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GIVING CREDIT: Rhode Island College, along with the University of Rhode Island and the Community College of Rhode Island, is being required to establish ways of awarding academic credit for students who participate in registered apprenticeship programs.
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New law: R.I. public colleges must plan for apprenticeships

A new state law requires public higher education institutions to establish ways of awarding academic credit to students who participate in registered apprenticeship programs. “These...
A BETTER FUTURE: In 1978, Jonathan Houston founded Justice Assistance, a nonprofit that helps former convicted individuals find employment and education after being released from prison. 
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Jonathan Houston, Justice Assistance founder and CEO

PBN Leaders & Achievers 2023 Jonathan Houston Justice Assistance Founder and CEO THE LATE FORMER U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno once recognized Jonathan Houston as “the foremost...
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Five Questions With: Jennie Johnson

Jennie Johnson | Vice president, Community College of Rhode Island Division of Workforce Partnerships 1What are your priorities as the new vice president of CCRI’s Division...

ACLU of Rhode Island challenges state’s interpretation of ‘Mario’s Law’

PROVIDENCE – The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island Inc. on Friday filed a petition in R.I. Superior Court challenging the state's position...
STATE LEADERS ARE in a good financial position with a $610 million surplus projected for fiscal 2023, but some say a lot of that money is because several state agencies have been understaffed and overworked. / PBN FILE PHOTO/CASSIUS SHUMAN

Some R.I. officials say job vacancies a big part of projected...

The projected $610 million budget surplus awaiting the General Assembly and the administration of Gov. Daniel J. McKee has been the subject of speculation...
PATRICIA COYNE-FAGUE will step down as director of R.I. Department on Jan. 13. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

R.I. Department of Corrections director to step down in January

PROVIDENCE – Patricia Coyne-Fague will step down as director of the R.I. Department of Corrections on Jan. 13, Gov. Daniel J. McKee announced Tuesday. Coyne-Fague...

URI men’s basketball coach, president are top state earners again

PROVIDENCE – The University of Rhode Island men’s basketball coach and school president are again the top two earners among state employees, according to...
BUILDING THE FUTURE: College Unbound Director of Admissions Jose Rodriguez, left; co-founder, Provost and President Adam Bush; and Sylvia Spears, vice president for administration and innovation, talk during a work session at the Providence nonprofit. 
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College Unbound offers a pathway that changes lives

PBN 2022 Diversity Equity & Inclusion Awards Higher Education: College Unbound College Unbound is working to reinvent the college experience for underserved adult learners, many...

RIPTA’s not the only public agency feeling effects of labor shortage

Like many companies in the private sector, some state agencies and municipalities are struggling to fill positions amid a severe labor shortage. The R.I. Public...

R.I. Department of Health receives $750K grant for veteran suicide prevention

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Department of Health received a $750,000 federal grant to implement a three-year program for veteran suicide prevention. The department will work...
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