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SHOW OF HANDS: Rhode Island College social work student Julianna Alcantra, center, participates in the welcome event held by Atrévete Center of Excellence for Latinx/Hispanic Social Work Practice at the start of the fall semester. With her is, from the foreground, fellow students Vanessa Sanchez, Olivia Campos and Crissany Nazario. 
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Closing R.I.’s language gap in behavioral health care

When Joise Garzon embarked on her career several years ago after completing Rhode Island College’s Master of Social Work program, colleagues and acquaintances would...
ADMINISTRATORS at Rhode Island College are already looking for grants and other funding sources for its new Institute for Cybersecurity & Emerging Technologies after the $2 million allocation from the state's American Rescue Plan Act funds runs out in three years. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND COLLEGE

After initial launch, RIC’s new cybersecurity institute looks to be self-funded

State leaders have agreed to set aside more than $2 million to launch the Institute for Cybersecurity & Emerging Technologies at Rhode Island College,...

RIC cybersecurity and tech institute launches

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island College's Institute for Cybersecurity & Emerging Technologies officially launched on Monday with goals of boosting education, building a workforce pipeline...

Reed, Whitehouse deliver $1.5M to Thundermist for health care workforce development...

WEST WARWICK – In an effort to increase the number of health care workers in Rhode Island, U.S. Sens. Jack Reed, D-R.I., and Sheldon...
FUTURE SHOCK: Arnell Milhouse, second from right, founder and CEO of CareerDevs Inc., speaks during the PBN Cybersecurity & Tech Summit on Oct. 12. Milhouse sees massive changes coming because of artificial intelligence, but many of the changes will be positive, he says. With Milhouse on the panel are Jeffrey Wilhelm, left, founder and CEO of Infused Innovations Inc., and Timothy Henry, seated right, assistant professor and researcher at Rhode Island College. Christopher Parisi, standing, founder and president of marketing firm Trailblaze Inc., moderates. 
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Firms hesitating on AI are falling behind, PBN summit panel says

With artificial intelligence rapidly advancing, businesses in Rhode Island will have no choice but to invest in the technology tools to ensure they survive. The...
AN INSIDE LOOK: Margaret Morrissey-Basler, assistant professor of health sciences, second from left, instructs students in an anatomy class at Providence College. Traditionally, liberal arts colleges are putting more emphasis on professional majors, such as the nursing program at PC, as interest has grown. 
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Some liberal arts schools adapting to major shifts

With nurses in high demand, and the field remaining a popular career choice despite workforce shortages, Providence College officials had high hopes for the...
GIVING CREDIT: Rhode Island College, along with the University of Rhode Island and the Community College of Rhode Island, is being required to establish ways of awarding academic credit for students who participate in registered apprenticeship programs.
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New law: R.I. public colleges must plan for apprenticeships

A new state law requires public higher education institutions to establish ways of awarding academic credit to students who participate in registered apprenticeship programs. “These...
HOMEGROWN: Amelia Lopez, left, Southside Community Land Trust food access associate, and Appoline Alphonsine, a college intern, sort through vegetables harvested by the Providence nonprofit. SCLT recently received an $80,000 grant from the city that was not part of the $10 million racial reparation initiative. Some have complained that the city is moving too slow on deploying the $10 million equities program.
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What happened to Providence’s reparations initiative?

Jim Vincent threw himself into the work when he was appointed to the Providence Municipal Reparations Commission in early 2022 because he saw an...
THE PAYOFF: Jennifer Magaw can relate to the confusion many people with student loans are feeling about the on-again, off-again plans for loan forgiveness. For a long time, she felt anxiety about more than $100,000 in debt she had after finishing law school.  
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Confusion reigns over status of student loans

Jennifer Magaw graduated from law school in 2012, but she continued comparing notes with her peers for several years afterward. Her notes weren’t about classes....
FULL CIRCLE: Wheaton College President Michaele Whelan, far right, is the third woman to lead the college since its founding by a woman in 1839. Seated with her, clockwise from far left, are students Olivia Deschenes, Sarocha Wongwatanawisut, Courtney Kass and Eleanor Cerra. 
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College leaders positioned to meet post-pandemic challenges

Since 2019, eight of the region’s 13 four-year colleges have hired new long-term leaders. And another four-year school, Rhode Island College, still has an...
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