Hartford partners with barbers, positioning barbers as school ambassadors so they can provide course and program information to clients.

“When we look at the leaders of our communities, people who have a long-standing trust with individuals, barbers are one of the people that come to mind,” said the CEO of Captial Community College, Dr. G. Duncan Harris.

Lester Fitzgerald, owner of “It’s a Gee Thang” Barber Salon and Spa, quickly agreed to be part of this new pipeline. With nearly 40 years of experience behind the chair, building strong bonds is his life’s work.

“So what this relationship is going to do is bridge that gap. That gap of information that’s missing in the community by allowing us to have information that we can constantly pass on that information that might need an opportunity “, said Fitzgerald.

The college also asks faith communities to publicize courses and programs. Hartford’s Faith Congregational Church is one of them.

“I had one person who had to drop out of nursing school because they couldn’t afford it anymore. When I told her about Capital Community College, she told me it would be a viable option,” Reverend Cleo Graham said.

This partnership is designed to help people of all ages, including those looking to return to school or change careers. It is also a way to meet people’s personal and professional needs.

“There’s a lot going on right now. Part of that has to do with the impact of poverty and some of them don’t have careers that don’t allow them to have safety and security to themselves and their families. And I think this initiative is in that spirit and it’s ultimately good for our city,” Dr. Harris said.

On Monday, July 11, the barbers will take a tour and hear about the school’s training programs. Dr. Harris says tuition may be free for those who have graduated from a Connecticut high school or completed their GED.

“It’s about uplifting our community. So it’s kind of a way to stick together and help the people we care about,” Dr Harris said.

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