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  • Tuesday, March 28, 2017 9:51 AM | NRIC News (Administrator)

    The Northern Rhode Island Collaborative hosted their 31st annual meeting on March 23, 2017, at Pawtucket Country Club in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. From presentations to awards to connecting with friends and colleagues, the celebration was enjoyed by all of the membership that was able to attend.

    Following a welcome by NRIC Chairperson Georgia Fortunato, members heard from Dr. Ken Wagner, Rhode Island’s Commissioner of Education, as he gave a keynote address that focused on the educational opportunities and choices that students, educators, and leaders alike will face in the near future. Melissa Devargas, an NRIC student addressed the audience as well, talking about her experience and how the NRIC has changed her life for the better. She will graduate this spring and attend the Community College of Rhode Island in the fall to follow her passion for veterinary medicine.

    Executive Director Joe Nasif presented awards to NRIC staff members, recognizing their contributions to the success of the organization. Partner organizations and businesses were also honored, including Meeting Street Early Intervention, CVS Health, and Lil & Gene’s Family Restaurant.

    (for more photos, visit: http://nric-ri.org/NRIC-31st-Annual-Meeting-Gallery)


    Partnership Awards

    Meeting Street Early Intervention - Amanda Boisvert

    CVS Health - Rick LaFerrier

    Lil and Gene's - Corey Dumas

    Infinity Awards

    Charlotte Duke

    Lisa Breault

    Shirley Brandreth

    Sarah Rosendale

    Jane DeMelo

    Alfonso Cambio

    Kerri McLaughlin

    Mary Bowles

    Hall of Fame Award:

    Ricky Bourcier

    Community Outreach Award: 

    Donna Rizzo

    Thank You Award: 

    Miriam"Ruby" Slack

    Director's Award: 

    Nancy Duffy

  • Monday, March 28, 2016 3:19 PM | NRIC News (Administrator)

    The Northern Rhode Island Collaborative hosted their 30th annual meeting on March 24, 2016, at Twelve Acres in Smithfield, Rhode Island. 

    From presentations to awards to connecting with friends and colleagues, the celebration was enjoyed by all of the membership that was able to attend.

     Click here for more photos of the celebration.

  • Tuesday, March 22, 2016 4:11 PM | NRIC News (Administrator)
    The Northern Rhode Island Collaborative’s (NRIC) Transition Center will host a Transition Night event for high school students with disabilities and their families, teachers, service providers and professionals working with youth in transition.

    More than 50 agencies, organizations, colleges, and training programs designed for youth with disabilities are expected to attend this evening event, which will be held on Thursday, April 14, 2016, from 6 to 8 PM at NRIC’s Building B, 104A & 104B Training Facilities on 640 George Washington Highway, Lincoln, RI.  Light refreshments will be served and there is no cost for attendance.

    The Northern R.I. Regional Transition Center supports youth with disabilities in their transition from school to adult life.  According to Cindy VanAvery, Regional Transition Coordinator, youth with disabilities transitioning from school to adult life face many challenges, but often find success with the support of NRIC’s proven strategies and programs.

    “Students transitioning to adult life always face significant and sometimes unexpected challenges, but students with disabilities often face even more difficult circumstances,” she said.  “Our programs are designed to smooth this transition, supporting students and providing them with success strategies that will serve them for a lifetime.”

    Connecting students to the colleges, programs, organizations, and professionals who can work with them during this next phase of their lives is part of the process, and this is why we host this event, bringing together everyone for an evening of engagement, planning, and fun.”

    The evening will include an opportunity for students to speak directly with agencies that will provide support after students exit high school.  The event is sponsored by the Northern RI Regional Transition Center, RI Parent Information Center, Lincoln High School, Smithfield High School, and William M. Davies & Career Technical High School.
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