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THE FIRST STUDENTS WHO benefited from the Rhode Island Promise tuition-free scholarship program will be graduating from the Community College of Rhode Island on Thursday. / COURTESY COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF RHODE ISLAND

CCRI’s first class of R.I. Promise recipients set to graduate Thursday

PROVIDENCE – The Community College of Rhode Island is set to graduate its largest class in more than 20 years – about 2,300 students...
NEW FACE: Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio, center, speaks with Sen. Dennis L. Algiere, R-Charlestown, and Sen.-elect Jessica de la Cruz, a Republican who will represent North Smithfield, Burrillville and Glocester, during an orientation for new members in the Senate chambers at the Statehouse.
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Lawmakers have returned to tackle a host of familiar issues

The General Assembly reopened Jan. 1 with a new configuration of legislators facing many of the same issues that have been circulating in the...
SETTING THE AGENDA: Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio, right, is looking to help set the state’s spending priorities in the upcoming legislative session. Here he welcomes Sen.-elect Sam Bell, D-Providence, and Senate Chief of Staff Stephen Iannazzi during a Senate orientation for new members.
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MICHAEL SALERNO

Balancing budget, smart investments should be job one

According to PBN’s cover story this week, House Speaker Nicholas A. ­Mattiello’s top budget priority is continuing the phaseout of the auto excise tax....

Newport’s history still intact

On the list of Rhode Island assets, surely the Newport Mansions belong near the top.For the third consecutive year, in 2018 the Preservation Society...
THE SECOND COHORT of the Rhode Island Promise program saw more interest than the first cohort, according to data released by the Community College of Rhode Island. / COURTESY COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF RHODE ISLAND

CCRI reports 47% gain in R.I. Promise enrollments, boost in diversity

WARWICK – Forty-seven percent more first-time, full-time students enrolled in the second Rhode Island Promise cohort than the first, according to Community College of...
ON FRIDAY, the Community College of Rhode Island confirmed 62.4 percent of the initial R.I. Promise cohort returned for a second year of tuition- and fee-free coursework. / COURTESY COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF RHODE ISLAND

R.I. Promise retention rate on par with previous years before program

WARWICK – By the school's count, the retention rate of Rhode Island Promise students reported by the Community College of Rhode Island earlier this...

40% of R.I. Promise students did not return for year two

WARWICK – Forty percent of the first cohort of Rhode Island Promise students enrolled at the Community College of Rhode Island did not return...
COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF RHODE ISLAND confirmed Friday that 40 percent of the initial Rhode Island Promise students did not return for their second year of studies. / COURTESY COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF RHODE ISLAND

40% of R.I. Promise students did not return for year two

WARWICK – Forty percent of the first cohort of Rhode Island Promise students enrolled at the Community College of Rhode Island did not return...

Promise kept at CCRI

The number of full-time students who arrived at the Community College of Rhode Island straight from high school who are on track to graduate...
AN UPDATE ON THE SUCCESS of the Community College of Rhode Island students enrolled through the Rhode Island Promise program was released by CCRI Tuesday. / COURTESY CCRI

Numbers related to RI Promise cohort’s successes ‘encouraging’

WARWICK – The Rhode Island Promise scholarship program inception during the 2017-18 academic year has been accompanied by a 240 percent year-over-year increase in first-time,...
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