Posted by: Providence Chamber of Commerce | July 17, 2012

Salve’s new Center for Adult Education in Warwick announces Kick-Start RI Awards Program

Salve Regina University is taking a step to address the skills gap discussed in the “Whats Next for Economic Development in RI? forum by encouraging Rhode Islanders to advance their education through a new incentive program.

Salve Regina University plans to give more than $20,000 to Rhode Island continuing education students through Kick-Start RI program.

Rhode Island residents who enroll in an undergraduate continuing education degree program at Salve Regina’s new Center for Adult Education in Warwick may get their first course for free this fall thanks to the university’s Kick-Start RI awards program. The program is an investment of more than $20,000 in adult education in the state.

The university will present awards equivalent to the tuition cost for one class ($810) to 25 students who want to pursue their college degrees. Recipients will be randomly selected from the pool of first-time applicants to one of its continuing education undergraduate degree programs. Each recipient must meet the admissions criteria and successfully answer the application essay, “Why is now the right time to kick-start your education?”

“With so much media attention directed at our state’s unemployment rate and work force skills gap, now is the perfect time for Salve Regina to step up and invest in those who want to better position themselves in their careers by investing in their education,” said Dr. Traci Warrington, Salve Regina’s dean of professional studies. “Undergraduate continuing education degree programs will benefit adults who are currently working or looking for jobs, and a well-trained work force will also benefit our economy.”

Salve Regina’s new Center for Adult Education at 144 Metro Center Blvd. in Warwick will open in the fall, offering graduate and continuing education courses. The 12,000-square-foot facility will provide instructional, student and faculty space in a location convenient to prospective students in Greater Providence.

The university will offer bachelor’s degree programs in business administration, accounting and marketing, as well as a liberal studies degree for students bringing in 60 or more credits from other regionally accredited institutions.  Salve Regina’s existing RN-BS nursing program will also be administered at the Warwick site. The RN-BS nursing program is designed for applicants who are currently working in the field of nursing and who have an RN license.

Recruitment is under way now for classes starting in September. Financial aid is available. For more information, contact 800-637-0002


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