President invites participation in Expo 2010

A message from President Di Pasquale, Feb. 24, 2010

The Community College of Rhode Island will host its second “CCRI Education Expo: Showcasing the Tools to Change Your Life,” on Saturday, April 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Knight Campus in Warwick.

I want to share with you one of the many reasons we hold events such as this and ask for your involvement. This is an excerpt from an e-mail that we received in December, six months after Expo had its initial impact on this student:

“I had contemplated going to college for the first time a few years back. I made all kinds of excuses why I shouldn't. My age, no time, the kids, etc. I heard somewhere, I believe on the radio and read in the newspaper that CCRI would be having an expo … I pulled up enough courage to go that Saturday morning by myself at the Warwick campus. I walked around, chatted with a few people, grabbed some literature but still didn't quite feel educated enough to make that decision to go back to school after 30+ years …

“Why am I telling you this you ask! Well, first, if it wasn't for the Expo, I don't think I would have just gone to the college and signed up. Secondly, your staff set up at the Expo to assist people like me were just wonderful … I so appreciate the whole college experience and I plan on continuing. I hope you continue on with the exposure for adults and continuing education with the Expo's, it was so very helpful and encouraging. I want to encourage other adults contemplating that big step of going back to school.”

It was through your visibility at the Expo that helped this woman find the strength and determination to become a CCRI student. It is only one example of the dozens of people we helped that day and this is why your participation is critical not just to the success of the Expo, but to the success of other potential students.

At this year’s event, I hope to see as many of you as possible assisting attendees, answering questions about admissions, financial aid, scholarships, payment options, transferring previous college credit, student services and programs of study. Several workshops will be presented on admission, financial aid and transfer opportunities. We also plan to have current students and recent graduates on hand to share their experiences with Expo attendees.

The Expo will be promoted in local newspapers and on the radio urging the public to attend the event free of charge.

We are requesting your help which could range from being a greeter to staffing a department table to opening your Saturday lab class to visitors. Faculty and staff who are interested in taking an active role in the Expo are invited to contact Deb Aiken at daiken@ccri.edu or Ellen Schulte at ebschulte@ccri.edu.

Thank you, in advance, for your cooperation and participation in making this year’s Expo even better than last year’s event.