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Writing, Technology among virtual courses available through new partnership

June 18, 2020

The Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce and the Community College of Rhode Island's Division of Workforce Partnerships have formalized a partnership that will bring valuable programming to the businesses of Greater Newport.

The Chamber’s partnership with CCRI was created to educate and empower local entrepreneurs and business owners by providing enriching skill-specific courses. Course topics include: Advanced Excel, Technical Writing, Data Literacy, and Virtual Technology.

“Developing industry partnerships and strengthening the skills of Rhode Island’s workforce continues to be an important initiative at the Community College of Rhode Island. CCRI is excited to partner with the Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce to help support its members through in-demand trainings that allow businesses to thrive in a digital economy,” said CCRI President Meghan Hughes.

All courses will be held virtually throughout the summer, with limited class size. We encourage all businesses and nonprofit organizations to consider taking advantage of this valuable, professional development opportunity, which is being offered at no cost, courtesy of the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training’s Real Jobs Rhode Island Grant Program.

For more detailed program, please email [email protected]. To register for a course, or inquire about registering your team, please email [email protected], or visit
The organizations will kick off the partnership by taking registration for the following virtual courses:

Advanced Excel for Business
June 22–23
Mondays and Thursdays, 9–11 am
This training looks to provide participants with the ability to harness the power of Microsoft Excel. Participants will learn statistical and financial applications, as well as logical, lookup and math formulas. In covering analysis, this class will look at queries and trendlines, PowerPivot, PowerView, and PowerMap.
Virtual Technology for Business
June 22–July 10
Make remote work ‘work’ for your team. With rapid advancement in technology, a world-wide trend towards and increasingly “mobile” business model has emerged. This training focuses on technologies that support participants’ ability to operate virtually and remotely. Topics include: Virtual Meeting Platforms, mobile Connectivity, Microsoft “Tools for Collaboration," Remote Working and Virtual Communication, Leveraging the “Cloud,” and Technology and Productivity.

  • Class 1
    Week of June 22 (with two-hour Webex portion on Friday, June 26 from 9–11 am)
  • Class 2
    Week of July 6 (with two-hour Webex portion on Friday, July 10 from 9–11 am)
  • Class 3
    Week of July 6 (with two-hour Webex portion on Friday, July 10 from 9–11 am)

Data Literacy
June 27–September 14
Mondays and Thursdays, 9–11:00 am
Throughout this course, students will begin with an introduction to data analytics followed by data analysis concepts and techniques, collecting and cleansing data, Microsoft excel skills (intermediate and advanced) and finish with discrete mathematics overview and analysis methods. Students will complete a Final Project for the course based on a dataset of their choosing.
Technical Writing
June 30–July 23rd
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9–11:00 am
This introductory course focuses on producing concise, clear, credible, objective reports, memoranda, and other related workplace writing. The course promotes writing that demonstrated an awareness of the reader, as well as how to explain complex subjects in an organized manner. 

“This is a great opportunity for employers, their employees and the unemployed throughout the Greater Newport region to skill up. I hope that companies who have transitioned to remote work, or have been forced to reduce their employees’ hours take advantage of these free, value-added programs”, says Erin Donovan-Boyle, Executive Director of the Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce.
The Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce is one of the state’s largest business advocacy organizations, whose mission is to connect, innovate, enhance, and advocate for the businesses of Greater Newport. As a trusted and reliable institution for nearly 100 years, the Greater Newport Chamber is a vibrant collective body of the greater Newport business community with nearly 1,100 members representing over 50,000 employees. We work to create valuable strategic partnerships, promote strong economic growth, diversity, and prosperity to serve its members and the Greater Newport region.  

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