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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...

State awards $5.9M in housing, community development grants

PROVIDENCE – Fourteen local cities and towns received 31 housing and community development grants totaling $5.9 million from the state, Gov. Daniel J. McKee...

CCRI names Fino new executive director of workforce partnerships

WARWICK – Cody Fino, who has served as the Community College of Rhode Island’s director of industry partnerships, has been promoted to executive director...
TEAMWORK: From left, Amgen Rhode Island manufacturing associate Alexandra Marzilli, senior associates Matt Miller, Jie Wen Yang and Kate Boucher, and Front Line Manager Marissa Burke work together in a section of the company’s new West Greenwich plant that employs single-use technology to manufacture drug substances.
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Amgen strives to find, groom new talent through various avenues

PBN Manufacturing Awards 2022 EXCELLENCE IN WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT & PRODUCTIVITY: Amgen Rhode Island AS ONE OF THE LARGEST manufacturing companies in the state, Amgen Inc. has a...
GOV. DANIEL J. MCKEE, center, helps with local state education and business officials cut the ribbon on the new Woonsocket Education Center. / COURTESY R.I. OFFICE OF GOV. DANIEL J. MCKEE

New Woonsocket Education Center officially opens

WOONSOCKET – State-elected and education officials on Tuesday formally cut the ribbon on the new Woonsocket Education Center that has officially opened at 115...

Amy Gryzbowski

2022 40 Under Forty Awards Amy Grzybowski, 39 Assistant commissioner of workforce, R.I. Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner How has COVID-19 changed your industry? Many of our...
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...
COMMON GOAL: From left, Tekla E. Moquin, associate vice president of the division of workforce partnerships at the Community College of Rhode Island; Amy Grzybowski, assistant commissioner at the R.I. Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner; and Jenifer Giroux, assistant vice president for professional studies and continuing education at Rhode Island College, have been working together to provide an education system that allows all Rhode Islanders a chance at earning a degree or advanced credential in fields that are in demand. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Leaders lay groundwork to ‘supercharge’ training

It was a first at Rhode Island College. At the start of the spring semester, the college started offering a fully online degree – a...
JOYFUL ENDEAVOR: Providence College President the Rev. Kenneth R. Sicard remembers being impressed with the Dominican friars when he was a PC student. It drew him to their community.  / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

PC president looks to market Friars’ brand on national level

(Editor’s note: This is the first installment in an occasional series of interviews with the state’s new wave of higher education leaders.) The Rev. Kenneth...
WORK SITE: Amy Grzybowski, future director of a planned higher education center in northern Rhode ­Island, visits the building in downtown Woonsocket that will be converted into the center by late 2021 or early 2022. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Downtown Woonsocket getting a higher ed boost

The workforce in southern Rhode Island got a helping hand in getting crucial training when the state opened the Westerly Education Center four years...
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