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Ray Di Pasquale Ray Di Pasquale

Knight Campus
Room 3328
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400 East Ave.
Warwick, RI 02886

Fax: 401-825-2166
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Board of Education report shares college news

A message from President Di Pasquale, Sept. 9, 2013


Along with my fellow presidents at the University of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College, I am responsible for submitting a President’s Report at each monthly Board of Education meeting. These reports highlight achievements, accomplishments and events, along with the good work being done here at our community college. In the past, president’s reports were seen only by members of the Board, but I want to share these ongoing reports with our faculty, students and staff.

Fall 2013 enrollment

Enrollment numbers have not yet been certified but our unduplicated head count for the semester as of this afternoon is 17,790. This number represents a .5 percent decrease from last fall’s final enrollment of 17,884 – however, final enrollment figures will not be available until October 1 and the number may top 18,000 by that time. Our FTE is 11,006, or 47 more than final Fall 2012 numbers. Student credit hours also are up slightly over last year. Of particular note are increases in enrollment at our Westerly satellite campus – up 18.2 percent over last fall – and our Liston Campus in Providence, which has seen a 5.6 percent increase in enrollment this year. Our distance learning enrollment is also up 8.6 percent over last fall.

CCRI partners in attracting business to Rhode Island

CCRI’s Workforce Partnerships (Workforce Partnerships) has partnered with the governor’s office, Rhode Island Economic Development Corp. and the Department of Labor and Training to provide the incentives necessary for Tunstall Industries to relocate from Long Island City, N.Y., to Pawtucket. Tunstall Industries is a telehealth call center that has promised to employ and provide full-time benefitted positions to 250 unemployed Rhode Islanders. As part of the $3.4 million TAAACT grant, CCRI is providing workforce training for all applicants approved for positions. So far, more than 110 formerly unemployed Rhode Islanders are working at Tunstall.

Workforce Partnerships sees increase in workforce training

The college’s workforce training arm has seen a 7 percent increase in revenue during 2013 over the previous year. Some of the businesses and organizations that have contracted with Workforce Partnerships include:

  • Carousel Industries: leadership training
  • Mearthane Products Corp.: DiSC®
  • BankNewport: time management, fundamentals of banking, business writing workshop
  • Centreville Bank: managing performance of others
  • Tiffany & Co.: Workplace ESL
  • Care New England: numerous credit courses
  • Lifespan: numerous credit courses
  • Taco Inc.: Workplace ESL
  • East Bay Community Action: online training
  • Coastal Medical: workforce training
  • Trudeau Center: workforce training
  • IBEW: workforce training
  • Women & Infants: numerous credit courses

PACE grant continues to provide employment opportunities

Concentrating on the high-growth health care and information technology industries, the PACE grant had a three-year goal of placing 225 unemployed Rhode Islanders into career-ladder, family-sustaining jobs. To date, with a year to go, PACE has helped to place 349 unemployed Rhode Islanders into jobs, many of them career ladder and family sustaining.

Responding directly to the TechCollective and Defense Industry Governor’s Workforce Board Skills Gaps study that equates soft skills with employability for Rhode Island’s chronically underemployed and unemployed, PACE has created course content and is providing the instructors and instructional materials for the workplace readiness “Soft (Core) Skills” modules for the following:

  • The Trudeau Center has received a Governor’s Workforce Board Innovation Grant to train unemployed/underemployed individuals to work as direct support professionals in the human services field. Graduates of the program will be prepared to work supporting individuals with disabilities. CCRI is the education partner for this grant. It is an eight-week training program and students complete two 3-credit classes, a customized PACE program, and 65 hours of an internship at a local agency supporting individuals with disabilities. Trudeau’s goal is to train 100 students over the course of the grant.
  • Partnership with the New England Institute of Technology’s TAACCCT2 Shipbuilding and Marine Trades program.
  • Workforce solutions training for DHS’ Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF) recipients.
  • PACE is providing the job coaches for the Workforce Innovation Fund supported R.I. Department of Labor and Training Careers On-Ramp program.

