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the prop Matthew A. Fannon poses with a plant from his office and a recycling bin, representing the different recycling streams that have been established on the Johnson & Wales University campus.

Matthew A. Fannon

40 Under Forty Awards 2024 Matthew A. Fannon | 39 Director of Sustainability and Resource Management, Johnson & Wales University What is the best advice you...
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Aimee Fennessey holds a kettle bell, symbolizing her love for exercise, headphones and a magnifying glass, symbolizing the internal audit profession.

Aimee Fennessey

40 Under Forty Awards 2024 Aimee Fennessey | 39 Vice President of Internal Audit, The Washington Trust Co. What is the biggest challenge currently facing your...
TAKING ROOT: ­Gloria Chacón, a licensed arborist and owner of Green View Tree Service LLC, with her crew at a worksite in North ­Providence.
PBN PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO

She went out on a limb, and her tree service has...

Gloria Chacón didn’t plan to become a tree doctor, dealing with all things related to shrubs and woody plant life. “My parents wanted me to...
LINDSAY WALSA, center, of CVS Health Corp., speaks with a Bryant University student during the university's Career Fair back in September. Bryant officials feel the university does more than enough to prepare students for life after graduation and does not need to implement a "job guarantee" program similar to what Curry College in Milton, Mass., is launching. / COURTESY BRYANT UNIVERSITY/PAM MURRAY

Curry College will offer graduates a job guarantee. Should local colleges...

PROVIDENCE – Less than a year after becoming Curry College’s new president, Jay Gonzalez needed to find a way to make his Milton, Mass.-based...
BRANCHING OUT: Jennifer Johnson, vice president of the Division of Workforce Partnerships at the Community College of Rhode Island, says there are more than 370 applicants for the college’s new cannabis training program in the days after it was announced. There are only 15 seats available. 
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PAUL SPETRINI

Pipeline grows wider for trained cannabis workers

The legalization of cannabis for recreational use in Rhode Island is giving new meaning to the term “green jobs.” There are no more than...
FROM THE GUT: University of Rhode Island student Sean Coyne, a researcher in the Rhode Island IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence program, describes his team’s research on gut bacterial enzymes. 
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New pilot program provides workforce training for biomedical students

Like most primarily undergraduate institutions, Rhode Island College can fly under the radar when it comes to academic biomedical research in the Ocean State. More...

Pot shops need trained workforce

For any industry to grow, it needs a workforce pipeline. So it is with the state’s budding cannabis industry. Last year it employed more than...
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Tips for the future

The Rhode Island Hospitality Association Education Foundation is an essential resource for educators, industry professionals and those seeking opportunities. In May, the foundation hosted a...
OPEN-­ENDED: Kristen Regine, right, a real estate agent and professor of marketing at Johnson & Wales University, holds an open house for a client in Richmond. Regine says changes to the broker commission system will have ripple effects on the real estate industry, but just what effects remains to be seen. 
PBN PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO

Settled lawsuits may have impact on house sales

It’s long been the case that when a homeowner in Rhode Island is ready to sell and hires a Realtor, it’s taken for granted...
THINKING AHEAD: Ezenwayi Amaechi Ejiribe, entrepreneurial professor at Johnson & Wales University, encourages students to learn beyond the traditional classroom. 
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JWU’s Amaechi is changing the world with class

2024 Business Women Awards WOMAN TO WATCH | EDUCATION: Ezenwayi Amaechi Ejiribe Johnson & Wales University professor and entrepreneur STUDENTS SITTING IN Ezenwayi Amaechi Ejiribe’s classroom...
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