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SHANNON GILKEY, R.I. postsecondary commissioner, says he's optimistic that the state can still close workforce gaps despite the proposed 'higher ed academy' not making it into this year's fiscal budget. /PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Despite no higher ed academy, Gilkey optimistic in state closing workforce...

PROVIDENCE – Optimism remains with the R.I. Office of Postsecondary Commissioner on the state addressing workforce shortages and helping residents achieve an education despite...
A ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION was held Thursday at the Rhode Island College Workforce Development Hub in Central Falls to talk about Gov. Daniel J. McKee's proposed 'higher ed academy.' / PBN PHOTO/JAMES BESSETTE

McKee, college students discuss proposed ‘higher ed academy’

CENTRAL FALLS – Gov. Daniel J. McKee on Thursday met with current and former college students along with state education and employment officials at...
WORKFORCE AID: Shannon Gilkey, left, state commissioner on postsecondary education, and Tammy Warner, assistant commissioner for academic and student affairs, are pursuing the creation of a credential registry to assist employers and potential employees.  / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Gilkey looks to launch registry to help workforce

While the state navigates the labor shortage, the R.I. Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner is seeking to widen the talent pipeline as Rhode Island...
GOV. DANIEL J. MCKEE during his State of the State address Tuesday proposed creating a Rhode Island Higher Ed Academy to help Rhode Islanders pursue higher education and training that may not only increase the state’s overall workforce but also put the Ocean State on a path toward long-term economic recovery. AP FILE PHOTO/STEVEN SENNE

Gov. McKee proposes state higher-ed academy to help build R.I.’s workforce

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Daniel J. McKee unveiled plans Tuesday for a "higher ed academy" that would enroll more than 1,000 Rhode Islanders during a...
SHANNON GILKEY, R.I. postsecondary commissioner, released Friday a 12-page report that notes multiple recommendations created by the department’s advisory committee to help guide priorities of higher education in the state over the next five years. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. Office of Postsecondary Commissioner report seeks more staffing, funding for...

PROVIDENCE – A report released Friday by the R.I. Office of Postsecondary Commissioner calls for more staffing and funding for state public colleges among...
SOUNDING THE ALARM: Daniel Egan, president of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Rhode Island, says local schools need to be “aggressive in managing the decline in the number of high school graduates in the coming years.” / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Enrollment ‘headwinds’ coming for local colleges

Colleges and universities in Rhode Island will need to find creative ways to draw in promising students in the face of a steep enrollment...
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...

Five Questions With: Shannon Gilkey

Shannon Gilkey | Commissioner on postsecondary education 1. As the new higher-ed chief, what is your vision for at Rhode Island College and Community...

Rhode Island names new higher education commissioner

WARWICK (AP) – A top administrator for the Kentucky Community and Technical College System has been named Rhode Island's new commissioner of postsecondary education. Shannon...
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