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Ray Di Pasquale Ray Di Pasquale

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400 East Ave.
Warwick, RI 02886

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President Di Pasquale presents college news to Board of Education

Oct. 7, 2013


The following news and achievements about CCRI students, faculty and staff were highlighted during the Board of Education meeting on Oct. 7.

CCRI hosts Rhode Island Manufacturing Day

The Community College of Rhode Island hosted Rhode Island Manufacturing Day on Friday, Oct. 4. Approximately 50 visitors attended, including business owners, manufacturing board members and politicians.

The attendees toured CCRI’s 5,000-square-foot integrated manufacturing center and learned about the college’s two certificate programs – Introduction to CNC Manufacturing and CNC Manufacturing and 3-D Modeling – both of which prepare students for a seamless transfer into an Engineering Systems Technology associate degree or study at a four-year institution.

Among the presenters were Bill McCourt, president of the R.I. Manufacturer’s Association, and House Majority Leader Nicholas Mattiello.

Fall 2013 enrollment

Final fall enrollment is 17,699, with a full-time equivalency of 10,767. Of particular note are our 35 percent minority enrollment – the highest at any institution of higher education in the state – and an 8 percent increase in enrollment at our Westerly satellite campus this fall.

The five majors with the highest enrollment are General Studies, Law Enforcement, General Business, Accounting and Nursing Level 1.

The top 10 cities in which CCRI students reside are: Providence, Cranston, Warwick, Pawtucket, East Providence, Coventry, Woonsocket, North Providence, West Warwick and Cumberland.

Radiography degree program is reaccredited

I am pleased to report that the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) has renewed the accreditation status of CCRI’s Radiography associate degree program for eight additional years.

JRCERT is the only agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for the accreditation of traditional and distance delivery educational programs in radiography, radiation therapy, magnetic resonance and medical dosimetry. The program was evaluated according to the Standards for an Accredited Educational Program in Radiography. JRCERT’s next interim site visit is tentatively scheduled for the third quarter of 2016.

The successful reaccreditation is a testament to the dedication of our faculty and staff and the hard work of our students, and it is a demonstration of CCRI’s commitment to continue to be the No. 1 provider of nurses and allied health care workers in the state.

STEM Connect grant renewed

CCRI has received a $271,023 grant from the Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to continue piloting STEM Connect, a concurrent enrollment partnership program in science, technology, engineering and math for the state’s high school students.

In the program, qualified high school students can enroll in college credit-bearing courses taught by their own teachers within their own high schools. Courses have the same curriculum content and assessments as those offered on the CCRI campuses.

This fall, 12 students are enrolled in Introduction to Engineering and Technology, a three-credit course, at Westerly High School after STEM Connect successfully piloted the program there this spring. Next semester, Mt. Hope High School in Bristol will offer Introduction to Biotechnology Lab Skills through the STEM Connect program.

STEM Connect is part of the STEM Plus grant, which aims to strengthen, expand and update the engineering and technology programs at CCRI to make them more responsive to the changing demands of the workplace while also reaching out to secondary schools to encourage curriculum development that will allow for expanded opportunities for their students.

Research indicates that students who participate in concurrent enrollment programs are more likely to graduate from high school, enroll in college, earn higher grade point averages and complete college degrees. These are all positive outcomes for our students, partner secondary schools, CCRI and our state’s employers.

Post-show discussions added to CCRI Players’ performances

The Community College of Rhode Island Players will open their 2013-14 season with Frederick Knott’s masterfully constructed thriller “Wait Until Dark” – in which a blind woman finds herself in a game of “cat and mouse” with a con man – from Oct. 17 to 20 in the Bobby Hackett Theater at the Knight Campus, 400 East Ave., Warwick.

Performances times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 17 to 19, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 20. The audience will be invited to remain for post-show discussions about various aspects of the play following the Thursday and Friday night performances. Discussion leaders will be Assistant Professor Mark England of the CCRI Criminal Justice Department on Thursday and Grace Pires, president of the Rhode Island Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind, on Friday.

College to host public security awareness day

Registration is underway for CCRI’s Oct. 30 “Building a Culture of Security Awareness,” a free, one-day program in recognition of October as National Cyber Security Awareness Month.

The morning program is open to the public and will feature a presentation on social media and open source targeting by Scott G. Brown, an FBI intelligence analyst assigned to the Boston Division. Working for Boston’s Field Intelligence Group and assigned to the Boston Marathon Bombing Task Force, he has helped integrate FBI intelligence and operational components via social media training, analysis and exploitation.

Also in the morning will be “Where do you draw the creepy line? Privacy, big data analytics and the Internet of things” by Rebecca Herold, who has been providing information privacy, security and compliance services, tools and products to organizations in a extensive range of industries for more than two decades. A third morning presentation by Henry Marquez of ePlus | Security is titled “The unknown threat: Who's inside your organization?”

Afternoon speakers include leaders from the international SANS Institute, Atrion Corp., the URI Digital Forensics Center, Fitchburg State and Brown University.

Renowned stem cell researcher to speak at CCRI

Dr. Robert P. Lanza will present “Cloning Stem Cells and the Future of Life” from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 29, in the Bobby Hackett Theater at the Community College of Rhode Island Knight Campus in Warwick. A reception and book signing will follow

Lanza is chief scientific officer at Advanced Cell Technology and an adjunct professor at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He has created hundreds of publications and inventions and written more than 30 scientific books including “Principles of Tissue Engineering” and “Essentials of Stem Cell Biology,” which are recognized as the definitive references in the field.

Admission is free and the event is open to the public. This event is sponsored by the CCRI Foundation, Human Services Club - Flanagan Campus and Biology Department. For more information, call 401-825-2400.

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