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EARNING A SHOT: Talia Thibodeau, a standout basketball player in high school, worried how she would pay for college after she graduated but is working toward an associate degree tuition-free from the Community College of Rhode Island thanks to the Rhode Island Promise Scholarship program. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Will R.I. Promise last after Raimondo leaves?

Talia Thibodeau faced an uncertain future as she prepared to graduate from Cranston High School West last June. Thibodeau, a standout basketball player, wanted to...
PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Five Questions With: Lori Caron Silveira

5Q: Lori Caron Silveira | Executive director, R.I. Turnpike and Bridge Authority 1. What in your professional background has most prepared you for leading...
KEEPING PROMISES? State lawmakers this year must decide whether to continue the tuition-free program at the Community College of Rhode Island. R.I. Promise expires at the end of the year. / COURTESY CCRI

R.I. Promise laying groundwork for a better-educated workforce

State lawmakers were wise to put a sunset provision in legislation creating the Rhode Island Promise program, which allows qualifying students the chance to...
UPDATING THE PATH A new collaboration between the Westerly Education Center, the R.I. Department of Labor and Training, the R.I. Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner and businesses across the state, with support from the Real Jobs Rhode Island initiative, is training the next generation of process technicians and chemical operators, positions needed in the brewing, medical research and consumer products industries, among others. The program requires a high school diploma or GED to begin, takes eight weeks of both classroom learning and hands-on training, 
and is free. Here, Clarke Richmond makes circuits to control fluids at the WEC. / PBN PHOTO/BRIAN MCDONALD


Paths to manufacturing jobs grow

Perhaps it was an extraordinary run as a major manufacturer in a number of industries, one that kept the state looking backward instead of...
WORKFORCE TRAINING: Julian L. Alssid, Community College of Rhode Island’s vice president of workforce partnerships, observes an adult education math class. CCRI introduced workforce training in math several years ago, and is now doing the same for language with its “Spanish for Survivors” pilot course.
 / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Giving employers the skills to speak with their workers

The diversification of Rhode Island’s workforce has resulted in a frequent challenge for many employers. Workers may know enough English to perform their jobs,...

CCRI professor named president-elect of national laboratory science committee

PROVIDENCE – A Community College of Rhode Island professor and chair of the school’s Allied Health Department has been named president-elect of the American...
BRYAN BROPHY-BAERMANN started this week as the Community College of Rhode Island's new dean of arts, humanities and social sciences. / COURTESY COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF RHODE ISLAND

CCRI has new dean of arts, humanities, social sciences after 4...

WARWICK – An educator from Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester, Mass., has taken over as dean for arts, humanities and social sciences at the...

URI needs own board of trustees

There is no question, the University of Rhode Island is not like the Community College of Rhode Island, nor even Rhode Island College. Yet...

RI Promise deserves passage

Sometimes the corny thing can be the right thing. Such is the case with General Treasurer Seth Magaziner’s plan to deposit $529 into the 529...

Bryant sees pluses of military service

The transition from a military to civilian workplace can be rocky, and sometimes the legitimate experience of veterans is lost in translation in interviews...

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