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Program helps incoming students
acclimate to higher education

Feb. 28, 2013

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If you have been thinking about attending the Community College of Rhode Island and are dealing with financial constraints, family or professional commitments – or if you have been away from school for a long time – the Connect to College (C2C) program may be for you.

The goal of this program is to introduce students who meet certain qualifications to the many support services that exist at CCRI. All C2C participants will have their own "concierge coordinator" to guide them through the college experience.

Connect to College is for incoming students or those in their first or second semester. It is focused on providing individual attention and includes academic, social and motivational interventions within one program, representing a unique approach to college access and completion.

Through their counselor, students are provided with academic advising; financial literacy instruction; math, reading and writing help; career assessments; and other services aimed at helping students graduate. The overall goal is to teach students about the college environment and give them the skills and confidence they need to succeed.

"We want students to persist and feel good about their college experience," said C2C Program Director Hope Schachter. "It's about providing support and direction. The goal is graduation."

If students are behind in core areas such as math and reading, targeted remediation is available to bring them up to the college level. Members of the C2C program also have free access to CCRI's "College Success" class, a three-credit course that provides time management and study tips as well as career exploration and overall self-awareness strategies.

"It's about networking and building relationships and offering students skills that they will carry with them after they graduate," Schachter said. "We like to think that we are providing students with life skills."

The C2C program is focused on individual attention: making sure that each student has his or her needs met and, more importantly, showing students how to be their own advocates. At the same time, students will have the opportunity to get to know other participants in the program, giving them friends and study partners.

Enrollment in the C2C program is free but students must have a high school diploma or GED® credential and be U.S. citizens or legal residents. Applicants must be either low-income, the first in their family to attend college or a returning adult student. Small scholarships are available. Prospective students must apply to CCRI separately from the C2C program.

The C2C program is funded by the College Access Challenge Grant from the R.I. Office of Higher Education. CCRI, the University of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College – the state's three public higher education institutions – received a part of the grant and will spend it in their own ways. The C2C program represents CCRI's use of the grant.

For more information, visit the program website or call Schachter at 401-825-2384.


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