Rhode Island Colleges

Rhode Island is home to more than two dozen post secondary education institutions ranging from private universities to public 2-year colleges, many located in Providence. The University of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College are the two largest public institutions. The oldest university in the state, Brown University, was founded before the American Revolution. The university is also a member of the Ivy League and is one of the most selective colleges in Rhode Island. Also notable is the Naval War College, operated by the federal United States Navy, Johnson & Wales University College of Online Education and Salve Regina University. Technology focused programs are offered at both 4-year institutions such as New England Institute of Technology, East Greenwich and 2-year school Lincoln Tech, Lincoln (Providence). The Community College of Rhode Island also operates several campuses throughout the state.

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Rhode Island College and Degree Offerings

Even though Rhode Island is the smallest US state in area, it still boasts a variety of programs ranging from certificate programs to masters degree programs. The private school Johnson & Wales University – Providence offers a career-focused education at every degree level. The state-run system of community colleges and selection of other career colleges and technical schools provides several other opportunities for certificate program or 2-year career training degrees. Providence College and Roger Williams University are the two colleges in Rhode Island offering a Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies education.

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Rhode Island Career Opportunities

What used to be known as the “Birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution” is now a state offering many different types of career opportunities. With a gorgeous Atlantic Ocean coastline tourism is one of Rhode Island’s top industries along with health services and manufacturing. One of the fastest growing jobs careers in Rhode Island is for personal financial advisors. Finance and Accounting & Related Services professionals will all be in demand. Taking advantage of the influx of out-of-town visitors, Baking and Pastry Arts, Hospitality & Restaurants, Tourism and even business careers in Management are destined for success. Many students at Rhode Island colleges find that Education and Teaching and Secondary Education careers are easy to start in the state. Health services is the states largest industry and jobs are never hard to find for those pursuing Medical Assistant Professions, Mental & Social Health Services, Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training (LPN, LVN, Cert, Dipl, AAS) and Ultrasound Technician careers. And finally, Legal Assistant/Paralegal careers are in demand as many typical law services are now handled by those with 2-year career training degrees.