Community College faculty and alumni gathered at the Statehouse Wednesday, as Governor Lincoln Chafee officially declared November 12th "CCRI Day."
CCRI is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. President Ray DiPasquale emphasized the college's efforts to educate Rhode Islanders.
"It's 40,000 students during the course of a year, 64,000 alums, and they all live in Rhode Island, and 1,200 employees," DiPasquale said. "So when you think about all that, it’s truly an economic engine for the state."
The Project on Student Debt is out with its annual report, and the news is not good for students at Rhode Island's colleges and universities.
According to the report, students graduating from local institutions in 2013 had the fourth highest debt burdens in the country, averaging $31,561. Rhode Island's rank worsened from fifth highest for the class of 2012, when the average for student loans stood at $31,156.
The national average for student debt was $28,400.
Governor Lincoln Chafee is slated to declare Wednesday "CCRI Day" in Rhode Island. The declaration comes on the occasion of the community college system's 50th Birthday, which is being celebrated this year.
CCRI President Ray DiPasquale is expected speak during the announcement at the Statehouse. Rhode Island Higher Education Commissioner Jim Purcell and State Education Board Chair Eva-Marie Manuso will also be in attendance.
DiPasquale recently announced he would stay at CCRI, but he was a finalist in the search for a new state education commissioner in Louisiana.
The Providence Children’s Museum has opened its newly revamped water exhibit. "Water Ways" entertained more than two million visitors prior to the overhaul, according to Museum Director Janice O'Donnell.
“Our water environment is such an enduring favorite – so important for kids’ discovery, and so successful at meeting our play and learning goals – that we knew it could only be replaced with an even better Water Ways,” O'Donnell said, in an official announcement about the re-opening.
Providence CityArts is one of just 12 organizations around the country to win the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards. The group has been invited to the White House to receive the award from First Lady Michelle Obama on Monday.
City Arts provides afterschool art classes for students between the ages of 8 and 14. Some examples of their recent course offerings include pottery studios, dance classes, drumming workshops and street art classes involving the use of computer graphics.
Rhode Island is home to one of the nation’s largest Liberian populations, and many Liberian immigrants are students in the state's public schools and universities.
As the Ebola epidemic rages on in her home country, Rhode Island Public Radio education reporter Elisabeth Harrison sat down with Rhode Island College student Charline Early to find out how it has changed life for her and her family.
A parent in Cumberland filed has filed a lawsuit against the Cumberland School District and the State Board of Education, challenging the practice of charging tuition for summer school.
In a complaint filed last week, parent Susan Giannini alleges the fees are unfair to students with learning disabilities and low income families. Her attorneys argue they fly in the face of longstanding state policy that prohibits public schools from charging fees for other programs, like afterschool sports and AP classes.