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Robin Smith, Associate Vice President

Smith leads the Center for Workforce & Community Education which offers programs in customized training, community education, literacy education and personal enrichment courses. She is responsible for programs and courses at four campus locations and represents CCRI in the community as a member of the Providence Cranston Workforce Investment Board, Newport Skills Alliance, Davies Board of Trustees, Workforce Investment Board of Greater RI and convener of the Healthy RI Task Force subgroup on Workforce Development. rasmith2@ccri.edu

Meo Colantonio, Director

Responsible for the leadership, management, and administration of all Community Services programs and functions. This includes all programming aspects of education and training programs, high stakes promotional exams, special grant projects, traffic safety education courses and satellite/off campus locations. As a member of the senior management team of the Center for Workforce and Community Education, Meo contributes to the development and implementation of the division's vision, mission, and goals. ecolantonio@ccri.edu

Fred Colonies, Director

Fred directs the Institute for Leadership Development which provides customized, affordable, high-quality organizational skills training to increase individual and organizational effectiveness. Training opportunities serving organizational needs at all levels, from frontline employees to upper-level management, are available in modular programs focusing on specific aspects of performance improvement, leadership skills, teamwork, supervisory skills, workplace basics and interpersonal communication. These training systems are designed to provide the maximum opportunity for customization in order to best meet an organization’s specific needs. In addition, Fred is responsible for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) SPHR® and PHR® certification review classes and the TiPS® Alcohol Server Awareness Training Program. fcolonies@ccri.edu

Cap Frank, Program Director

Cap is responsible for the Pathways to Advance Career Education (PACE) grant the U.S. Department of Labor awarded to the college. The three-year $3.4 million federal grant, the largest in CCRI history, will produce pathways to career ladder jobs in the expanding industries of health care and information technology for trade-eligible displaced workers, military veterans and other unemployed or underemployed Rhode Island workers. chfrank@ccri.edu

Tasha Gillette, Director

Tasha is the director of CWCE’s Workforce Training department, which offers training to companies and organizations throughout the state of RI. Both credit and noncredit training opportunities are available, as well as programs that are tailored specifically for an organization’s unique needs. Trainings are held on-site or at any of CCRI’s four campuses. Tasha also oversees Environmental Safety Training, which offers classes in lead hazard reduction and lead inspection, and is the authorized testing provider for the RI Department of Health Lead Licensing. tmgillette@ccri.edu

Sharon Miles, Director

Sharon Miles is the Director of CWCE’s Department of Adult Education and Literacy. Hundreds of Rhode Islanders seek the assistance of the various programs offered in this department. Sharon manages the non-credit ESL programs, the GED Transitions Pathways Program, the Workplace Solutions Program, and the Statewide Transitions to College Policy Advocate. Sharon partners with other adult education providers to create a seamless system of services for adult learners. She is responsible for managing the grants that provide funding for many of these services, collaborates with RIDE and other adult education leaders to offer best practice models for students. In addition, Sharon is the GED Chief Examiner for CCRI’s Providence Campus and oversees the pre-testing and GED testing of people seeking a high school equivalency. smiles@ccri.edu  

Jaime Nash, Director

Jaime oversees the divisions many non-credit distance learning programs in addition to several programs offered on-campus. These programs include the Teacher Assistant TrainingHospital-based Massage Training Program, Pet Assisted TherapySAT Prep, and Personal Enrichment Courses as well as the college's contract with the Department of Corrections. He also oversees the Division's student information system along with the website and course brochure. jnash@ccri.edu

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Last Updated: 6/17/14