Gov. McKee signs legislation making Promise scholarship permanent at CCRI
May 28, 2021
Governor Dan McKee, joined by Lt. Governor Sabina Matos, House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi, Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio, Commissioner on Postsecondary Education Shannon Gilkey Ed.D., and Community College of Rhode Island President Meghan Hughes today signed into law legislation (2021-H 5224A, 2021-H 0097A) which makes the Rhode Island Promise program permanent.
The bill-signing took place at CCRI’s Knight Campus. David Mota, a CCRI graduate who benefitted from Rhode Island Promise, shared his story about what the program meant to him.
“Signing this bill into law marks a significant investment in affordable, accessible higher education for Rhode Island students,” said Governor Dan McKee. “Rhode Island Promise has helped remove barriers many of our students face in seeking higher education, and encourages them to maintain good academic standing. Access to quality higher education supports our economy and our workforce, and enriches the lives of so many who call Rhode Island home. I thank Speaker Shekarchi and Senate President Ruggerio for championing this bill and making it a priority this legislative session.”
The program, originally set to expire with the high school graduating class of 2021, provides up to two years of free tuition for eligible graduating high school seniors who begin classes at CCRI the following fall. To benefit from the scholarship, students must be full-time students who qualify for in-state tuition, and they must maintain at least a 2.5 GPA and remain on track to graduate from CCRI on time.
“I want to express my gratitude to Speaker Shekarchi and Senate President Ruggerio for their leadership,” said Lt. Governor Sabina Matos. “The College Promise program allows an opportunity for our state’s residents to gain access to a quality education and to further their goals. I’m glad to see this program will continue to benefit future generations of learners.”
“The Promise program is an excellent example of how we can prioritize affordable college options for all Rhode Islanders. The best investment we can make to help individuals achieve their goals is to give them the access to a college education, which is the pathway to a brighter future,” said House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi (D-Dist. 23, Warwick), bill sponsor.
“Rhode Island, the nation and the world are increasingly knowledge economies. Higher education is more necessary than ever before, and it has to be available and affordable for all Rhode Islanders. Rhode Island Promise has proven itself effective, significantly improving two-year graduation rates for students. Removing barriers to higher education, particularly its high cost, supports families, helps Rhode Islanders land better jobs, makes our workforce more attractive to employers and strengthens our economy. Rhode Island Promise is a great program that has proven itself effective, and we strongly support making it a permanent resource for students,” said Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio (D-Dist. 4, North Providence, Providence), bill sponsor.
“On behalf of the faculty, staff and Rhode Island Promise students, we are incredibly grateful to Governor McKee, Speaker Shekarchi, Senate President Ruggerio, and the members of the House and Senate for making the Rhode Island Promise Scholarship program permanent, and with it, access to higher education a reality for thousands of Rhode Island families,” said CCRI President Meghan Hughes. “Thanks to the Rhode Island Promise Scholarship program, many more Rhode Islanders are going to college, graduating, and either continuing with their education or entering the workforce with the skills and talent needed to earn a family-sustaining wage. The program is a sound investment in our state’s economic future and provides our students with the opportunity to succeed. I believe now, more than ever, Rhode Island families need the security of knowing that, no matter their economic situation, their children have a path forward to a quality degree and, with it, a brighter future.”
During the first two years of the Rhode Island Promise Program, between 2016 and 2018, the college-going rate increased 8 percentage points, from 59 percent to 67 percent. That data demonstrates that more Rhode Island high school graduates are taking advantage of the scholarship and are going to college.
Spring 2023 Dean's List
June 02, 2023
The Community College of Rhode Island announces its Spring 2023 Dean's List.
Students enrolled in a degree program who have completed 12 credits with a grade point average of 3.25 or higher this semester with no grade lower than “C” are eligible for this scholastic honor.
Through trying times, CCRI's Class of 2023 excels at its highest level
May 24, 2023
Amidst a sea of decorative caps, multi-colored stoles, and smiling faces basking in the glow of their academic achievement, the Community College of Rhode Island capped the 2022–23 academic year with its 58th commencement ceremony at The Amica Mutual Pavilion in Providence.
Several hundred graduates from the Class of 2023 – along with family and friends – gathered at The AMP to celebrate in what will be the final commencement under the leadership of CCRI President Meghan Hughes, who is leaving the college at the beginning of September.
CCRI honors this year's P-TECH, Accelerate dual-enrollment graduates
May 24, 2023
Nine students from North Providence High School and 60 from various Providence Public Schools were honored Tuesday at a special Recognition Ceremony at the Community College of Rhode Island’s Providence Campus for completing two of the college’s beneficial dual-enrollment programs.
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston CEO to speak at Warwick campus Thursday
May 24, 2023
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston President and CEO Dr. Susan M. Collins makes her first appearance at any college or university in New England since becoming president at the Community College of Rhode Island's Warwick Campus on Thursday, May 25 from 10:30–11:30 am.
In Thursday's presentation, Dr. Collins will share how the Federal Reserve makes economic policy and its impact on individuals and families
Inaugural Delta Dental scholarship students honored at Dental Hygiene pinning ceremony
May 19, 2023
The Community College of Rhode Island Dental Hygiene Program recognized its graduating class of future dental hygienists and assistants at a Pinning Ceremony on Monday, more than half of whom were recipients of the inaugural Delta Dental of Rhode Island Scholarship.
