The Community College of Rhode Island’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the national honor society for two-year colleges, inducted sixty-seven new students at its recent fall ceremony.

The inductees into CCRI’s Pi Omicron chapter include area students Shirley Dela Dingco of Middletown; Charlotte Baskin and Holly Coelho of Newport; Kenna Poyer of Portsmouth; Zachary Kapstein of Little Compton; and Taylor Moss of Tiverton.

Established in 1918, PTK’s mission is to recognize academic achievement of college students and provide opportunities for them to grow as scholars and leaders.

“Induction to PTK is a great honor that recognizes academic excellence at our college,” said CCRI President Meghan Hughes.  “It takes a great deal of hard work and dedication to achieve this level of success, and I am extremely proud of their accomplishment.”

To become eligible, students must enroll in an institution with PTK chapter and maintain a 3.5–3.75 GPA in addition to standard coursework requirements.

CCRI is at the forefront of improving the ways community college students are prepared to advance their education and career prospects. This May, the college achieved its highest two- and three-year graduation rates in more than 20 years and awarded more credentials than ever before.  The college expects to have the highest three-year graduation rate of any community college in New England by 2021.

About CCRI

The Community College of Rhode Island, New England’s largest community college, enrolls nearly 20,000 students in credit-bearing programs and an additional 8,500 individuals in workforce development programs and adult education courses annually. CCRI also provides transportation education and certification to 14,000 Rhode Islanders each year. Classes and programs are offered at CCRI’s full-service campuses in Warwick, Lincoln, Providence and Newport, online and in partnership with the Westerly Education Center. For more information, visit

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