PORTSMOUTH, R.I. \u2014 The Community College of Rhode Island\u2019s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the national honor society for two-year colleges, inducted sixty-seven new students at its recent fall ceremony.\nThe inductees into CCRI\u2019s 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.\nEstablished in 1918, PTK\u2019s mission is to recognize academic achievement of college students and provide opportunities for them to grow as scholars and leaders.\n\u201cInduction to PTK is a great honor that recognizes academic excellence at our college,\u201d said CCRI President Meghan Hughes.\u00a0 \u201cIt takes a great deal of hard work and dedication to achieve this level of success, and I am extremely proud of their accomplishment.\u201d\nTo become eligible, students must enroll in an institution with PTK chapter and maintain a 3.5\u20133.75 GPA in addition to standard coursework requirements.\nCCRI 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.\u00a0 The college expects to have the highest three-year graduation rate of any community college in New England by 2021.\nAbout CCRI\nThe Community College of Rhode Island, New England\u2019s 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\u2019s full-service campuses in Warwick, Lincoln, Providence and Newport, online and in partnership with the Westerly Education Center. For more information, visit\u00a0www.ccri.edu.