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A BRIGHT START: Michael Stuba is training for a job as a pipe fitter for General Dynamics Electric Boat at a Westerly Education Center program put on by the Community College of Rhode Island.
 / PBN PHOTO/BRIAN MCDONALD

R.I. manufacturers learn to manage a ‘good’ problem – training more...

In the last few years, manufacturing in Rhode Island is on a growth spurt of sales, productivity and plant modernization, and that’s led to...
KAREN MELLEN is the director/principal of the East Providence Career and Technical Center. / COURTESY EAST PROVIDENCE CAREER AND TECHNICAL CENTER

Five Questions With: Karen Mellen

Karen Mellen began her health care career in radiology. She quickly developed a passion for teaching science and pursued a bachelor’s degree in health...
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO / BUILDING SKILLS: The Dean Hotel in Providence recently enrolled some of its employees in a Core Skills Partnership program funded by a Real Pathways Rhode Island grant from the Governor’s Workforce Board. From left, Aarin Clemons, general manager; Hector Melendez, lead houseman; and Janet Norena, room attendant.

Bespoke workforce-development sessions satisfy employers, for now

For Aarin Clemons, managing downtown Providence’s The Dean Hotel – what he called “a hotel for Providence by Providence” – means employing people of...

Pointing way to better workforce

PBN’s inaugural Workforce Development Summit delivered a strong message: private industry, educators and government must communicate in a much more consistent and robust way...

GWB releases solicitation for statewide career readiness intermediary

PROVIDENCE – The Governor’s Workforce Board is seeking a statewide career-readiness intermediary to support the expansion of K-12 career-readiness activities.According to a Jan. 8...
PICKING PROVIDENCE: Dr. Rajiv Kumar, president and chief medical officer of Virgin Pulse Institute, in the company's former space in Providence. Virgin Pulse announced the relocation of its global headquarters to Providence from Framingham, Mass., on Monday. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Citing city talent, culture and with $6.2M in potential incentives, Virgin...

PROVIDENCE – Citing Providence’s access to top universities and its rich cultural heritage, Virgin Pulse announced the relocation of its global headquarters from Framingham,...
FAMILY-OWNED: Pier Ice Plant in Narragansett was founded June 15, 1966, by owner Robert Shumate, above, and his father, Lawrence. Robert Shumate is a member of the Narragansett Indian Tribe. He says he was lucky to grow up in a family that owned its own business. / PBN PHOTO/
MICHAEL SALERNO

For R.I.’s indigenous people, good jobs and prosperity are often out...

For 51 years, Robert Shumate said he has been “keeping South ­County cool.”Owner of Pier Ice Plant in Narragansett and a Narragansett Indian Tribe...
SKIFF WORK: Kirk Cusic, green shirt, executive director of the Herreshoff Marine Museum in Bristol, works with students on a traditional Westport skiff, as part of the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association’s Youth Summer Boatbuilding Program.  / COURTESY RIMTA/BILLY BLACK

RIMTA using youth boatbuilding program to combat ‘graying’ workforce

A major concern for Rhode Island Marine Trades Association CEO Wendy Mackie is the large number of Ocean State marine-trades and composite-manufacturing workers retiring...
THE PROP: Heather Hudson loves to rock climb in Maine’s Acadia National Park.

Heather Hudson, 33 Executive director — Governor’s Workforce Board

Did you select your profession or did it select you? Both. I have always been interested in public service and so right after college, I...
R.I. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR and Training announced an expansion of its Summer Youth Employment Program, which received $1.8 million from the Governor's Workforce Board toward that effort.

Summer Youth Employment Program awarded $1.8M

CRANSTON – The Governor’s Workforce Board awarded $1.8 million to the Summer Youth Employment Program, the R.I. Department of Labor and Training announced Thursday....
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