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PRIME OPPORTUNITY: Amy Kacerik, dean of enrollment management at the Community College of Rhode Island, says few Amazon.com Inc. employees have enrolled using the tuition program called Career Choice, but that may change when the Amazon warehouse opens in Johnston next year, which will employ 1,500 people. 
PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Tuition program puts new spin on incentive

Cecilia Guante didn’t plan on stopping her schooling after she finished her associate degree. But she ran out of money and had to shelve her...
BROWN UNIVERSITY has received to date $33 million in reimbursements from the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency for COVID-19 testing expenses. / 
AP FILE PHOTO/STEVEN SENNE

Local colleges receive millions from FEMA for COVID-19 testing expenses

PROVIDENCE – Local colleges and universities for the better part of the last two years conducted test after test, health screening after health screening...

UMasss receives $375K match from local banks for student offshore wind...

DARTMOUTH – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth was recently awarded $375,000 in grants from three local financial institutions to match a grant from the...
BRYANT UNIVERSITY was ranked No. 46 in the U.S. and No. 1 in Rhode Island for its 40-year return on higher education investment, according to the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. / COURTESY BRYANT UNIVERSITY

Report: Bryant University among best in U.S. in return on higher...

SMITHFIELD – Bryant University’s return on higher education investment scored high marks with the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. The center announced...
Sylvia Maxfield

An opportunity for business, higher ed to collaborate

(Editor’s note: This essay is part of PBN’s 35th anniversary publication, which can be viewed here.) “Workforce development” is arguably the most important social challenge...
TRAINING HUB: Jennifer Menard, left, interim vice president of economic and business development at Bristol Community College, and Laura Douglas, college president, stand outside the future home of the school’s National Offshore Wind Institute on the New Bedford waterfront. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Unchartered training: How does region build workforce for new wind sector?

Toiling hundreds of feet above the open ocean, sometimes amid stormy weather and battering waves, technicians in the offshore wind industry need not only...

Bristol Community College nursing program tops list for best value

FALL RIVER – Bristol Community College’s nursing program has been recognized for its value by an online national resource.  BCC’s program was ranked the best...

Bristol Community College to host COVID-19 vaccine clinic

FALL RIVER (AP) – Bristol Community College is hosting a COVID-19 vaccination clinic this week along with the chance to win $20,000 in scholarships...
Laura L. Douglas 
Bristol Community College president 
In 2017, Laura L. Douglas was named the fourth president of Bristol Community College. She previously served as provost of Des Moines Area Community College’s Urban Campus, in Des Moines, Iowa, and has served at community colleges in Japan, Michigan and North Carolina.  / Courtesy Bristol Community College

Connect with coffee hours

When the pandemic began, “leading with safety” became our motto. How could there be a higher priority for the people you care about and...
LIKE FATHER, LIKE DAUGHTER: Kaitlyn Szczupak had planned to take over her father’s business someday, but when Scott Szczupak died suddenly in 2016, Kaitlyn stepped in much sooner than expected. She was recently named Rhode Island Young Entrepreneur of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

She was forced to take over father’s business long before her...

Even as a kid, Kaitlyn Szczupak loved cars and learning about what made them go. She was 20 when she and her father, Scott,...
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