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Thanks to digital imaging, more work for construction projects can be done in house. In this case Arden Building pipefitter/welder Andy Guimond can weld and grind 30 of the 40 connections needed for this pipe at the company’s Pawtucket facility before taking the piece to the building site. / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

As more construction jobs open, finding workers continues to be difficult

Still wanted: Quality-control personnel, estimators, project managers, welders and many others for construction companies in Rhode Island.There are simply not enough people to go...
JOB TRAINING: We Make RI staff, from left: Diana Castellone, marketing specialist; Barbara Jackson, executive director; Katelyn Boudreau, vice president of employer relations; and Samantha Gobin, outreach coordinator, meet at the nonprofit’s Cranston offices.
 / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Manufacturing a new job

At least half of the men accepted into classes at We Make RI say they want to be machinists, or computer numerically controlled operators.The...
GOV. GINA M. RAIMONDO announced the the launch of a commercial construction initiative through the Real Jobs RI worker training program overseen by the R.I. Department of Labor and Training. Above, working being conducted on the The 6-10 connector, part of the RhodeWorks infrastructure program. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Real Jobs RI to create commercial construction training program

PROVIDENCE – The state is expanding the Real Jobs Rhode Island program to cater to commercial construction employers, Gov. Gina M. Raimondo announced Monday.The...
SPENDING PRIORITIES: Yet again, the General Assembly seems to reject Gov. Gina M. Raimondo’s programs designed to grow Rhode Island’s economy, in this case through improved worker-training ­programs.
 / PBN FILE PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Yet again, GA chooses spending over investment in R.I.’s future

It is clear what vision of Rhode Island the General Assembly has.Rather than slowing down the elimination of the state’s car tax, the fiscal...
STOREFRONTS: Journeyman glazer Michael Bennacchia of Chandler Architects works on the interior storefronts during renovation of the Empire Street wing of the Providence Public Library.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Training at heart of PPL’s new mission

The Providence Public Library, the grand dame of Rhode Island’s public libraries, is just a shell of its former self … literally.Last fall the...
MAKING HER MARK: Kristin Urbach, executive director of the North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce, at the NORAD facility on Davisville Road in North Kingstown. NORAD is one of dozens of North Kingstown Chamber member manufacturers.
 / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Urbach connecting NK businesses to opportunity

Business Women Awards 2019 | HONOREE | Kristin Urbach, North Kingstown Chamber of CommerceKristin Urbach has been executive director of the North Kingstown Chamber of...
STRONG LEADER: Melissa D. Travis is the new president of the Rhode Island Society of Certified Public Accountants and the first woman to hold the position since the organization’s formation in 1905.   
 / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Travis blazing a trail by joining forces

Business Women Awards 2019 | HONOREE Melissa D. Travis, Rhode Island Society of Certified Public AccountantsMelissa D. Travis is breathing new life into the 2,100-member...

Program seeks to develop the next generation of CPAs

CRANSTON – The Rhode Island Society of Certified Public Accountants is launching a workforce-training program to help polish college students majoring in accounting and...
STRONG LEADER: Melissa D. Travis is the new president of the Rhode Island Society of Certified Public Accountants and the first woman to hold the position since the organization’s formation in 1905.   
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MICHAEL SALERNO

Travis blazing a trail by joining forces

Melissa D. Travis is breathing new life into the 2,100-member Rhode Island Society of Certified Public ­Accountants.The Cumberland native is president of one of...
TEACHING TOOL: Megan Cortesi and Jeremy Demers, students in the process technician program at the Westerly Education Center, use a teaching tool that mimics industrial systems in the handling of liquids.
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BRIAN MCDONALD

Managing ‘process’ a wanted skill

Process technician: The name doesn’t necessarily trigger an awareness or emotion among Rhode Island job seekers, but maybe it should.Employers are looking for them,...
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