WARWICK – The Community College of Rhode Island Foundation has received a grant for a program that helps adult learners acquire the skills they need to pass GED tests and reduce or eliminate the need to take developmental classes at the community-college level.
The Lloyd G. Balfour Foundation, Bank of America N.A. awarded the $100,000 grant to support the College Now for Students Without a High School Credential program, which was designed to increase the number of nontraditional students who enter post-secondary education and complete a certificate or degree after earning their GED credential.
In addition to learning GED-readiness skills, participants in the College Now program will take a three-credit college class called College Success to learn strategies that will help them succeed in higher education. The course requires students to create a personal success plan, including educational and career goals and offers guidance in using CCRI’s Student Success Center and other support services.
The College Now class will meet for 12 hours each week for the 15 weeks of the fall and spring semesters at CCRI, and the GED test will be given during the college semester exam week.
CCRI President Ray Di Pasquale said in a statement institutions such as CCRI must recognize “the importance of helping these students transition to college for further learning and training.” •