News Release
OCT. 4, 2011

Contact: Maureen Dowdle 203-332-5078


BRIDGEPORT - Maureen Dowdle, Housatonic Community College Director of Institutional Development, has announced that a grant of $2,000 has been received from Target to support the HCC Museum Peer Docent Program.

The Peer Docent program provides after-school arts enrichment and introduces participating high school students to art and art history. Students are taught to look at art critically and practice observing, questioning and discussing ideas using works from the Housatonic Museum of Art collection. The twenty or more students then become docents and demonstrate what they have learned by leading tours for hundreds of other Bridgeport students from the elementary and high schools.

Robbin Zella, HCC Museum Director, says, “The Peer Docent program has been in effect at HCC since 1999 and remains one of our most gratifying educational projects. We have introduced significant numbers of students to art, and to the process of learning to look at art. We are very grateful and, thanks to Target, we are able to continue this important program.”

Since 1946, Target has given 5% of its income to the communities they serve equaling more than $3 million every week. Target administrators add, “We are proud to partner with organizations that meet the needs of our communities, whether it’s inspiring young minds, offering unique cultural experiences, or meeting the community’s most basic needs.”

About the Housatonic Community College Foundation

The Housatonic Community College Foundation was formed in 1990 to assist the College and its students beyond the fundamentals provided by the state. The Foundation provides resources for scholarships, equipment, program enhancements, community outreach and support for the Housatonic Museum of Art. For more information, visit <>  

Housatonic Community College provides an affordable and accessible education through two-year degrees, transfer preparation, and certificate programs, as well as a wide variety of continuing education and personal/professional enrichment seminars and workshops.  In addition, HCC offers employee and occupational training for businesses, municipalities, government agencies, and professional associations to help develop the educated and skilled workforce required to meet regional business and industry needs.  HCC is nationally recognized as an “Achieving the Dream” institution.  To learn more, visit the college’s website at: <> .

HCC is located at 900 Lafayette Blvd. in downtown Bridgeport, less than 150 yards off I-95 (Exit 27) and Rte. 8 (Exit 1), a block from the Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard. Free parking is available in the Housatonic garage.