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Reed secures $263K for Genesis Center for health care workforce training...

PROVIDENCE – The Genesis Center recently received a $263,000 federal earmark from U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., to boost training for certified nursing, medical...
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. 

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...
OFFERING GUIDANCE: Community College of Rhode Island professor Alyson Snowe, second from left, talks with her technical writing students, from left, Iskandar Miley, Kenneth Hanner and Bryan Pichardo.

CCRI offers pathways in the classroom and beyond

PBN Diversity Equity & Inclusion 2023 Awards Education – Postsecondary: Community College of Rhode Island BRINGING DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION into the classroom and beyond...
In 2009, Rhode Island Developmental Disabilities Council Inc. created The RI Cross Disability Coalition to focus on individuals with various disabilities and offer them ways to have career opportunities. Pictured, from left, are Kevin Nerney, the council’s executive director; Deanne Gagne, member of the RI Cross Disability Coalition; Sue Babin, the council’s special projects director; and coalition member Tanja Blicker-Ucran.

R.I. Developmental Disabilities Council creates new ways of thinking to aid...

PBN Diversity Equity & Inclusion 2023 Awards Nonprofit/Social Services: Rhode Island Developmental Disabilities Council Inc. ORGANIZATIONS STRIVING TO DO BETTER to be more diverse, equitable...
ALL WIRED UP: Joe Torres, left, a bridge assembly worker at Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence Inc., and James Patnode, a machinist, work on the manufacturing floor at Hexagon’s North Kingstown facility.

People, parts, process put together make well-oiled machine at Hexagon

PBN 2023 Manufacturing Awards EXCELLENCE AT A LARGE MANUFACTURER: Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence Inc. AT HEXAGON MANUFACTURING INTELLIGENCE INC., success comes down to a focus on three...
MAKING THE CUT: Students at the Community College of Rhode Island’s Westerly Education Center work on splicing cables. 

CCRI is building the future workforce and statewide economy

PBN 2023 Manufacturing Awards WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT & PRODUCTIVITY: Community College of Rhode Island FOR THE COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF RHODE ISLAND, workforce development is a key part...
PLAYTIME: Jordan Towle, a visitor services manager at the Providence Children’s Museum, plays with Jorge Rodrigues, 1, of Providence. The museum, according to Executive Director Caroline Payson, relies on ticket sales and membership fees to bolster operating costs. 

Finding workforce is labor intensive for local nonprofits

The COVID-19 pandemic’s cascading aftereffects have been complicated and hard to shake for Rhode Island’s nonprofits, which employ 67,000 Rhode Islanders. That number represents...
TRAINING DAY: From left, Deric Vazquez, a client, and Michaela Fraser, employment enhancement facilitator at AccessPoint RI, go through training at the Woonsocket Education Center. 

AccessPoint RI building a workforce through an access point

PBN Innovative Companies 2023 Nonprofit/Social Services: AccessPoint RI For more than a half century Access­Point RI has taken an innovative approach to helping individuals prepare for...
WORKING TOGETHER: Anita Bruno, right, executive director of Rhode Island Women In The Trades, and Jessica Baez, pre-apprentice, work on a construction site at a home in Cranston.

‘Still so many barriers’ for women in the trades

Given the difficult life circumstances Elizabeth “Ellie” Navarro has had to deal with, it’s a wonder she’s so upbeat. Growing up, the 19-year-old Pawtucket native...
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