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SKILLS BUILDER: Suzannah MacDonald, left, a fine gardener at Wild & Scenic in South Kingstown, jumped at the chance to participate in the Rhode Island Nursery and Landscape Association’s apprenticeship program to hone her skills. MacDonald is working with Wild & Scenic owner Meg Gallagher. / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

PBN on WJAR-TV, May 14, 2018

Every week, PBN Editor Mark S. Murphy appears on WJAR-TV NBC 10’s Coffee Break to discuss the newspaper’s most recent cover story and other...
SKILLS BUILDER: Suzannah MacDonald, left, a fine gardener at Wild & Scenic in South Kingstown, jumped at the chance to participate in the Rhode Island Nursery and Landscape Association’s apprenticeship program to hone her skills. MacDonald is working with Wild & Scenic owner Meg Gallagher. / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

Still recovering from recession, R.I.’s ‘green-collar’ sector sees hope in an...

When offered a spot in the Rhode Island Nursery and Landscape Association’s apprenticeship program, Suzannah MacDonald was so excited she blurted out “yes, done”...
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...

Leave UI fund alone, fund Real Jobs RI

Good intentions do not transform bad choices into good ones. Exhibit A now on display is the Raimondo administration’s proposal to take money from...
IN THE CLASSROOM: Steven H. Kitchin, left, New England Institute of Technology vice president for corporate education and training, speaks with Kaleb Buffum, a student in the Shipbuilding Advanced Manufacturing Institute program, while instructor Wayne Farmer looks on at the facility on Post Road in Warwick. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Healthy R.I. manufacturing industry driven by military defense, textiles

Since his start as Polaris MEP center director four years ago, Christian Cowan has watched the state’s manufacturing industry blossom. So much so, he...

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...
LAGGING THE HIGH ACHIEVERS: Rhode Island is not among the top 10 states for the portion of millennials, age 25-34 who have a college degree, according to the Brookings Institution, although at No. 14, the state ranked better than the Providence metro area, which placed at No. 49 among the top 100 metros in the nation.

What is the most important takeaway from the Brookings report that...

The Raimondo administration has made a point of trying to upgrade the educational attainment of the state’s college-age students, the better to take part...
THE PANEL at the inaugural PBN Workforce Development Summit. From left to right, Mark S. Murphy, Lisa Abbott, Damian Ewens, Miellette McFarlane, Tim Hebert, Matthew Reeber and Douglas Sherman. / PBN PHOTO/ PAMELA BHATIA

Inaugural PBN Workforce Development Summit plots talent production

WARWICK – Discussion at the first-ever Providence Business News Workforce Development Summit held Feb. 14 saw roughly 200 attendees listen to and share ideas...
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,...
PROVIDENCE MAYOR JORGE O. ELORZA and state officials have announced a Real Jobs Rhode Island partnership designed to train city residents in the health care and social service sectors. The program is supported by a $300,000 grant from the state Department of Labor and Training. / PBN FILE PHOTO/STEPHANIE ALVAREZ EWENS

Providence launches PVD Healthworks to boost health care, social assistance workforce

PROVIDENCE – Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza and the city’s Economic Opportunity Director Brian Hull met with state officials and health industry representatives Friday...

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