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James Bessette joined the Providence Business News as the Researcher in February 2018. Prior to joining PBN, he worked as a reporter for The Independent and as a copy editor for The Newport Daily News. He also worked as a sports reporter for Southern Rhode Island Newspapers and as news editor for The East Greenwich Pendulum. He holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Rhode Island College.
PROVIDENCE COLLEGE'S number of positive COVID-19 cases since Sept. 14 has risen to 219. / COURTESY PROVIDENCE COLLEGE

Providence College extends online learning to Oct. 3 amid case cluster

PROVIDENCE – There will be at least another week of online learning at Providence College. The college announced Friday that it will be extending the...
THE SOUTHEASTERN NEW ENGLAND Defense Industry Alliance has secured an $18.6 million defense contract from the U.S. Department of Defense to help develop a regional workforce development partnership to serve needs of submarine shipbuilding employers.

SENEDIA receives $18.6M defense contract to help build submarine shipbuilding pipeline

MIDDLETOWN – The Southeastern New England Defense Industry Alliance announced Wednesday that it has secured an $18.6 million defense contract from the U.S. Department...
THE COMMUNITY COLLEGE of Rhode Island announced late Tuesday that it is laying off 45 full-time employees. / COURTESY COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF RHODE ISLAND

CCRI to lay off 45 full-time employees

WARWICK – The Community College of Rhode Island announced late Tuesday that it is laying off 45 full-time, nonfaculty employees as a cost-cutting measure,...
THE COMMUNITY COLLEGE of Rhode Island announced Monday that it has received $4.6 million in TRIO Student Support Services grants from the U.S. Department of Education. / COURTESY COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF RHODE ISLAND

CCRI awarded $4.6M in federal TRIO support services grants

WARWICK – The Community College of Rhode Island has been awarded $4.6 million in TRIO Student Support Services grants from the U.S. Department of...
PROVIDENCE COLLEGE has temporarily moved all instruction to online and requires all students to stay either on campus or at home at all times due to a spate of positive COVID-19 results among students. / COURTESY PROVIDENCE COLLEGE

PC temporarily moves to full online learning; 120 students test positive...

PROVIDENCE – Providence College has shifted to remote learning until at least next weekend after roughly 120 students, most of them residing off campus,...

Brown University creates COVID-19 data hub to track cases on campus

PROVIDENCE – Brown University has launched its own COVID-19 data dashboard to highlight the frequent testing and case counts that are occurring on the...
TRINITY REPERTORY COMPANY will not host live in-person performances until fall of 2021. / COURTESY TRINITY REPERTORY COMPANY

Trinity Rep will not host live in-person shows until fall 2021

PROVIDENCE – There will be no live in-person indoor shows at Trinity Repertory Company until the fall of 2021, the theater group announced Thursday. Trinity...
PROVIDENCE BUSINESS NEWS honored 33 companies Wednesday for their revenue growth and innovation in the 2020 Fastest Growing & Innovative Companies Awards program.

Manufacturers, nonprofits, tech companies among honored in PBN’s 2020 Fastest Growing...

PROVIDENCE – Thirty-three companies were honored Wednesday by Providence Business News for their revenue growth and company innovation in the publication’s 2020 Fastest Growing...
PROVIDENCE COLLEGE announced late Tuesday that it will require all off-campus students to take classes online until further notice unless they can provide a negative test to the college. / COURTESY PROVIDENCE COLLEGE

PC requiring off-campus students to take online classes unless they show...

PROVIDENCE – Providence College announced late Tuesday that students who live off campus are required to take classes online instead of in person until...

Five Questions With: Georges Tsafack

Georges Tsafack is the director of the new doctor of business administration program at the University of Rhode Island’s College of Business. Launched this...

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