Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI)
Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI)

Newport, RI – The Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce and the Community College RI Divisions of Workforce Partnerships (CCRI) 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. 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: To register for a course, or inquire about registering your team, please email, or visit 

The organizations will kick off the partnership by taking registration for the following virtual courses:

  1. Advanced Excel for Business – June 22nd – July 23rd, Mondays & Thursdays 9:00 -11:00 a.m.

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.

  1. Virtual Technology for Business – June 22nd – July 10th

Class #1 – Week of June 22nd (with 2-hr Webex portion on Friday, 6/26 -9AM-11AM)

Class #2 – Week of July 6th (with 2-hr Webex portion on Friday, 7/10 -9AM-11AM)

Class #3 – Week of July 6th (with 2-hr Webex portion on Friday, 7/10 -1PM-3PM)

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.

  1. Data Literacy – June 27th – September 14th, Mondays & Thursdays9:00-11:00 a.m.

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.

  1. Technical Writing – June 30th – July 23rd, Tuesdays & Thursdays9:00-11:00 a.m.

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.

“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 Meghan Hughes, President of CCRI.

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