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Training & Development

CCRI recognizes that the skills and knowledge of its employees are critical to the success of the College. Personal and professional development opportunities are provided through a number of formal and informal venues for CCRI employees.

Training Resources

Online Harassment Training

CCRI is committed to providing a safe learning, working, and living environment that is free from violence and unlawful discrimination and harassment. As part of that commitment, we are asking that all faculty and staff (both full and part-time) complete the following online training course if you haven't done so already.

To begin the training, please follow the steps within this link

Accessibility-Training-Awareness & Sensitivity Course

A-TASC Force Training

Disability Services for Students is offering a free professional development opportunity for CCRI faculty and staff: a semester-long hybrid course addressing accessibility, disability, and culture.

Participants who successfully complete the course will receive a certification placed in their personnel file and materials that formally certify them as A-TASC Force graduates. Recipients may submit the course for ongoing professional development credits from accrediting institutions.

Contact Barbie Sanborn at [email protected] or 401-455-6013.

SafeZone Training

SafeZone is a nationally-recognized program of awareness for those who want to be identified as an ally to members of our LGBTQ community. This session will offer you the essential information you need so that you can be supportive of, and offer resources to, students who might need some extra support during their college experience. At the end of our time, you will be qualified to display the CCRI SafeZone symbol, signifying you as a safe person to help deal with the unique issues associated with gender expression and lifestyle choices. This is a great opportunity for you to learn more about and be able to serve some of our student population.

Employees who wish to participate should call the Program Coordinator at 825-2024 to register.

Next Session: TBD


State of Rhode Island Department of Administration Learning & Development Office

The Department of Administration has launched the Rhode Island Learning and Development Office. The mission of this office is to create a culture of continual learning and improvement to promote professional development opportunities for State employees that enhance capacity, maximize efficiency and to support organizational goals. For more information on this program and to register for a course, visit



Rhode Island Higher Education Training Consortium

The Rhode Island Higher Education Training Consortium is dedicated to providing the higher education workforce with the training they need to succeed while affording opportunities to network with colleagues from other area institutions. The Consortium offers comprehensive programs designed to address mutual needs within the member institutions while providing economies of scale and cost-sharing opportunities.

Please email Lizzie Pollock at [email protected] to learn of upcoming workshop dates or to register for a workshop. Upon registration, fees will be paid by the Office of Human Resources.

Teaching and Learning Collaborative (TLC)

The Teaching and Learning Collaborative is a community of faculty centered on promoting effective teaching and improving our students' learning. We support and provide professional development opportunities for all faculty, particularly peer-to-peer opportunities where faculty teach and learn from each other and share their expertise. TLC serves as a bridge between departments and divisions and promotes relationship-building across CCRI.

Information Technology Workshops

The Information Technology Department provides training sessions for college-related software and hardware throughout the year. These sessions are designed to assist faculty and staff with the knowledge and confidence to effectively use the productivity tools that CCRI supports. View all sessions and register here.

Center for Instruction & Technology (CIT)

The Center for Instruction & Technology hosts workshops and presentations throughout the year to provide faculty development on instruction and learning technology topics. The goal of these sessions is to educate, inform, and inspire faculty on how today's learning environments can be enhanced through technology. Please visit for their event schedule or to arrange for a one-on-one consultation.

Threat Assessment Workshops

The Offices of Student Services and Human Resources are offering a special training program to help you understand and manage disruptive and potentially violent behavior in the classroom. With a population that is increasingly stressed by economic conditions, increasingly demanding, insistent on instant solutions and less aware of the educational process, there has been a steady increase in the number of incidents of inappropriate classroom behavior reported. CCRI is certainly not alone in facing these challenges, but CCRI does have a training program to help you recognize a potentially dangerous situation and show you how mitigate the chances of a violent event happening in your classroom. This 90-minute session will help you understand the causes of violence, how to identify potential problems and when and how to involve the college in the matter.

The training sessions will take place on three of the four CCRI main campuses the week before the spring semester begins. To register for a session, please visit the Threat Assessment website or contact Michael Cunningham, Dean of Students at [email protected].

Managing Performance Expectations

Turning Managerial Challenges Into Positive Results

A Training for Managers and Supervisors

Date/Time: TBD
Location: Department of Administration, One Capitol Hill, Providence, RI 02908 Second Floor, Conference Room A

Our supervisors are faced with the everyday responsibility of effectively managing their employees. Managing Performance Expectations - Turning Managerial Challenges into Positive Results is a training program developed by the Department of Administration to train all levels of managers on how to identify and communicate performance expectations to their subordinates and to turn those managerial challenges into positive results. Our goal is to train and assist our managers in solving problem behavior while focusing on respect and responsibility.

During this training, you will:

  • Have the opportunity to take a break from your work day, stop and take a hard look at your workforce and plan how to address the managerial challenges you face.
  • Learn about the tools available and how to apply them to practical situations.
  • Be inspired to try new ideas and new solutions to your problems.
  • See new ways of handling situations.
  • Learn about our union contract obligations.
  • Become aware of resources available to assist you when help is needed.
  • Learn from the people around you.

At the end of this training, you will:

  • Get your supervisory responsibilities under control.
  • Achieve the needs of your organization from your employees.
  • Lead and motivate the members of your workgroup to do their best.
  • Assess performance and take appropriate corrective action when problems occur.

Please email Lizzie Pollock at [email protected] to learn of upcoming workshop dates.

Suicide Prevention Training for RI State Employees

Question, Persuade, and Refer - 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide.

Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, QPR-trained Gatekeepers learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. QPR can be learned in as little as one hour.

QPR-trained Gatekeepers can include parents, friends, neighbors, teachers, ministers, doctors, nurses, office supervisors, foremen, police officers, advisors, caseworkers, firefighters, and many others who are strategically positioned to recognize and refer someone at risk of suicide.

At this training you will learn how to:

  • Recognize the warning signs of suicide
  • Offer hope
  • Get help and save a life

How can Rhode Island State Employees access this training?

This FREE one-hour training is offered to Rhode Island State Employees through the State’s Employee Assistance Program.

  1. Log on to the Employee Assistance Program website: and use the access code: RhodeIsland
  2. Once logged on, utilize the navigation bar at the top of the page to click “Crisis Support” and then select the “Suicide Prevention” option from the sub-menu.
  3. Scroll down to the “Learn” section of the page and click on the “Suicide Prevention Education Program” link.
  4. Follow the instructions to complete the QPR training and receive a completion certificate.