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Naglaa Gaafar

Knight Campus
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Barbie Sanborn
Website Content Manager

Rhode Island College Access Network

Adult Education Panel Event: "The Changing Role of Adult Education in RI College Access"

 The Rhode Island CAN held our first event since the inaugural meeting on April 29, 2011. The meeting brought together 25 statewide practitioners of College Access, most of which working specifically with adult learners. Attendees gathered to engage in discussion with four panel speakers from Dorcas Place, Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiatives (RIFLI), Statewide Transitions/Bridge to College Programs, and the Rhode Island Adult Education Professional Development Center. Opening remarks were given by keynote speaker, Dr. Philip Less from the Adult Basic Education & GED office at RIDE, as well as Janet Castleman-Dean of Providence College School of Continuing Education, and our gracious host. Panelists and guests participated in dialogue addressing: the educational and para educational challenges of adult learners, the challenges of students that transition to post-secondary institutions, the needs of the organization represented by the panelists, and opportunities to collaborate. Review the meeting notes, agenda, and information on RIDE funded Adult Education programs. 

Inaugural Meeting

The Rhode Island College Access Network held its inaugural meeting on April 29, 2011 on the CCRI Knight Campus.  The meeting brought together over 70 statewide College Access practitioners who actively participated in a number of discussion groups pertaining to their view of Rhode Island CAN's role.  Practitioners discussed topics such as: building connections and using the network as a hub; data sharing to increase awareness, avoid duplicate efforts, and facilitate referrals within college access agencies; and the CAN being a resource for college access practitioners. Read more about the event's themes and a letter from the Rhode Island CAN steering committee.  

Meet the Steering Committee -new

The Rhode Island CAN steering committee is composed of five higher education access and success professionals. The steering committee is charged with event programming and composition of the board of directors. Learn more about the steering committee members in their shorts bios. To join the Rhode Island CAN board of directors email Eric Klein at

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