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HELP NEEDED: Dr. Michael Wagner, left, CEO and president of Care New England Health System, discusses the health services industry in Rhode Island, including workforce development, with other panelists at Providence Business News’ Fall 2023 Health Care Summit on Oct. 25. Others on the panel include, from left, Brown University’s Dr. Scott Rivkees, Dr. Raj Hazarika from Point32Health Inc. and John Fernandez, CEO and president of Lifespan Corp. Moderating is PBN Editor Michael Mello, standing. 
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For hospital executives, solving labor shortages a top task

When asked whether the lingering workforce shortages are affecting access to care, Rhode Island’s health care leaders had a clear answer. “Yes, period, end of...
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. 
PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

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...
THE 2023 HOUSING Fact Book from HousingWorks RI at Roger Williams University notes that while steps have been taken to address the housing crisis in the state, housing affordability is still a problem. / COURTESY HOUSINGWORKS RI AT ROGER WILLIAMS UNIVERSITY

HousingWorks Fact Book: Housing affordability in R.I. still out of reach

PROVIDENCE – While steps have been taken to address the state’s housing crisis and Rhode Island’s labor market is recovering in a strong way,...
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...
HANDS-ON LEARNING: ­Chandler ­Architectural ­Products carpenter apprentice Luis ­Mercedes at the former Windmill Street Elementary School building in Providence, which is undergoing renovation.  
PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

APPRENTICING FOR SUCCESS: Aging workforce needs infusion

Earlier this year, first-year ­carpenter apprentice Luis ­Mercedes got to spend a few months helping install windows at the former Windmill Street ­Elementary School...
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. 
PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

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...

DESIGNxRI’s Design Catalyst Program expands throughout state

PROVIDENCE – DESIGNxRI's Design Catalyst Program has funded the efforts of Providence-based entrepreneurs since its launch in 2016. Now in its eighth year, the...
GETTING CONNECTED: Job Club Rhode Island Director Stephen Colella says the organization has worked with more than 1,800 clients and helped place them with more than 100 employers. 
PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Stephen Colella, Job Club Rhode Island director

PBN Leaders & Achievers 2023 Stephen Colella Job Club Rhode Island Director IF YOU HAVE NOT been on a job interview lately, Stephen Colella wants you to...

CVS files WARN, plans to lay off 198 Rhode Islanders

WOONSOCKET – CVS Health Corp. on Friday announced plans to lay off 198 Rhode Islanders working at the company’s headquarters here and in Cumberland. CVS...
CHANGE MAKER? ­Patrick Crowley, secretary-treasurer for the Rhode Island AFL-CIO, says the wage theft law will alter the way management at many companies treats its employees when it comes to paying wages. 
PBN PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO

AG: New wage theft law is pro-business, too

For more than four years Attorney General Peter F. Neronha sought to adjust an oversight in state law that he argues could have been...
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