Fire Science program awarded FESHE certification

I am proud to announce that CCRI has been awarded Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) certification, making us the only college in New England to offer a FESHE-accredited Fire Science associate degree program.

The U.S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Academy has established the FESHE network of post-secondary institutions promoting higher education and enhancing the recognition of fire and emergency services as a profession. Since 1999, FESHE leaders have worked to produce, through consensus, a standardized undergraduate curriculum that is national in scope, content and outcomes. The curriculum linkage represents a milestone in fire and emergency services education: If students’ fire science associate degree offers these six model courses, they are better prepared for bachelor’s course work.

CCRI offered four of the six courses required for FESHE certification and has rewritten some of our courses and added two new courses to meet the criteria.

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.

College to host public security awareness day

In recognition of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, CCRI will host “Building a Culture of Security Awareness,” a free, one-day program open to the public at the Knight Campus in Warwick on Oct. 30. Leading subject matter experts will share their insights and perspective on the foremost security trends, prevention awareness, identity management, impact on personal privacy, digital forensics, detection and prevention technology, the cost of security and strategies to build an in-house security program.

Speakers include Rebecca Herold, the nationally recognized “privacy professor” and Scott Brown of the Boston FBI Intelligence Branch as well as leaders from the international SANS Institute, the URI Digital Forensics Center and Brown University.

Observatory now has new astro-imaging equipment

The college recently developed a new digital astro-imaging program at the Margaret Jacoby Observatory that will allow students, faculty and staff the opportunity to take high-resolution images of astronomical objects, nebulae and galaxies. The newly installed science-grade CCD-camera is capable of collecting photometric data for scientific research projects as well as amazing pictures of space.

Several faculty and staff members in Physics, Engineering and Technology and Information Technology, students, and Brown faculty and staff installed a new, high-precision telescope mount capable of supporting arcsecond stellar tracking for long-exposure imaging. The first pictures are now coming into focus and they are spectacular. Future goals include using the imaging system in collaboration with colleagues at other universities to take stereoscopic images of stars using two telescope systems, a process known as interferometry.

American Conference for Irish Studies will be held at CCRI

Scholars from across the United States and Canada will attend the New England regional meeting of the American Conference for Irish Studies on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 1 and 2, at our Knight Campus in Warwick. There will be three featured speakers: best-selling memoirist Michael Patrick MacDonald; editor of the New Hibernia Review James Silas Rogers; and fiction writer Aine Greaney. In addition, Scott Molloy of the University of Rhode Island will lead a panel on the recent revival of interest in Irish history and culture in Rhode Island, and scholars will deliver more than 40 academic papers during the conference. We are particularly excited that MacDonald, author of this year’s Common Book Project selection, “All Souls,” will speak to CCRI students and faculty on that Friday afternoon.

CCRI graduate to keynote nursing conference

The Community College of Rhode Island will host a professional development conference for nursing professionals called “Connect to the past: Care for the future” from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Newport County Campus. The event is sponsored by the CCRI Nursing Alumni Chapter.

Keynote speaker Antonia G. McGuire ’75, president and CEO of the Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center in Worcester, Mass., will talk about the Affordable Care Act and discuss nurses’ role in its implementation. Following her presentation, a panel of CCRI alumni professionals will discuss how nurses can transform health care in Rhode Island.

Admission is free for CCRI students and faculty. The admission fee for alumni and guests is $20, which covers the cost of CEU credits and a light lunch. Registration and conference details are available at

CCRI Foundation fundraiser planning underway

The Community College of Rhode Island Foundation will hold its annual flagship fundraiser, the Changing Lives Celebration, on Thursday, Dec. 12, at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet in Cranston. The event celebrates champions of business, community and education in Rhode Island. Event organizers will announce honorees later this month.

Golf tournament proceeds will support CCRI students

The Community College of Rhode Island will hold its 19th annual Fall Classic golf tournament at the Alpine Country Club on Sept. 16. The event netted more than $43,000 last year, all of which supported various scholarships and helped to defray tuition costs for students. Golfer and foursome slots are still available. 

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