Governor McKee to visit CCRI for student celebration
Warwick, RI,(WLNE)- The Community College of Rhode Island is celebrating its first-generation students Monday, November 8 at its Warwick campus on Natural First-Generation Students Day. There will be a special ceremony featuring a proclamation from Gov. Daniel McKee and from students past and present.
Monday’s event is scheduled 2:00 P.M.-3:15 P.M.. It will be held in the Great Hall at the Knight Campus. President Megan Hughes will also deliver a speech followed by former and current first-generation students sharing their stories on the difficulties of being the first in their families to attain a diploma, and how staff helped them find their way. Almost half of CCRI’s enrolled students identify as first-generation.
November 8 was chosen as National First-Generation Students Day to celebrate the anniversary of the Higher Education Act of 1965, intended to help level a field that had been weighed against Americans from minority and low-income backgrounds. In addition to making federal grants and loan programs to help students with financing, the legislation made investments in higher education institutions.
CCRI supports their first-generation students with a plethora of programs, including TRIO programs such as Access to Opportunity, Rhode Island Educational Talent Search, and Rhode Island Educational Opportunity Center, all of which provide for more than 4,000 low-income and first-generation Rhode Islanders. the college just received a pair of five-year TRIO grants totaling to $7.4 Million to help with program funding.