A message from the President
More than 64,000 graduates call the Community College of Rhode Island their alma mater and I invite you to explore the wealth of opportunities available to you at the largest community college in New England.
I welcome you and hope our website helps you as you plan that next step along your educational path. As the college commentates its 50th anniversary in 2014-15, it is a time to celebrate the students, faculty, staff and alumni who represent all we have accomplished since we opened our doors in 1964.
From humble beginnings on Promenade Street in Providence, with 325 students and 11 faculty members, the Community College of Rhode Island has grown to nearly 18,000 students and 850 faculty across four main campuses and two satellites.
This milestone means that CCRI has been contributing to not only the educational level in the state but also to the state of Rhode Island's economic development and the region's work force.
It is also an opportunity for us to look ahead to the future. By providing open access to higher education to recent high school graduates and adult learners, we are well-positioned to continue to provide Rhode Islanders and others the chance to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for intellectual, professional and personal growth through the array of academic, career and lifelong learning programs we offer. And perhaps, in these challenging times, CCRI's role in education is even more critical than ever before.
CCRI offers more than 80 degree and certificate programs to its approximately 18,000 students and its non-credit classes for workforce training or personal enrichment through the Center for Workforce and Community Education receive more than 30,000 registrations annually.
We set high academic standards necessary for transfer and career success. In fact, approximately 70 percent of entering CCRI students plan to transfer to four- year colleges or universities. Two options CCRI offers to make this transition easier include transfer through the Joint Admissions Agreement with RIC and URI or through the more than 70 articulation agreements CCRI has with other colleges and universities across the country.
More than 90 percent of recent graduates are employed, continuing their education or a combination of both.
Please continue to explore our website to find out for yourself how CCRI can change your life and help you achieve your dreams.
I wish you the best as you pursue your educational goals and I hope to see you on one of our campuses in the near future.
Ray M. Di Pasquale
Community College of Rhode Island
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