From its modest beginning with 325 students in 1964, to its present enrollment of almost 18,000 students, Community College of Rhode Island has grown to meet the goals of its founders. For 45 years, the College's challenge has been to provide academic transfer programs, career oriented training and student support services of the highest caliber.
Community College of Rhode Island offers programs in academic and vocational-technical areas as well as a full complement of programs and services for full and part-time students, for recent high school graduates and for older, adult learners.
The student body at the Community College of Rhode Island enjoys considerable diversity in ages, cultures and experiences. Sixty-two percent are women, 70 percent are part-time, 38 percent are from an ethnic minority group, and 60 percent are 25 years of age or older.
Many graduating students transfer to four-year colleges and universities(PDF*). Others complete career-oriented programs which can lead to immediate employment in technical fields.
CCRI's faculty(PDF*) totals approximately 300 full-time members.
Community College of Rhode Island grants the Associate in Arts (A.A.), the Associate in Science (A.S.), the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.), the Associate in Applied Science in Technical Studies (A.A.S.-T.S.) and the Associate in Fine Arts (A.F.A.) degrees. Several one-year certificates are also awarded.
CCRI opens its facilities for public use, sponsors programs on issues of public concern, and offers workshops and seminars for small businesses, for government agencies and for individuals seeking to improve their skills or enhance their lives.
In every sense, CCRI strives to be Rhode Island's community college meeting the educational needs of the people of this state.
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