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Professional Development Programs

Rhode Island College is pleased to be partnering with campus programs and with public, private, and nonprofit sector offices to offer professional development courses at RIC.

All members of the workforce are invited to participate in our Professional Development Programs, and RIC's Outreach Programs and Office of Professional Studies and Continuing Education can arrange to offer courses on-site tailored to your workforce needs. Please contact Dante Del Giudice at or 401-456-8091 with course suggestions or to arrange for on-site programs.

Workplace Safety: New course appropriate for employees in all business, industry and nonprofit sectors!​

Safety Core to Edge – Does Safety Really Mean Safe?
CONT 450-80; Call # 22827​
1.5 CEU (15 contact hours)
Course Fee: $200
Thursdays, March 22 to April 19; 6:00-9:00 PM
Location: Whipple Hall, Rm 204B, Rhode Island College
Instructor: Joseph J. Werbicki, M.S., CSP

Course Description: This course provides a solid basis on which to build a strong safety culture that minimizes workplace accidents and places safety on a par with other company core values. Participants will learn what they need to know to keep people safe and learn the basics of safety, incorporating field-tested techniques that have been utilized to raise safety awareness, resulting in programs that have been recognized with numerous national, regional and local safety awards. Students will also learn:  Who is responsible for Safety?; The reasons and causes of accidents, injuries, illnesses and close calls; Why mistakes are the major reasons for accidents; Keeping in mind risks involved in daily activities; Why low-probability events occur: How to work safely in spite of the presence of on-the-job hazards.

For information please contact:​ Joseph Werbicki at
Click HERE for course registration.

Sustainability Studies at RIC and the Westerly Education Center​

The Teaching and Practice of Environmental Sustainability
3 Credit Hours
Mark DeMoranville, Ed.D.

Course Description: This course will first explore a selection of the classics of environmental literature, discuss and debate the concept, in theory and practice, of sustainable living from a range of perspectives, examine arguments pro and con for moving towards more sustainable patterns of economy and socio-cultural values, and demonstrate examples of effective lesson plans and activities on sustainability. Foundational readings on environmental sustainability; resilience; climate; ecology and habitat; vital resources including food, water, and energy; and economy will ground course participants in a holistic understanding of the complexity of the issues. Teachers will be challenged to draw from their own expertise, using their content knowledge and classroom experience to design innovative units that integrate the lessons of sustainability in ways that will inspire students.

Course Fee: $750 for undergraduate pre-service teachers and $969 for in-service teachers

Location: RI College
Days, Dates/Times: Mondays, February 19/18 – June 11, 2018; 4:00 – 6:50 PM (No class March 5)
SUST 350C-81: Undergraduate section
SUST 550C-81: Graduate section

Location: Westerly Education Center
Days, Dates/Times: Wednesdays, February 21, 2018 – May 30, 2018; 4:00 – 6:50 PM (No class April 16)
SUST 350C-80: Undergraduate section
SUST 550C-80: Graduate section

Click HERE for course registration.

For information please contact:​

Lori Martin
Rhode Island College
Roberts Hall 301
Providence, RI 02908
Phone: 401-456-8909

Page last updated: February 12, 2018