Question 1 in special election proposes much-needed upgrades at CCRI, RIC, URI
February 16, 2021
This is a critical time to invest in the state’s public University and colleges as they prepare students to meet the challenges facing our world today and in the future. As this pandemic has evolved, never has it been more important to advance science and technology, educate and equip students for today’s workforce, meet the needs of employers, and create an environment where our students can succeed and thrive.
Public higher education in Rhode Island continues to make significant strides impacting the workforce and economic development to move the state forward. On March 2, voters will be asked to invest in the future of higher education in Rhode Island by approving Question 1, a $107 million bond for significant capital investments at the Community College of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College, and the University of Rhode Island. Bond passage would allow for improvements in labs and classrooms in vital areas such as science, technology, fine and performing arts, and career preparation.
Question 1 would designate $12 million for facility and program enhancements at three of the Community College of Rhode Island’s four campuses; $38 million for the renovation of Rhode Island College’s Clarke Science Building, and $57.3 million to continue major renovations to the University of Rhode Island’s Fine Arts Center.
“As the only community college in the state, CCRI serves more than 44,000 Rhode Islanders annually, with most of our students remaining in the state after graduation, joining the workforce and continuing their education,” said CCRI President Meghan Hughes. “With passage of this bond, CCRI will undertake the critically important renovation of our student–support spaces along with the modernization of our educational spaces to become state-of-the-art labs and classrooms.”
“The higher education bond on the March 2 ballot is an opportunity for Rhode Island voters to support their public university and colleges and provide students with an education and experience that will serve them well in their careers and lives,” said URI President David M. Dooley. “Rehabilitating and modernizing our facilities is critical to staying competitive, and to being a vital partner in helping to revitalize and strengthen the Rhode Island economy.”
“A modernized Clarke Science facility will support the state’s economy while positioning RIC to be more competitive in the region. Rhode Island College is an emerging leader in STEM-related fields such medical imaging, nursing and the physical sciences. As our state and country navigate the global pandemic, it will become increasingly important to provide high-quality academic programming combined with state-of-the-art facilities and cutting-edge technology,” said President Frank D. Sánchez.
If Question 1 is approved, $12 million would finance facility enhancements at CCRI’s Knight Campus in Warwick, Flanagan Campus in Lincoln, and Liston Campus in Providence. The projects will modernize spaces in some areas that have seen little change in more than 50 years, enabling the college to better prepare students to enter the state’s workforce. Specifically, the bond would support:
- Transform how CCRI serves students on the Knight and Flanagan campuses with the construction of a one-stop shop designed for students to easily connect with student support services including admissions, advising, veterans’ affairs, financial aid, career services, and disability services.
- Enhance accessibility at the Knight Campus with construction of an additional elevator and improved pedestrian traffic flow on the ground and first levels.
- Renovate classrooms and labs at the Flanagan and Liston campuses to support collaborative learning and equip the college with critical technology upgrades.
- Provide students with spaces and technology to engage in real-world experiences.
- Better prepare students to enter the Rhode Island workforce.
Rhode Island College’s portion of the bond — $38 million — would allow it to completely modernize and expand the Clarke Science Building on its Providence campus. The building is home to the college’s programs in physics, chemistry, nuclear medicine, geology, astronomy and oceanography. In addition to the courses offered to science majors, classes taught in Clarke Science supplement other majors like environmental studies, medical imaging, health education and nursing.
Since the building’s construction in 1962, there have been upgrades to specific rooms and laboratories, but much of the building remains as it was nearly 60 years ago. The proposed renovation will begin with an addition to the building that will house new research laboratories for every full-time faculty member and add space for the medical imaging program. The original building will contain new faculty offices, additional lab spaces and classrooms along with common areas and collaborative spaces for students. The renovation would be complete by 2024
Home to the URI’s theatre, music and art programs, the 53-year-old Fine Arts Center supports 5,000 students annually, with many going on to enrich the state with their skills as teachers, actors, artists and musicians, and with some alumni reaching the top of their fields.
The center is also a resource for the wider community with more than 50,000 visitors each year for theatre productions, dozens of annual concerts, festivals, music camps and gallery exhibits.
The $57.3 million bond will continue significant renovations to modernize the center. When completed, the entire Fine Arts complex, including this central academic building, will continue to be an important asset to the state in attracting talent, providing rich cultural and artistic experiences, educating our future designers, performing artists, and entrepreneurs, and contributing to the creative economy that is critically important to our state.
The proposed project will involve construction of an 82,000-square-foot main academic building that provides updated classroom and laboratory space necessary to deliver hundreds of courses to students. Work on the project would start in summer 2022 and take about two years to complete, while creating an estimated 647 construction industry-related jobs.
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.
CCRI to host its second annual Cybersecurity Night
April 11, 2023
The Community College of Rhode Island is hosting its second annual Cybersecurity Night on Tuesday, April 18 at its Warwick campus featuring a keynote address from Rhode Island State Senator and Chair of the Senate Finance Committee Louis DiPalma.
Hosted by the college’s Computer Studies and Information Processing department, Cybersecurity Night is an opportunity for current and prospective students to learn about the college’s Cybersecurity associate degree and Cyber Defense Path from current faculty members in addition to meeting representatives from industry partners and four-year universities. Members of the college’s student-led Cybersecurity Club and Career Services department will also be in attendance.