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FAMILY-OWNED: Pier Ice Plant in Narragansett was founded June 15, 1966, by owner Robert Shumate, above, and his father, Lawrence. Robert Shumate is a member of the Narragansett Indian Tribe. He says he was lucky to grow up in a family that owned its own business. / PBN PHOTO/
MICHAEL SALERNO

For R.I.’s indigenous people, good jobs and prosperity are often out...

For 51 years, Robert Shumate said he has been “keeping South ­County cool.”Owner of Pier Ice Plant in Narragansett and a Narragansett Indian Tribe...

Five Questions With Brenda Dann-Messier

Brenda Dann-Messier | Commissioner of postsecondary education, Rhode Island1. What are the most serious challenges, or weaknesses, in the Rhode Island higher education system?...
SETH WISEMAN, designer and development manager for the Rhode Island Mobile Maker Lab, will speak at this month's Providence Geeks event. Above, the 28-foot trailer that houses the lab. / COURTESY IYRS SCHOOL OF TECHNOLOGY & TRADES

IYRS Mobile Maker Lab to visit Providence Geeks

PROVIDENCE – For their October meetup, Providence Geeks will host the Rhode Island Mobile Maker Lab, a project of the IYRS School of Technology...
A UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND research initiative measuring the ecological health of Narragansett Bay will receive $19 million from the National Science Foundation's Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research. / COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND

$19M in NSF funding awarded to URI Narragansett Bay research initiative

PROVIDENCE - Consortium for Coastal Ecology Assessment, Innovation, and Modeling, or C-AIM, a University of Rhode Island research initiative measuring the ecological health of Narragansett...
STORYTELLER: Chris Forte works part time at the Home Depot on Charles Street in Providence, where his responsibilities include retrieving carriages from the parking lot and assisting customers with loading heavy purchases into their cars and trucks. He enjoys telling stories and interacting with customers. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Following guide of consent decree, Rhode Island improving opportunities for mentally...

In June 2013, federal investigators filed a complaint in U.S. District Court accusing Providence and Rhode Island of segregating individuals with intellectual and developmental...
LENDING SUPPORT: Donald H. DeHayes, University of Rhode Island provost and vice president of academic affairs, says URI is sensitive to the cost of education and spends $100,000 on financial aid each year. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Tuition, fees up at Rhode Island colleges, universities

In the fall, Rhode Island’s public-college students will find their education a little more expensive. The fiscal year 2018 state budget included across-the-board tuition...
TESTING: Abigail Scro, diagnostic technician at the Roger Williams University Aquatic Diagnostic Lab, prepares to run a test to look at quantitative Polymerase chain reactions that would indicate levels of Vibrio para­haemolyticus in oysters. / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

R.I. schools promote undergrad research

If a university undergraduate is considering an advanced degree or wants to engage in discovery, what better way for them to learn than by...
PROVIDENCE COLLEGE RANKED No. 1 for regional colleges in the nation in the 2018 U.S. News college rankings. / COURTESY PROVIDENCE COLLEGE/BOB ROWAN

Little movement in U.S. News rankings for R.I.-based schools

PROVIDENCE – Results from Tuesday’s U.S. News and World Report 2018 Best Colleges ranking show minimal improvement for Rhode Island-based schools.University of Rhode Island...
GOV. GINA M. RAIMONDO, right and Rhode Island College President Frank SáncheZ, left. /COURTESY RHODE ISLAND COLLEGE

RIC unveils Gaige Hall renovations

PROVIDENCE - Rhode Island College unveiled completed renovations to its Gaige Hall Tuesday morning to a crowd of college students and staff as well...
RHODE ISLAND COLLEGE will offer courses required for a bachelor of science degree in nursing for local registered nurses. / COURTESY THE WESTERLY EDUCATION CENTER

RIC offers classes for area RNs at Westerly Education Center

WESTERLY - Rhode Island College will ease the process of obtaining a bachelor’s degree in nursing for registered nurses by partnering with Westerly Education...
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