Community College of Rhode Island

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Contact Information

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Hope Schachter
Program Director

Antonio Lombardi
Program Assistant

Main Office
Liston Campus
2nd Floor, Office 2222
Tel: 401-455-6156
Michele Bourgeois
Liston Campus 2227

Wale Fayanjuola
Liston Campus 2227

Corey Fernandez
Knight Campus 3574

Kemi Odufuye-Langley

Liston Campus 2227

Rekha Rosha

Flanagan Campus 1318

Program Overview


The Connect to College program at CCRI aims to increase college readiness for incoming students and create a community of scholars working together towards degree completion. Connect to College will provide academic advising, review help, financial coaching, and career assessments that link directly to college majors and programming, to aid students in their goal of college graduation. Coordinators will assist students navigate and utilize the many campus resources offered.  Ideally, Connect to College scholars will be entering CCRI with full time student status, but students taking less than a full course load are eligible as well. 


Each C2C scholar is assigned a Concierge Coordinator on one of our CCRI campuses. Coordinators advise their students throughout their academic career at CCRI and connect them with essential campus services such as Financial Aid, the Office of Careers and Internships, JAA, and many others. Additional program benefits include:

  • Text books for LRCT1020 (a 3 credit college success class) free to our students
  • Loaner laptops and calculators are available for educational use on a need and availability basis.  
  • The opportunity to network with students and professionals that are part of the CCRI Community
  • The opportunity to brush up on academic skills and retake the Accuplacer for free, with the goal of test out of developmental, noncredit bearing classes
  • Monthly optional workshops that help students build the skills necessary to be successful in College
  • Community Engagement activities that provide the opportunity for students to give back to their local communities. 
Eligibility and Requirements

In order to become a Connect to College scholar, students must have earned their high school diploma or GED. Additionally, we make it our priority to service students who are low income, first generation, adult learners, or have placed into developmental college courses. It is required that upon admission to the program, students are committed to meeting with their concierge coordinators at least twice a month as well as other responsibilities outlined in their first meeting with their coordinator.

CCRI's Connect to College program is a "College Access Challenge Grant" program funded by the U.S. Department of Education through the RI Office of Higher Education

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Last Updated: 4/17/14