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GOV. DANIEL J. MCKEE, center, on Friday signed into law legislation that eliminates the sunset provision of the Rhode Island Promise program at the Community College of Rhode Island. / COURTESY OFFICE OF GOV. DANIEL J. MCKEE

McKee signs law to make R.I. Promise program permanent

WARWICK – With a few strokes of a pen, Gov. Daniel J. McKee has now made the state’s Rhode Island Promise program at the...

Five Questions With: Shannon Gilkey

Shannon Gilkey | Commissioner on postsecondary education 1. As the new higher-ed chief, what is your vision for at Rhode Island College and Community...
EARNING A SHOT: Talia Thibodeau, a standout basketball player in high school, worried how she would pay for college after she graduated but is working toward an associate degree tuition-free from the Community College of Rhode Island thanks to the Rhode Island Promise Scholarship program. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Will R.I. Promise last after Raimondo leaves?

Talia Thibodeau faced an uncertain future as she prepared to graduate from Cranston High School West last June. Thibodeau, a standout basketball player, wanted to...
GOV. GINA M. RAIMONDO signs the fiscal 2021 state budget on Monday. / COURTESY R.I. GOVERNOR'S OFFICE

Gov. Raimondo signs fiscal 2021 budget

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Gina M. Raimondo signed the $12.7 billion fiscal 2021 state budget Monday, and issued a short statement that reflected its continued...
COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF RHODE ISLAND unveiled Tuesday a new condensed fall term for students who, for various reasons - including COVID-19-related - enrolled in college late. / COURTESY COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF RHODE ISLAND

CCRI unveils new condensed academic term for students who enroll late

WARWICK – As a means to help students who delayed their decisions to enroll in college this fall for a variety of reasons, including...
COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF RHODE ISLAND can handle increased enrollment if it happens in the fall but it's too early to predict what enrollment will look like as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to CCRI Vice President of Student Affairs Sara Enright. / COURTESY COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF RHODE ISLAND

CCRI says it can handle increased enrollment but it’s still too...

WARWICK – Community College of Rhode Island can handle an influx of students if the college sees that come September, however it is still...
STANDING HER GROUND: Karen Santilli, director of Crossroads Rhode Island, is hopeful that an affordable-housing program included in Gov. Gina M. Raimondo’s initial budget proposal will survive despite the state’s new revenue woes. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Unkindest cuts: Many casualties expected as R.I. begins ‘brutal’ budget process

The future looked encouraging for Karen Santilli just a few months ago. In mid-January, Gov. Gina M. Raimondo released a $10.2 billion fiscal 2021 budget...
KEEPING PROMISES? State lawmakers this year must decide whether to continue the tuition-free program at the Community College of Rhode Island. R.I. Promise expires at the end of the year. / COURTESY CCRI

R.I. Promise laying groundwork for a better-educated workforce

State lawmakers were wise to put a sunset provision in legislation creating the Rhode Island Promise program, which allows qualifying students the chance to...
TUITION-FREE: Community College of Rhode Island student Davila Jackley, left, meets with classmate William Rider. Jackley is taking advantage of the Rhode Island Promise program.
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Raimondo pushes to make tuition-free program a permanent Promise

When Davila Jackley graduates from the Community College of Rhode Island this spring, she’ll do so without having paid any tuition. Jackley, 19, is among...
COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF Rhode Island announced Monday that it received the '2-Year College of the Year' award from online education news outlet Education Dive: Higher Ed.

CCRI named nation’s top 2-year college by Education Dive

WARWICK – The Community College of Rhode Island was named the 2-Year College of the Year by the digital education news outlet Education Dive:...

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