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Workforce development full STEAMM ahead
By Connie Grosch / May 27, 2015
Beth Cunha, co-founder and executive director of CDL, believes that education and workforce development go together, that they must work as partners. The paths being developed by educators and business leaders today include tracks that do not necessarily lead to college. “Let’s face it,” says Cunha, “some kids are not ready to go to college and that’s okay. Let’s look at the pathways and training structures that support them.”

$50,000 challenge grant supports streamlining state government
By Chris Barnett / May 18, 2015
The matching grants are in coordination with Governor Raimondo’s new "Lean Government Initiative," which will foster innovation across state government and promote a culture of continuous improvement.

Serving Providence youth from
By / May 7, 2015
The Providence Children & Youth Cabinet is a place-based coalition of approximately 60 youth-serving organizations in the City of Providence. Partner organizations have committed to working together to advance a series of common goals that span from “cradle to career.”

Financial incentives like money in the bank
By Inés Merchán / May 1, 2015
Grant to Capital Good Fund will help keep the working poor warm and dry and out of the food pantry.

Our robust grantmaking continues in 2015
By Jenny Pereira / April 30, 2015
After a record-setting 2014, in which we awarded more money in grants than any year in our 99-year-history, we’re continuing our rigorous grantmaking in 2015. In the first quarter, our grants, both Foundation-directed and donor-directed, totaled more than $8 million.

Still time to apply for our scholarships
By Chris Barnett / April 27, 2015
To help students defray educational expenses such as tuition, fees and books, generous individual and organizational donors established scholarship funds with us.

RI students can apply for $500,000 in scholarships
By Chris Barnett / March 10, 2015
At the time of year when colleges are sending out financial aid packages, the Rhode Island Foundation is offering Rhode Island students and their families more than $500,000 in scholarships.

R&D to the marketplace at Tinker|Bristol
By Jessica David / February 24, 2015
Located in Bristol’s historic manufacturing district, Tinker|Bristol will serve manufacturers, entrepreneurs, businesses, hobbyists and makers of all stripes, offering affordable access to shared space, rapid prototyping equipment, tools, 3-D printers and technologies.

Aligning education and industry for workforce development that works
By Jessica David / February 18, 2015
Texas State Technical College’s public funding is based on the five-year earnings of its graduates. College for America at Southern New Hampshire University offers an online competency-based college education for $2,500/year.

Investing in innovation
By Jessica David / February 3, 2015
Rhode Island's composites industry has critical mass coupled with strong education and training capabilities, mold-building capacity, and a long tradition of innovation.

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