A holiday message to the college community

by President Ray Di Pasquale, Dec. 15, 2009

CCRI President Ray M. Di Pasquale

As we approach the end of the fall semester and the end of 2009, we can begin to pause, take a breath and enjoy the holiday season after many significant and rewarding accomplishments that we achieved together this year. Our enrollment continues to grow, our students and graduates are thriving and we are persevering in a difficult economy.

In 2009, we sent 1,546 graduates out into the workforce. Our enrollment was the second-highest of any semester, and the collegeís full-time equivalency, or FTE, was the highest in the collegeís 45-year history. We have improved our technology with new computers and equipment, as well as a new internal portal and emergency notification system. Thanks to the CCRI Foundationís Imagine capital campaign, we have a new library at the Knight Campus in Warwick and a state-of-the art Dental Assisting Lab in Lincoln for our students. CCRI faculty continue to shine in the classroom and in the community. Our athletic teams have been successful, particularly our womenís soccer team, which represented the college in the National Junior College Athletic Association National Championship in November.

This has been a challenging year, but I am confident that your dedication and enthusiasm will strengthen us in the year ahead as we continue to work together to serve our students. I look forward to working with you in our efforts to provide an academically challenging higher education to the Rhode Island community.

I hope this holiday season brings you the opportunity to rest, celebrate with family and friends and reflect on what is important.

I extend my warmest wishes to each of you for a happy and healthy 2010.