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RIC at WEC (Westerly Education Center)

RIC'​s Professional Studies and Continuing Education will offer courses and community programming at WEC on an ongoing basis. Please check this page for courses and programming offered each term.

You may visit WEC by clicking on the following link: Westerly Education Center​​.

NEW! Microsoft Office: Introductory to Excel 2016

Rhode Island College is offering an introductory course on the basics of Microsoft Excel. Students will learn the basics of the ribbon including creating and formatting of documents, creating spreadsheets using formulas and functions as well as charts.

Wednesdays: May 29, June 5, June 12, June 19 and June 26
Times: 1-4 p.m.​

To register, contact Tom Pearce at 401-388-4426 or email

NEW! Certificate of Graduate Study in Project Management

Providing study and training for cost-effective and efficient management of manufacturing and production facilities

Four Courses for a total of 16 Credit Hours
Free for qualified Rhode Island incumbent workers*
Funded by a Real Jobs Rhode Island Grant

*Self-Pay students may also apply.  Tuition is $323 per credit.

Tentative Course Schedule: May 2019 to June 2010
First Course: MGT 537: High Performance Project Management, 4 Credit Hours
Dates: May 13 to June 21, 2019

Program Description

Project management is a discipline needed for the cost-effective and efficient management of manufacturing and production facilities. Project managers help optimize the flow of products and services, saving time and money for businesses.

Rhode Island College is pleased to make this certificate of study to people working and living in southern Rhode Island. After successful completion of four courses, graduates will strengthen their skills and provide more value to employers seeking the implementation of modern techniques to drive optimal performance.

Enrollment is open for the course of study that will run from May 13 through June 21, 2019, which is Rhode Island College’s Summer Session I. 

The integrative course introduces concepts related to supply chain dynamics, procurement, logistics, planning, and transportation. The distinctive, real-world designed curriculum addresses knowledge and skills applicable for strategic and operational performance; managing processes needed for the production and distribution of goods and services; and teamwork skills. Participants will connect theory to practice through the use of hands-on simulations, exercises and problems, and case studies.

The cost $1,292 per course. HOWEVER, if you live and work in Rhode Island the course will be free. Because this postsecondary credential addresses a state-identified need for improved training for jobs that exist now and will be a part of Rhode Island’s future economy, the Real Jobs Rhode Island grant program is underwriting the cost for incumbent workers to study and train in this discipline.

The admission requirements are a bachelor’s degree, application letter, letters of recommendation and perhaps an interview.

Program of Study, Schedule and Continuing Education tuition 





MGT 537: High Performance Project Management
Students learn project planning, execution, management, and measurement techniques, with an emphasis on the completion of projects on time and within budget.


Summer Session I 2019
(Hybrid Course)


MGT 542: Project Risk and Cost Management
Students learn to identify and analyze project risk and to select an effective response strategy. Topics include cost management, cost estimation, and cost control.


Fall 2019


MGT 543: Project Communications Management
This course examines various styles of communication and conflict resolution. Students will develop communication, conflict management, and negotiation skills.


Spring 2020


MGT 544: Program Management
Students learn how managers support successful project-level activity with a focus on decision-making capacity and understanding requisite systems.


Summer Session I, 2020


Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate records
  • An applicant’s letter describing professional goals, including how the program will help the applicant achieve these professional goals
  • Three letters of recommendation that address professional or practical/applied experience in the field of operations management as a whole, including project management, supply chain management or related. At least one of the letters of recommendation must be from a professional employed within the field of operations management or a management instructor in higher education
  • An interview may be required
  • Completed application form accompanied by a $50 non-refundable application fee. Apply online at link:​

Please contact Westerly Education Center’s Tom Pearce at or 401-388-4426 for additional information.

For additional information from Rhode Island College, please contact: Paul Jacques, Professor, Management and Marketing Department, Rhode Island College at 401-456-9835 or

Page last updated: April 11, 2019