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The College of Education and Professional Studies is focused on creating a variety of partnerships that encourage community outreach and workforce development, enrich our academic programs, and provide you with opportunities for authentic hands-on learning.

To meet these goals, the College will include a newly re-invented Office of Strategic Initiatives, to continue and expand our many partnerships with educational and industry-related organizations. These partnerships allow us to give you a wide range of innovative professional development opportunities, both inside and outside of the classroom. One of the most noteworthy partnerships is the governor’s PREPARE RI DUAL ENROLLMENT FUND, which provides funding for every qualifying public school student to take courses from Rhode Island’s public post-secondary institutions as part of their high school requirements, at no cost to the student or family.

Outreach and Partnerships

Biotechnology Training Initiative (BTI)
Biotechnology Professional Development & Advancement (BPDA), located in the heart of the New England Region at the URI Providence Biotechnology Center, presents short-course lectures and hands-on workshops on the entire spectrum of critical unit operations in upstream and downstream processing. These non-credit workshops are for technical professionals with a prior BS, MS or Professional Engineers’ (PE) license and non-technical professionals working in the BioPharmaceutical industry.

Concurrent Enrollment Program Information
This program offers motivated high school students the chance to get a head start on their college education by taking college level courses and receiving college credit for their effort.

Concurrent Enrollment Program Teacher Information
High School teachers deliver URI approved course content in their high school classroom. Students benefit from the opportunity to address college level curricula with their high school teachers in a familiar setting.

Dual Enrollment Program Information
High School students have the chance to study college level courses on the URI campus and receive college credit for their efforts.

LEAD Program
URI and Electric Boat complete first LEAD training program for mid-level managers.

The Leadership Partnership of Rhode Island
The Leadership Partnership of Rhode Island is a group of Rhode Island employers, supported by URI and the Rhode Island Manufacturing Association, with a grant from Real Jobs RI to create and deliver a leadership development program. The partnership includes Toray Plastics, AstroNova, Taco Comfort Solutions and Dominion Diagnostics.

The Guiding Education in Math and Science Network (GEMS-Net) is a partnership that includes the University of Rhode Island’s School of Education, scientists and engineers, and public school districts, supporting  STEM teaching and learning for Kindergarten through Grade 8.

The Institute for Immunology and Informatics (iCubed) was established in 2008 under the leadership of Annie De Groot as part of the University of Rhode Island’s emerging biotechnology program. The institute maintains offices and laboratory space in the historic Shepard Building as part of URI’s Feintstein Providence Campus. iCubed’s research focuses on creating new and safer vaccines. Both of iCubed’s Chief Scientists, Drs. Anne De Groot and Alan Rothman, are recognized as leaders in their field, not only for their research expertise, but also for their ability to foster collaboration and mentor the next generation of scientists.


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