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Emily Gowdey-Backus
Emily Gowdey-Backus joined Providence Business News as a staff writer in April 2016. She is a native of Connecticut and holds a Master’s Degree in international journalism from Cardiff University. Emily covers the education, workforce development, hospitality and tourism, and nonprofit beats for the newspaper.Photo Credit: Love & Perry Photography
INNOVATIVE STARTUP: Johnson & Wales University graduates Brandon Monti, left, and Patrick Straus co-founded FreshConn, a farmers market delivery service in Providence, to innovate the way produce is sold, increase sales to artisan producers and decrease food insecurity.

It’s farm fresh and delivered

Farmers markets offer locally grown and produced fresh produce and foods. But for those with disabilities, or a lack of transportation or free time,...
COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF RHODE ISLAND and CVS Health Corp., together with the R.I. Dept. of Labor and Training and Skills for Rhode Island’s Future, jointly announced a new pharmaceutical technician training program. The program, which launched late last month is designed to strengthen the pipeline from local schools to the industry.

CCRI announces CVS partnership to strengthen pharma pipeline

PROVIDENCE - Students interested in the pharmaceutical industry have a new way to approach the industry's workforce pipeline.A multi-way partnership between the Community of...
ENROLLMENT AT THE University of Massachusetts Dartmouth saw increases across multiple demographics with the start of the fall 2018 term. / COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS DARTMOUTH

UMass Dartmouth fall enrollment climbs

DARTMOUTH - For the first time in four consecutive years, overall enrollment metrics at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth saw gains at the start...
ON FRIDAY, the Community College of Rhode Island confirmed 62.4 percent of the initial R.I. Promise cohort returned for a second year of tuition- and fee-free coursework. / COURTESY COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF RHODE ISLAND

R.I. Promise retention rate on par with previous years before program

WARWICK – By the school's count, the retention rate of Rhode Island Promise students reported by the Community College of Rhode Island earlier this...
ROGER WILLIAMS UNIVERSITY architecture student Linda K. Penaloza transferred from Miami Dad College to study architecture in the Bristol-based school's School of Architecture, Arts and Historic Preservation. On Friday, RWU announced a partnership with MDC to see junior architecture students transfers and complete their studies in Rhode Island, like Penaloza. / COURTESY ROGER WILLIAMS UNIVERSITY

RWU partners with MDC to propel architecture students

BRISTOL - In the second announcement of a Rhode Island-based higher education joint degree program in as many days, Roger Williams University and Miami...

URI sophomore Alyssa Botelho earns first Brownell Scholarship from RIIFF

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – In its inaugural presentation, the Rhode Island International Film Festival’s Winifred E. Brownell Scholarship was given to University of Rhode Island...

Five Questions With: Gerald Williams

Having held the position for 20 years, Gerald Williams is the third and longest-serving director of the Special Programs for Talent Development program at...

Women’s Resource Center unveils new section of Pathway to Hope

NEWPORT – A celebration was held in late August as the Women’s Resource Center unveiled a new section of its Pathway to Hope.Begun in...

Providence College dedicates new science complex

PROVIDENCE – On Sept. 28, Providence College dedicated the newest addition to its campus – a science complex.At 37,000 square feet, the new center...

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State rebrands, creates new...

PROVIDENCE – Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State revealed its new look and identity Oct. 1.Henceforth known as Big Brothers Big Sisters...
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