A three-year initiative launched this academic year to address an emerging nationwide shortage of professional dental hygienists, the Delta Dental of Rhode Island Scholarship program provides financial support to students in CCRI’s Dental Hygiene Program who commit to working in Rhode Island for at least one year after graduation. Twelve of the 21 members of CCRI’s graduating class this year were recipients of the scholarship.
Unfiltered Lens editor, Class of 2023 graduate carves her own legacy at CCRI
May 16, 2023
After reviving the college’s dormant student newspaper and overcoming hurdles in and out of the classroom, Community College of Rhode Island Class of 2023 graduate Nina Fauci is more than ready for the next step in journey.
The 20-year-old Fauci; a Tiverton, RI, resident; Rhode Island Promise scholar, and departing Editor-in-Chief of The Unfiltered Lens; graduates Thursday with her associate degree in General Studies. A creative writing and poetry enthusiast who one day dreams of publishing her own work, Fauci will transfer to Emerson University in the fall to pursue her bachelor’s degree in Writing, Literature, and Publishing.
Class of 2023 commencement speaker delivers message of acceptance and equality
May 16, 2023
The Community College of Rhode Island gave William Soly everything he could ask for in addition to the support he never knew he needed.
Soly, a Rhode Island Promise scholar, first-generation college graduate, and this year’s student speaker at the CCRI’s 58th commencement ceremony graduates Thursday with his associate degree in General Studies with a concentration in Education, Government, & Human Services.
As a voice for students, Class of 2023 graduate Spencer overcomes all odds
May 12, 2023
The Community College of Rhode Island is where students of all ages and backgrounds come to find a clear path to a high-quality education.
Few travel the road faster or make a greater impact than Ana Duarte Spencer.
Class of 2023 graduate inspires others through the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King
May 11, 2023
A chance encounter with one of America’s most famous civil rights activists led Community College of Rhode Island first-generation Class of 2023 graduate Shane Lee down an unexpected career path.
Now the 36-year-old Providence, RI, native and married father of five is hoping to follow in the footsteps of his predecessors and continue teaching the philosophies that have inspired countless others.
Collegiate DECA chapter shines at annual conference in Orlando
May 01, 2023
The Community College of Rhode Island’s Collegiate DECA chapter capped another strong academic year at the 2023 International Career Development Conference (ICDC) in Orlando with several team and individual awards in addition to Business and Professional Studies Professor Joanne Orabone winning another award for her service to Collegiate DECA.
The ICDC provides members the chance to network with representatives from National DECA’s corporate sponsors in career exhibits. Students also engage and network with business professionals through the Professional Development Series, with presentations focusing on topics such as personal branding, money matters, sustainability, mastering motivation, and dressing for success, which provide DECA members with an opportunity to gain real-world insight from many business and industry professionals.
Off The Cuff: Nursing Honor Society
May 01, 2023
CCRI remains the state’s only public associate degree-registered nursing program with seamless options to become a certified nursing assistant and licensed practical nurse, and one of the many benefits of enrolling at the college to pursue a nursing degree is the opportunity to join CCRI's Gamma Lambda Chapter of the Alpha Delta Nu Nursing Honor Society.
Alpha Delta Nu Nursing Honor Society aims to recognize the academic excellence of associate degree nursing students and encourage students to pursue advanced nursing degrees. To be eligible, students must maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average, with at least a B in all nursing classes and demonstrate conduct on campus and in the clinical areas that reflects integrity and professionalism.
Players address racial stereotypes in season-ending production of Yellowman
April 27, 2023
The CCRI Players close out the Spring 2023 semester with a production of Yellowman, a 2002 Pulitzer Prize in Drama finalist written by actress, poet and playwright Dael Orlandersmith.
Yellowman premiers tonight at 7:30 at the Providence Campus Auditorium with additional shows Friday at 7:30, Saturday at 2 and 7:30 pm, and Sunday at 2. Tickets are available online or at the auditorium box office and are priced at $12 for general admission and $19 for students, employees, and seniors.
Getting to Know: Christine Lynch
April 26, 2023
To celebrate #OTmonth at CCRI, we're profiling several members of our OTA staff who've been inspired professionally by their work in this industry and who continue to inspire students looking to join the OTA workforce.
Today, we check in with Assistant Professor and Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Director Christine Lynch, who joined the college mid-pandemic in December of 2020 and has now been a part of our community for two and a half years.
Getting to Know: Linda Gatewood
April 24, 2023
April is Occupational Therapy Month — an excellent opportunity to share the value of occupational therapy.
Occupational Therapists evaluate and treat people who have injuries, illnesses, or disabilities to help them live independently and meet goals to develop, recover, improve, and maintain skills needed for daily living and working.
CCRI Accounting Professor Renza earns prestigious Legends award
April 14, 2023
Warwick, RI – Community College of Rhode Island Business and Professional Studies Professor John “Jack” Renza Jr. has been chosen to receive the Rhode Island Society of CPAs and RI Business Forum (RISCPA) inaugural Industry Legends Award for his unprecedented contributions toward strengthening the CPA profession, higher education, and Rhode Island’s business climate.
Renza, of Hope, RI, celebrates his 48th year of teaching Accounting at CCRI in December and is one of four to receive the Society’s Industry Legends Award at the RISCPA’s 2023 Annual Meeting and Reception on Thursday, April 20 at 6 pm at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick, RI. He joins Ernie Almonte, William (Bill) Pirolli, and Alan Litwin as this year’s recipients.