AT THE CONSTRUCTION site of the Wexford Innovation Center in Providence are, from left, Dan Bagnall, project supervisor, Shawmut Design and Construction; Beverly Smith, client service manager, Shawmut; Sean Lee Burgo, project director for construction, Wexford Science & Technology; and Chi Yik, project manager, Shawmut. A parcel of land in the Interstate 195 Redevelopment District will be converted to temporary parking for tenants of the Wexford center, scheduled to open by June. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Wexford tenants to start construction next month

About 13 months after starting, core and exterior construction of the Wexford Innovation Center in the historic Jewelry District of downtown Providence is nearing...
NEW BEGINNING: Donna Sowa Allard, certified financial planner and vice president of Sowa Financial Group in Lincoln, said people planning for retirement aren’t going about it the way earlier generations did, instead planning to continue to work in some capacity and therefore need their money to remain partially invested and exposed to growth.
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American workers staying in workforce despite higher stocks, fatter 401(k)s

After a run-up in stock values this year, retirement accounts for many Americans are looking more robust than they have in years. But it isn’t...
Calculating rising demand Continuing a national trend that started at the turn of the century, demand for accountants in Rhode Island has risen over recent years by a significant amount, with growth expected to continue in the coming decade. Driven by retiring baby boomers, as well as an organic industry demand and people changing career paths, the state has seen increased enrollment in accounting education programs and faculty growth at the undergraduate and graduate level.*The 2016-2026 report used a new methodology developed by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics that the DLT says more accurately measures the movement of workers who jump from industry to industry without leaving the workforce, thus creating a potentially much larger demand for workers in any one discipline. / Source: R.I. Department of Labor and Training

Can colleges help fill projected job openings?

Job-prediction reports published by the R.I. Department of Labor and Training consistently reflect an increasing call for accountants in the state. In October, the state...
CRAFTING CODE: Danny Kirschner, a General Assembly lead instructor, standing, lectures on computer coding, including HTML and CSS, at a recent Code in the Brewery event co-hosted by General Assembly and Revival Brewing at its Cranston tasting room. / COURTESY GENERAL ASSEMBLY/MEI LI ZHOU

Revival Brewing hosts coding lesson to raise brand awareness, bolster local...

Peanut butter and jelly. Spaghetti and meatballs. Craft beer and computer coding. In a mutual effort to increase brand awareness and grow respective company audiences,...
COMMITTED TO COLLABORATION: Mary Johnson, left, program manager for Polaris MEP and the Rhode Island Textile Innovation Network, speaks with Michael Woody, president of Trans-Tex and RITIN. In the background are Tanya Dumrongmanee, Polaris MEP program consultant, and Phil Ward, Polaris MEP project manager.
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RITIN setting textile manufacturers on right path

There could not have been a better place for the Rhode Island Textile Innovation Network to announce its official formation than historic textile-manufacturing hub...
INFECTION PREVENTION: Lee Ann Quinn, right, director of infection prevention and control for South County Hospital in South Kingstown, speaks with Kristen Whelan, infection prevention, employee health analyst and flu clinic coordinator.
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Number of R.I. health workers getting flu shot growing, room for...

Health care workers who engage with patients are strongly encouraged to get the flu vaccine. And if the virus becomes widespread in Rhode Island,...
NEW HIRE: Jody Jencks was recently hired as director of PVD HeatlhWorks, a training program for residents interested in jobs in the health care and social-assistance field.
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City building pipeline to jobs in growing field

Under Mayor Jorge O. Elorza, Providence is the first community in Rhode Island to create a training program for residents interested in jobs in...

Classroom experiment eyes wind-energy jobs

In some places, wind energy is still thought of as a grand experiment. In Rhode Island, it’s already seen as a promising industry of...
BROAD SPECTRUM: Matthew Shenoda, vice president of social equity and inclusion at the Rhode Island School of Design, said he hopes to focus on more strategic admissions practices to cultivate a student population reflective of a broad spectrum of gender identities, races and socio-economic backgrounds. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

RISD working to recruit more-diverse students, faculty

For Matthew Shenoda, being the first to tackle an issue on a college or university campus isn’t daunting. Settling in as the Rhode Island School...
HEAVY LIFT: Goodwin-Bradley Pattern Co. members Rod O’Neil, left, journeyman machinist, and Kendal Delgado, right, machinist and composite assembler, get ready to lift a slab of aluminum onto the 3 Axis Milltronics. Christopher Goodwin, rear, owner and vice president of sales, looks on at their Providence facility. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Younger professionals entering C-suite, top-level positions in manufacturing

Thirty-six-year-old Christopher R. Goodwin, fourth-generation owner of 106-year-old Goodwin-Bradley Pattern Co. in Providence, knew from a very young age he wanted to lead the...
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