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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...
EXPANDED PROGRAMMING: As executive director of Rhode Island Higher Education & Industry Centers, Amy Grzybowski oversees the programming at the Westerly Education Center, where she has introduced new workforce training programs using the $1.7 million she has raised in the past four years. / PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

Grzybowski guides people through pandemic, aids in advancing careers

PBN 2021 Business Women Awards Government/Quasi-Government Woman to Watch: Amy Grzybowski, R.I. Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner The last year has been especially busy for Amy...

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...

CCRI hiring teachers skilled in maritime pipe-fitting, electrical and sheet metal...

WESTERLY – The Community College of Rhode Island is seeking part-time teachers for maritime pipe-fitting, electrical and sheet metal instruction at Westerly Education Center. The...
UNITED WAY OF RHODE ISLAND has launched a five-year, $100 million strategic plan to create transformative change in the state, including improving racial equality and creating a nonprofit association.

United Way of R.I. launches 5-year, $100M investment plan to create...

PROVIDENCE – Improving racial equality in Rhode Island, creating more affordable housing across the state, increasing reading proficiency in local children and out-of-school time...
HUDDLE UP: Amgen Inc. Operational Excellence Team Leader Juan DeJesus, center, collaborates with Quality Assurance staffers, from left, Sherry Flaherty, Lorraine Lopez and Uryl Grandoit to design the next iteration of the Quality Assurance Team’s Work Center Team visual management boards.
PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

Amgen works with others to develop a strong future

PBN MANUFACTURING AWARDS 2020 | Collaboration in Manufacturing: Amgen Inc. COLLABORATION IS ONE aspect of Amgen Inc.’s corporate strategy. The biotechnology company forges partnerships throughout...

CCRI, Westerly Education Center team up to offer teaching assistant course

WARWICK – The Community College of Rhode Island and the Westerly Education Center announced that the two institutions will offer a new teaching assistant...

Westerly Hospital hosts Lights of Love fundraiser, suicide-prevention training

WESTERLY – Westerly Hospital will host a tree lighting ceremony along with suicide-prevention training next week. The 35th annual Lights of Love campaign is now...

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