CCRI receives $3.4 million grant to advance career education
A message from President Di Pasquale, Sept. 28, 2011
In spite of all the economic challenges our state and country still face as we enter the heart of our fall semester, I am happy to be able to share some uplifting news with you today. After waiting patiently for nearly two years, U.S. Sen. Jack Reed called me personally yesterday afternoon to give me the good news that the Community College of Rhode Island had been awarded $3.4 million in federal grant money intended to improve career-development programs and train an ailing work force. We are one of 49 community colleges to be awarded money out of more than 200 applicants.
Our Pathways to Advance Career Education program (PACE) in our Center for Workforce and Community Education will serve 600 individuals who qualify for the program during the 36-month grant period. The PACE program will focus on the health care and information technology industries.
But that is not the only grant CCRI has been awarded in recent months. Last week we received word from Sen. Reed that CCRI will receive $758,950 this year to provide counseling and information to qualified adults who want to pursue higher education through the Rhode Island Educational Opportunity Center (EOC). This is certainly good news for the approximately 1,500 Rhode Islanders who are able to pursue higher education each year thanks to the hard work and dedication of the EOC staff.
For EOC’s sister program, Educational Talent Search, CCRI also was awarded more than $475,000 in federal funding to provide academic, career and financial counseling to local middle and high school students while encouraging them to graduate high school and enroll in post-secondary education programs.
Additionally, this semester marked the official start of the new Energy Utility Technology certificate program, made possible by a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy in 2010. The $745,841 award allowed CCRI to develop and offer this new certificate program to answer a workforce need for qualified entry-level employees in the greening of the electrical power sector.
It’s encouraging and exciting to see that CCRI is being recognized for the value we offer Rhode Islanders.