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CCRI welcomes students from Bermuda on first stop of their Northeast college tour

Feb. 17, 2016

Students from the Berkeley Institute in Bermuda tour the television studio at CCRI's Knight Campus. Students from the Berkeley Institute in Bermuda tour the television studio at CCRI's Knight Campus as part of their visit to the college, the first stop on their tour of several in the Northeast.

A group of 16 students and three teachers from the Berkeley Institute in Bermuda chose the Community College of Rhode Island to open their first ever tour of American colleges in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

CCRI staff welcomed the students today with open arms and organized a lunch, presentations from faculty members and admissions officers as well as a campus tour. Associate Director of Enrollment Services Deborah Watson said although CCRI often hosts individuals and groups of students, it was the first time a group of international students have traveled to tour the college together.

“This is very exciting for us,” Watson said. “They seem to be very interested in our programs, and this is something that, hopefully, we’ll be able to do next year.”

Watson said CCRI already has a well-planned pathway for international students who are seeking admission. Associate Director of Admissions Rob Giovino oversees the applications for those students, due on March 31 this year.

This impressed Berkeley senior Josiah Smith, who was pleased to learn about the support system for international students at the college. Smith said the support was important although he isn’t intimidated by travel, having gone on missionary trips in Africa and South America. He added that the United States offered exciting opportunities that he was eager to take advantage of, and he was pleased with the friendliness and openness of the staff and educators he met.

“I’m looking for an idea of where I would like to go and learning about different experiences,” he said of his visit, noting that he eventually wants to study both art and business to design his own clothing line.

Students listen to presentations.Trevor Haynes is instructional team leader for the technical subjects department at the institute, one of two public schools on the island that serves between 700 and 800 students. He said that the students who came on the trip were assembled from a wide variety of interests, though they all are enrolled in technical courses at the institute. Other colleges on the itinerary included New England Institute of Technology, Johnson & Wales University, the International Yacht Restoration School and, time permitting, Harvard and Boston universities, Boston College, and University of Massachusetts.

“We wanted to show our students what’s available to them,” said Haynes. “And for those who haven’t decided what they want to do, it helps them to be able to make a decision and to go off to college.”

Haynes said that the reception the students received was “way beyond expectations,” noting that they were simply expecting a tour, but received a warm welcome as well as information they need.

“I find it very interesting here,” said junior Allanna Jones. She is unsure of her college plans, but knows she wants to study premed and eventually become a pediatrician. “I’m opening up my options, looking at different things. There’s so much to offer at this school.”

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