Jennie Johnson Appointed Vice President for the Division of Workforce Partnerships
January 17, 2023
The Community College of Rhode Island recently announced Jennie Johnson as Vice President for the Division of Workforce Partnerships.
As Vice President for the Division of Workforce Partnerships, she will lead workforce development efforts at the college, including developing customized trainings in business and industry, workforce development programs, small business and entrepreneurial programs, adult education, transportation programs, and career services.
For the past 16 years, Johnson has served as Executive Director and Senior Vice President for City Year Providence, where she has been responsible for managing the site’s budget and leading the strategy and execution of the organization’s governmental and external relations, development and fundraising, communications, service and impact, recruitment, training, and evaluation components.
Johnson is a proud CCRI and Rhode Island College alumna who earned her bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Psychology. She is also a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program and the American Express Nonprofit Leadership Academy.
She currently serves as a Commissioner on the Rhode Island State Board of Elections and previously served on the CCRI Alumni Association Board of Directors. She was named a recipient of the “40 Under Forty” award from Providence Business News and the Women of Excellence award from the Women’s Center of RI, and was named one of GoLocalProv’s “12 people who made a difference in RI 2012.” In 2015, City Year Providence was honored by Providence Business News with a Business Excellence Award for Excellence at a Non-Profit.
Johnson is a transformative and widely-respected community and education leader with strong and trusted connections to local, state, and national public and private stakeholders.
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.