WARWICK — The Community College of Rhode Island has received its first U.S. Department of Education Title III Strengthening Institutions grant. The competitive $1.7 million, five-year grant will support an initiative, Promoting Pathways to Progress, to increase the number of students who finish their degrees.

As part of the effort, seven path navigators — "experienced faculty members and practitioners who will work across all divisions to bridge the responsibilities of faculty and staff within each path" of study, the college said. In addition, a first-year seminar course will help students with goal formation, career exploration, transfer options, and program planning. Capstone courses will also be developed that will include a required credit-bearing, work-based learning experience.

The college offers seven academic and career paths: arts and humanities; business, economics, and data analytics; communication, media, and film; education, government, and human services; environment and sustainability; health and health administration; and science, technology, engineering, and math. The pathways encompass 31 direct-to-career associate degree programs with 43 concentration options and 45 certificate programs, as well as 52 transfer degrees that provide entry into baccalaureate programs. For more information, visit ccri.edu.

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