R.I.T.E. Program (Retention Initiative Through Education)

The R.I.T.E Program (Retention Initiative Through Education) is a student coaching program designed to support the educational and professional aspirations of minority students enrolled at Carteret Community College. The program is derived from the North Carolina Community College System’s (NCCCS) MMSI (Minority Male Success Initiative) which was established in the fall of 2003 using 6 pilot programs. The goals of the program are higher education persistence, graduation and or transfer to a 4-year institution. The purpose of MMSI provides inspirational counseling and motivation for a diverse group of students working to reach their academic goals.

Minority Students are often overlooked in our preoccupation to provide resources to academically challenged students. Below average students have the potential of dropping out due to a lack of supportive services, resources, and positive influences. Student are selected based on their need and desire to succeed while being monitored throughout an intensive strategic two- year program that prepares them to pursue a four-year degree and to assume leadership roles in their professions and in society.

Mission Statement

The Mission of the R.I.T.E. Program (Retention Initiative Through Education) is to help minority students attending Carteret Community College gain support through collegiate guidance, social opportunity, academic mentoring and professional development.


Achieving success through Education, Empowerment, Entrepreneurship, Experience, and Exposure.

Contact Us

For more information about the R.I.T.E program, please contact:

Lewis Stroud, Dean of Student Services
Phone: (252) 222-6021
Email: stroudl@carteret.edu

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