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NEW HIRE: Jody Jencks was recently hired as director of PVD HeatlhWorks, a training program for residents interested in jobs in the health care and social-assistance field.
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City building pipeline to jobs in growing field

Under Mayor Jorge O. Elorza, Providence is the first community in Rhode Island to create a training program for residents interested in jobs in...
MICHELLE JOHNSON, a third grade ESL teacher at Providence's Mary E. Fogarty Elementary School, was named a 2018-2019 Milken Educator. / COURTESY MILKEN FAMILY FOUNDATION

Providence ESL teacher named 2018 Milken Educator

PROVIDENCE – In its 31st iteration of the Educator award, the Milken Family Foundation has awarded a $25,000 award to Michelle Johnson in recognition...
CAITLIN GRIFFIN, a previous participant in the Westerly Education Center's Bank Teller and Customer Service Training program, displays her certificate. Throughout October, the WEC is hosting two-hour informational sessions regarding the next iteration of the nine-week program. / COURTESY WESTERLY EDUCATION CENTER

Westerly Education Center promotes free bank teller and customer service training...

WESTERLY - A series of information sessions outlining the Westerly Education Center's Bank Teller and Customer Service Training job skills program for sales, customer...
ALTERNATIVE RESOURCES: Dragan Gill, left, reference librarian and assistant professor at Rhode Island College, and Lindsey Gumb, Roger Williams University librarian. Open educational resources have been implemented at college and university libraries across Rhode Island. 
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Open educational resources helping college students avoid hefty textbook costs

The price of tuition often trumps that of textbooks – both in size and priority – when it comes to budgeting for college.However, according...
2018 average tuition and fees for
New England colleges and universities
[prices do not include room and board] / Source: Collegetuitioncompare.com

Schools boost fundraising to slow rising student costs

Each year, college gets more expensive. Tuition and other costs have continued to escalate, reports show, prompting ever-higher levels of governmental and institutional financial...
The U.S. News & World Report 2019 Best Colleges survey results were released Monday. The findings show little movement for top school Brown University while Providence College and University of Rhode Island each fell in a year-over-year comparison. / COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND

Brown ranks No.14 nationally, PC ranks No. 2 regionally in U.S....

PROVIDENCE – As the 2018-2019 academic year heads into its second week for most colleges and universities, on Monday, U.S. News & World Report...
NO INCOME TAX: Republican gubernatorial candidate Giovanni Feroce said he would cut spending by eliminating “complete budgets,” such as the Department of Revenue and the Department of Motor Vehicles, to make up the difference for his proposal to get rid of the state income tax.
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Self-described visionary and GOP gubernatorial candidate Giovanni Feroce wants to disrupt...

Giovanni Feroce sees himself as a proven leader, a visionary, someone who can create an economic future for Rhode Island as a hub for...
Brown University topped local listings in the Forbes 2018 Top Colleges in America ranking released Tuesday. It holds the No. 8 position in the top colleges, private schools and research institutions lists. Additionally, according to the Tuesday results, it is the No. 6 school in the Northeast. / COURTESY BROWN UNIVERSITY

Forbes announces college rankings featuring nine local schools

PROVIDENCE - Nine colleges and universities in Southeastern New England were listed in the latest Forbes' 2018 America's Top Colleges ranking published Tuesday.Brown University,...

Education, economic policy linked for gubernatorial candidates

By many measures, Rhode Island has long had a troubled education system. While most major gubernatorial candidates have at least paid lip service to...
JASON MERIWETHER of Rhode Island College is a big believer in data as a necessary planning tool to design and deliver curriculum./COURTESY JASON MERIWETHER

Five Questions with: Jason L. Meriwether

Kentucky native Jason L. Meriwether, who became vice president of student success at Rhode Island College a year ago, likes data — capturing it,...
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