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DEM awards $218K for community engagement on climate change

PROVIDENCE – Six community groups will share $218,931 in grants for projects that will provide public engagement around Rhode Island's 2025 Climate Action Strategy,...
READY MODE: Kolby Gomes went through pipefitter training through the partnership program operated by General Dynamics Electric Boat and the Community College of Rhode Island as he prepares to start a career with the submarine builder. 
PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Class of their own: More employers partnering with local colleges

Although he had some experience working in construction, Kolby Gomes says learning the ins and outs of pipefitting was like studying a foreign language. But...
GIVING CREDIT: Rhode Island College, along with the University of Rhode Island and the Community College of Rhode Island, is being required to establish ways of awarding academic credit for students who participate in registered apprenticeship programs.
COURTESY RHODE ISLAND COLLEGE

New law: R.I. public colleges must plan for apprenticeships

A new state law requires public higher education institutions to establish ways of awarding academic credit to students who participate in registered apprenticeship programs. “These...
HANDS-ON LEARNING: ­Chandler ­Architectural ­Products carpenter apprentice Luis ­Mercedes at the former Windmill Street Elementary School building in Providence, which is undergoing renovation.  
PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

APPRENTICING FOR SUCCESS: Aging workforce needs infusion

Earlier this year, first-year ­carpenter apprentice Luis ­Mercedes got to spend a few months helping install windows at the former Windmill Street ­Elementary School...
WORKING TOGETHER: Anita Bruno, right, executive director of Rhode Island Women In The Trades, and Jessica Baez, pre-apprentice, work on a construction site at a home in Cranston.
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

‘Still so many barriers’ for women in the trades

Given the difficult life circumstances Elizabeth “Ellie” Navarro has had to deal with, it’s a wonder she’s so upbeat. Growing up, the 19-year-old Pawtucket native...

Brown commits to all union labor, Building Futures for big projects

PROVIDENCE – Brown University announced an agreement Monday with both the Rhode Island Building and Construction Trades Council and Building Futures that commits the...
PLENTY OF PROJECTS: Jonathan Yaghjian, left, project manager, and Kurtis Quinn, a carpenter apprentice with Cranston-based Pariseault Builders Inc., work on the Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority House on the University of Rhode Island campus in South Kingstown. While many businesses were forced to close their doors 
for much of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Pariseault continued to work on a number of multimillion-dollar projects. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Builders: Have work, will train

Although the COVID-19 pandemic kept many Rhode Islanders close to home for much of 2020, Pariseault Builders Inc. didn’t slow down. With construction deemed an...

We Make RI manufacturing training fair to help unemployed reenter workforce

CRANSTON – Manufacturing training organization We Make RI will host an in-person training fair on Wednesday. Workforce development organizations that will be on hand include...
PIECING IT TOGETHER: Aetna Bridge Co. ironworker Lisa Silvio helps install bolts on a bridge under construction above the Route 6-10 connector in Providence.  / COURTESY LISA SILVIO

R.I. tradeswomen look to build their numbers

Darche Hood went to college to earn a degree in finance. But now the numbers she’s calculating are from a measuring tape stretched between wall...
TEAMWORK: Robert Tolson, left, Lisa Silvio and Kyle Brown, right, line up beams to be bolted as part of the ironworking segment of Building Futures’ five-week pre-apprenticeship in 2019. Participants construct a 70-foot-by-14-foot project that contains many of the tools, materials and techniques used in building steel structures.   / COURTESY BUILDING FUTURES

Building a future in construction

R.I. Department of Labor and Training Director Scott Jensen says the decision by Gov. Gina M. Raimondo to allow the construction industry to remain...
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