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DECISION PAYING DIVIDENDS: Manny Tampella, manager of La Masseria restaurant in East Greenwich, says the Main Street eatery is experiencing its “best year ever,” helped in part by the traditionally dine-in restaurant’s decision to start offering takeout meals. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I.’s resilient downtowns: Main Streets across the state scarred but ready...

In downtown Pawtucket, a bookstore reinvented itself by beefing up its online presence and ramping up services for fledgling authors looking to self-publish their...
JOYFUL ENDEAVOR: Providence College President the Rev. Kenneth R. Sicard remembers being impressed with the Dominican friars when he was a PC student. It drew him to their community.  / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

PC president looks to market Friars’ brand on national level

(Editor’s note: This is the first installment in an occasional series of interviews with the state’s new wave of higher education leaders.) The Rev. Kenneth...
WORK SITE: Amy Grzybowski, future director of a planned higher education center in northern Rhode ­Island, visits the building in downtown Woonsocket that will be converted into the center by late 2021 or early 2022. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Downtown Woonsocket getting a higher ed boost

The workforce in southern Rhode Island got a helping hand in getting crucial training when the state opened the Westerly Education Center four years...
THE COMEBACK: Jennifer Vinalon returned to the classroom at the University of Rhode Island’s Providence campus 10 years after she stopped pursuing a bachelor’s degree. She graduated in the spring and was a commencement speaker. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Some colleges focus on persuading older students to finish what they...

Graduating college is a milestone for many, perhaps more so in a pandemic. For Jennifer Vinalon, the diploma holds even more significance. Vinalon, 37, earned...
BRENDA SEAGRAVE-WHITTLE, left, Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island’s chief marketing officer, and Tracy McCaughey, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island's managing director of compliance and ethics and corporate compliance officer, have been named Career Achiever and Outstanding Mentor, respectively, in Providence Business News' 2021 Business Women Awards program. / COURTESY HUGHES FIORETTI PHOTOGRAPHY / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Seagrave-Whittle, McCaughey among top honorees recognized in PBN’s 2021 Business Women...

PROVIDENCE – In looking back on her 30-plus years working in health care, Brenda Seagrave-Whittle is in awe of those who worked with her...
EXPANDED PROGRAMMING: As executive director of Rhode Island Higher Education & Industry Centers, Amy Grzybowski oversees the programming at the Westerly Education Center, where she has introduced new workforce training programs using the $1.7 million she has raised in the past four years. / PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

Grzybowski guides people through pandemic, aids in advancing careers

PBN 2021 Business Women Awards Government/Quasi-Government Woman to Watch: Amy Grzybowski, R.I. Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner The last year has been especially busy for Amy...
PROVIDENCE BUSINESS NEWS announced its honorees for the 2021 Business Women Awards program.

Seagrave-Whittle heads PBN 2021 Business Women honorees

PROVIDENCE – Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island Chief Marketing Officer Brenda Seagrave-Whittle has been selected by Providence Business News as this year's Career...
A REPORT BY global firm Alvarez & Marsal Public Sector Services LLC suggests that Rhode Island College develop new strategies to recruit new students within Rhode Island, increase student retention and maximize federal grants focusing on increasing access for students. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND COLLEGE

Alvarez & Marsal report: R.I. College should develop student recruitment strategies,...

PROVIDENCE – Developing new strategies to recruit new students within Rhode Island, increasing student retention and maximizing federal grants focusing on increasing access for...

Five Questions With: Charles P. Kelley

Charles P. Kelley joined the Warwick-based Rhode Island Student Loan Authority, or RISLA, in 1991 as deputy director. He was appointed executive director in...
THE WESTERLY EDUCATION CENTER received a $750,000 STEM grant to support the acquisition of new equipment and to support staff positions. / COURTESY THE WESTERLY EDUCATION CENTER

WEC receives $750K STEM grant from U.S. Navy for equipment, staff...

WESTERLY – The Westerly Education Center received a $750,000 grant from the U.S. Navy's Office of Naval Research to fund the addition of capacity...

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