Melissa Cabral reads a poem during commencement exercises.
WOONSOCKET â€” This past July, 12 dedicated students enrolled in the RIRAL Transition to College Adult Education program to prepare for their return to college. After five months of academic preparation, they graduated at Woonsocket Harris Library this week in front of dignitaries from CCRI, the state Department of Education and Mayor Leo Fontaine.
The graduates are: Christie Ayala, Alex Ballina, Melissa Cabral, Monica Dias, Janisse Dossantos, Yvette Garza, Diana Gomez, Andrew Ming, Priscila Nassif, Carolina Osorio, Deanna Pickering and Wendy Wilmarth.
Returning to college and continuing their education can be a daunting decision for older adults. Students at RIRAL are often non-native learners and read at a lower than college level. Many are also single heads of household with jobs and commitments outside of school.
For over 12 years, Transition to College, a division of Rhode Island Regional Adult Learning, has offered non-traditional adult students a chance to overcome their odds against being successful in college. Working closely with CCRI, this pre-college educational experience develops academic and personal skills, and encourages participantsâ€™ confidence in their ability to succeed in college and achieve career goals.
â€śAt a time when a college career is becoming a requirement of any valued member of the workforce, Transition to College is an important tool to help adult students achieve lifetime success,â€ť said Marie Crecca-Romero, program director. â€śEach semester, we welcome new participants and help them to become stronger and more confidant college students.â€ť
The TTC curriculum, modeled after the National College Transition Network College Prep Model at World Education in Boston, is a comprehensive program that includes student success workshops; career exploration, technology in the classroom, and mentoring workshops; academic instruction in reading, writing, and math; and educational advising and counseling. While attending TTC, students enroll for free in ENGL 0850 at CCRI. Upon completion of the program, volunteer mentors provide perspective and personalized attention to graduates as they transitions into the academic world.
TTC meets at the Woonsocket Learning Center, 191 Social St. (Cornerstone/Citizens Bank building.)