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Office of Professional Studies and Continuing Education

Rhode Island College's Professional Studies and Continuing Education (PSCE) extends the educational offerings and resources of RIC and provides administrative programming support and assistance to affiliated agencies and organizations on and off campus. Check back for offerings in Westerly for the Spring '18 semester.

PSCE units and programs include Continuing Education, Summer Sessions, Early Spring Session, Faculty-Led Travel, Outreach Programs, Career Development Center, RI STEAM Center, ESL Intensive and ExCEL Programs, Economic and Leadership Development, Sustainability Programs, Langevin Center for Design, Innovation and Advanced Manufacturing and various cultural and community programs. 

PSCE needs, values and depends on our campus and community partners to support effective programs.  All CE courses and programs are offered in cooperation with RIC schools and departments. For partnering agencies and organizations, PSCE provides assistance with establishing courses and workshops and with identifying College resources that support continuing education activities. Rhode Island College has a long history of providing such assistance to business and industry and to public and private schools and agencies. 

 

The Rhode Island College Institute for Education in Healthcare, in partnership with the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training Real Jobs program and Skills for Rhode Island’s Future have created a free, eight-week training for anyone wishing to become a community health worker. To be accepted into the program, come to one of the interview sessions on September 28, October 3 and October 5.

Ideal candidates for the position are adults with an interest in healthcare who are passionate about public health, possess a high school diploma or GED, are computer literate, and are ready to succeed in the training. Previous experience is not needed. The interview sessions are scheduled for:

Thursday, September 28, 11:00 a.m. – noon, Jonnycake Center, 23 Industrial Drive, Westerly
Tuesday, October 3, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Westerly Education Center, 23 Friendship St., Westerly
Thursday, October 5, 1:00 p.m. -- 2:00 p.m., Westerly Education Center, 23 Friendship St., Westerly

If you can't attend one of the sessions, please contact Evelyn at 401-680-5955 to schedule an interview.

Community health workers provide invaluable services to their neighbors by recognizing need and recommending solutions. They connect people with appropriate healthcare services, help families navigate the healthcare system, and guide them so as to eliminate social and cultural barriers to receiving the care they need.

The training topics include health literacy, ethics, professionalism, safety, self-care, promoting healthy habits, care coordination, advocacy, behavioral health, client engagement, and diversity. Classes will be held twice a week from 9:00 a.m. to noon at Westerly Education Center, 23 Friendship Street in Westerly.