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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...

RIC gets $1M to help boost mental health services in city...

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island College’s School of Social Work has been awarded a $1.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human...
BRYANT UNIVERSITY is requiring all students to be vaccinated for COVID-19 before the fall semester. / COURTESY BRYANT UNIVERSITY

Bryant University to require students to be vaccinated for COVID-19

SMITHFIELD – A month after Bryant University reopened its campus to 100% capacity, the university announced Wednesday that students who wish to return to...
RHODE ISLAND COLLEGE is the latest college to require students to be vaccinated for COVID-19. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND COLLEGE

R.I. College to require vaccines for students

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island College announced Wednesday that it will require all students to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 before the start of the...

RIMI scholarship supports RIC medical imaging students

PROVIDENCE – A new scholarship funded by Rhode Island Medical Imaging Inc. will help support medical imaging students at Rhode Island College. The $25,000 Rhode...
THE R.I. SENATE approved legislation Tuesday that would pave the way for the state's 20-year lottery agreement with International Game Technology PLC and Bally's Corp. / PBN PHOTO BY CASSIUS SHUMAN

GA approves 20-year IGT/Bally’s lottery agreement

PROVIDENCE – The Senate on Tuesday voted, 28-5, to approve the IGT/Bally's Corp. agreement for a 20-year deal to run state-sponsored gambling services. Passage of...
MATCHMAKER: As assistant director of SupplyRI at the R.I. Commerce Corp., Doris Blanchard connects Rhode Island suppliers with large institutions in the state that agree to purchase goods and services from those suppliers, allowing the suppliers to grow and scale up. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Blanchard connects small businesses with needed funds to help them grow

PBN 2021 Business Women Awards Industry Leader Government/Quasi-Government: Doris Blanchard, SupplyRI With diverse skills in banking, finance, economic development and networking, Doris Blanchard, assistant director of...
THE R.I. STATEHOUSE will reopen to the public and employees on a limited basis June 1. / PBN FILE PHOTO / NICOLE DOTZENROD

Statehouse to reopen June 1 with some COVID-19 precautions

PROVIDENCE – The Statehouse will reopen to the public and employees on June 1 but on a limited basis and with some safety measures,...

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