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Erik Clemons Reflects On Ten Years Leading ConnCAT; Community College Enrollment On The Decline


The Connecticut Center for Arts and Technology, or ConnCAT, was started in 2011 in New Haven — modeled after a job training and community organization in Pittsburgh. This hour on Disrupted, we talk to Erik Clemons, who was one of its founders, and who just stepped down as CEO after a decade. He talks about his career in New Haven and about the lessons he learned from being a part of the public/private partnership between the state and Dalio Philanthropies.

Also, we talk about how community college admissions plummeted during the pandemic – and why.


  • Erik Clemons – Founder and former CEO of the Connecticut Center for Arts and Technology (ConnCAT) in New Haven; Executive Chairman of CT Outreach Revitalization Program (ConnCORP), the economic development arm of ConnCAT
  • Danielle Douglas-Gabriel – Reporter covering the economics of higher ed at the Washington Post
Catie Talarski is Senior Director of Storytelling and Radio Programming at Connecticut Public.
Dr. Khalilah L. Brown Dean is an award-winning scholar at Quinnipiac University, author, and host of 'Disrupted' on Connecticut Public.