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From 12 community colleges to 1: A new Connecticut State Community College

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John Maduko, President, CT State Community College

This hour on Disrupted, Connecticut’s 12 community colleges will officially merge into a single institution in July of 2023. John Maduko is the president of the new Connecticut State Community College. He tells us his vision for what the merger could mean for the state. We also hear from students, faculty, and staff. Hearst Media reporter Jacqueline Rabe Thomas also joins us to provide additional context on the merger.


  • Jacqueline Rabe Thomas: Investigative Reporter at Hearst CT Media
  • John Shafer: Professor at Middlesex Community College
  • Rebecca Beltrán: Guided Pathways Advisor at Middlesex Community College
  • David Blitz: Professor of Philosophy at Central Connecticut State University, Chair of the Faculty Advisory Committee to the Board of Regents
  • Dr. John Maduko: President of Connecticut State Community College

We want to thank Taylor Doyle, our intern, who also contributed to producing this episode.

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Kevin Chang Barnum is a producer for Connecticut Public Radio’s weekly show Disrupted. Kevin grew up in Connecticut and started his radio work at his graduate university’s radio station, KUCI. He has also worked for HRN, a network of food and beverage podcasts.
Emily Charash is a podcast producer for Seasoned and Disrupted. She also produces branded podcasts for museums, cultural institutions, and businesses. Emily grew up in Newtown, Connecticut and loves UCONN women’s basketball!
Dr. Khalilah L. Brown-Dean is an award-winning scholar at Wesleyan University, author, and host of 'Disrupted' on Connecticut Public.
Catie Talarski is Senior Director of Storytelling and Radio Programming at Connecticut Public.