RIC awarded $700,000 grant to support non-traditional, at-risk students

Rhode Island College was recently awarded a $700,000 College Access Challenge Grant (CACG) for an innovative program that will support both non-traditional and at-risk students.

Gov. Lincoln Chafee
The grant is part of the larger $1.5 million CACG that the federal government allocated to the state of Rhode Island. The funding will be available through Sept. 30, 2013.

At RIC, the grant has been designated for the new Learning for Life program – a community and college partnership between RIC, Goodwill Industries of Rhode Island and The College Crusade of Rhode Island – designed to eliminate obstacles that at-risk or non-traditional learners could potentially face.

Sponsored by the United States Department of Education, the CACG will significantly increase the number of underrepresented students who will enter and remain in post-secondary education by nurturing partnerships between federal, state and community organizations so that more Rhode Islanders will be able to remain in college and earn their degrees.

“I am very pleased that Rhode Island College has received a College Access Challenge Grant that will open the door of opportunity for deserving at-risk students to achieve their educational goals,” said RIC President Nancy Carriuolo upon receiving the grant. “These funds will enable us to work with our partners to provide students with a comprehensive range of support services, including academic, social and life skills.”

“The Learning for Life program will empower our students to complete their college degrees and put them on the path to a successful future – personally and professionally,” added Carriuolo.

Learning for Life will provide a broad range of personalized academic, financial and social support services such as: preparation of student-centered needs assessment and resource planning, participation in a network of formal and informal academic and non-academic supports and coordination of services through trained education advocates.

U.S. Senator Jack Reed
The renewal of R.I.’s CACG grant was announced by Gov. Lincoln Chafee and U.S. Senator Jack Reed during a recent news conference at the Community College of Rhode Island.

“To strengthen our workforce and improve the state’s economy, we must always be seeking ways to increase the number of Rhode Islanders who pursue post-secondary educational opportunities,” Chafee said.

“This federal funding will help state and community partners strengthen our workforce by increasing the number of Rhode Islanders graduating from college,” added Reed. “Improving access to higher education is a smart investment in Rhode Island’s future competitiveness.”