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Five Questions With: Shannon Gilkey

Shannon Gilkey is the Rhode Island postsecondary education commissioner. He spoke with Providence Business News about the relocation to Providence of the Rhode Island...

Gilkey’s new 3-year contract extension includes annual pay raises

PROVIDENCE – Shannon Gilkey was awarded a three-year contract extension to remain as the state’s postsecondary education commissioner that runs through Jan. 31, 2027,...

R.I. postsecondary council approves Warner as RIC’s full-time president

PROVIDENCE – Jack R. Warner will stay on as Rhode Island College’s president. In a meeting Wednesday morning, the R.I. Council on Postsecondary Education unanimously...

More Rhode Islanders are earning 4-year college degrees 

You might call it a bachelor party: Rhode Island saw an almost 4% increase in bachelor’s degrees in 2022, according to new national data from a...
READY MODE: Kolby Gomes went through pipefitter training through the partnership program operated by General Dynamics Electric Boat and the Community College of Rhode Island as he prepares to start a career with the submarine builder. 
PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Class of their own: More employers partnering with local colleges

Although he had some experience working in construction, Kolby Gomes says learning the ins and outs of pipefitting was like studying a foreign language. But...

RIDE gets $3.2M for data collection to better prepare students for...

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Department of Education on Wednesday was awarded a $3.2 million federal grant to enhance data collection related to college and...

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...
SELF ­IMPROVEMENT: Lori-Anne Wunschel is a staff member at the nonprofit Community Care Alliance in Woonsocket, helping adults with mental illness and substance use disorders, but a state pilot program is allowing her to pursue an advanced degree at no cost to her. 
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Pilot program gives lift to hopeful health workers

Lori-Anne Wunschel has logged more than 15 years working in social services and addiction counseling, helping countless clients, many with major traumas and minimal...

Westerly center is designed to build on a military background

Though decades ago, T.J. Smith still remembers the camaraderie and sense of purpose he felt during his time as a member of the Rhode...
MEGHAN L. HUGHES will step down as president of the Community College of Rhode Island on Aug. 31. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Hughes stepping down as CCRI president on Aug. 31

WARWICK – After more than seven years at the helm, the president of the state’s community college will step away. Meghan L. Hughes, who has...
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