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  • Tuesday, March 27, 2018 10:23 AM | Reggie Martell (Administrator)

    The Northern Rhode Island Collaborative (NRIC) held its 32nd Annual Meeting on March 22, 2018 at the Pawtucket Country Club, in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. 

    Following welcoming remarks from NRIC Chairperson, Ms. Georgia Fortunato, the Executive Director Joseph M. Nasif, Jr. presented the Executive Director’s Report with the opening remarks, “All of us here this evening are stakeholders in ensuring that all students, be they regular education, or special education, are provided the best possible instruction and services designed to maximize their potential.” This year’s Guest Speaker, former teacher at NRIC, Robert Dagesse, shared personal anecdotes and wisdom from years of working with this special population of students.

    Along with a social hour and dinner, the ceremony proceeded with the presentation of a number of awards to exceptional faculty, staff, and administrators. The Infinity Award was given to candidates from various NRIC Programs in recognition of the employee’s effort to go beyond their daily job description. The recipients of this recognition were - Jonathan Paquin, Nancy Duffy, Maria Marks, Stephanie Rich, and Craig T. Enos. 

    The Community Outreach Award, given annually to an individual who promotes the programs of the the Collaborative not only through the Blackstone Valley, and other member districts but throughout the state - someone who is a spokesman and the face of the Collaborative at a district level, State level, the Department of Education, and works with professionals and families throughout the State was presented to Lee Berthiaume. 

    The Hall of Fame Award, presented annually to an individual who, during the formation of NRIC, has positively impacted the organization and contributed to the support of the classrooms and mission of the Collaborative, was given to Debbie Jannetta.

    As described in our Mission Statement, The Northern Rhode Island Collaborative is a public, non-profit educational institution dedicated to providing special education programs and other educational services to school districts and community partners in Northern Rhode Island. Established in 1987, NRIC is committed ensuring that students in the community receive the best and most comprehensive education available in the least restrictive environment.



    Special Partners

    Dean Michael Cunningham

    Michele Simpson
    Special Education Director
    Cranston School Department

    Charlene Carignan
    Receiving Manager
    Burlington Coat Factory

    Steven Lopes
    Store Manager
    Burlington Coat Factory

    Dr. Jason Rafferty

    20 Years of Service
    Janet Petit

    Infinity Award
    Jonathan Paquin
    Nancy Duffy
    Maria Marks
    Stephanie Rich
    Craig Enos

    Community Outreach Award
    Lee Berthiaume

    Hall of Fame Award
    Debbie Jannetta

    Director’s Award
    Pat Russell

  • Tuesday, March 28, 2017 9:51 AM | NRIC News (Administrator)

    The Northern Rhode Island Collaborative hosted their 31st annual meeting on March 23, 2017, at Pawtucket Country Club in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. From presentations to awards to connecting with friends and colleagues, the celebration was enjoyed by all of the membership that was able to attend.

    Following a welcome by NRIC Chairperson Georgia Fortunato, members heard from Dr. Ken Wagner, Rhode Island’s Commissioner of Education, as he gave a keynote address that focused on the educational opportunities and choices that students, educators, and leaders alike will face in the near future. Melissa Devargas, an NRIC student addressed the audience as well, talking about her experience and how the NRIC has changed her life for the better. She will graduate this spring and attend the Community College of Rhode Island in the fall to follow her passion for veterinary medicine.

    Executive Director Joe Nasif presented awards to NRIC staff members, recognizing their contributions to the success of the organization. Partner organizations and businesses were also honored, including Meeting Street Early Intervention, CVS Health, and Lil & Gene’s Family Restaurant.

    (for more photos, visit: http://nric-ri.org/NRIC-31st-Annual-Meeting-Gallery)


    Partnership Awards

    Meeting Street Early Intervention - Amanda Boisvert

    CVS Health - Rick LaFerrier

    Lil and Gene's - Corey Dumas

    Infinity Awards

    Charlotte Duke

    Lisa Breault

    Shirley Brandreth

    Sarah Rosendale

    Jane DeMelo

    Alfonso Cambio

    Kerri McLaughlin

    Mary Bowles

    Hall of Fame Award:

    Ricky Bourcier

    Community Outreach Award: 

    Donna Rizzo

    Thank You Award: 

    Miriam"Ruby" Slack

    Director's Award: 

    Nancy Duffy

  • Monday, March 28, 2016 3:19 PM | NRIC News (Administrator)

    The Northern Rhode Island Collaborative hosted their 30th annual meeting on March 24, 2016, at Twelve Acres in Smithfield, Rhode Island. 

    From presentations to awards to connecting with friends and colleagues, the celebration was enjoyed by all of the membership that was able to attend.

     Click here for more photos of the celebration.

  • Tuesday, March 22, 2016 4:11 PM | NRIC News (Administrator)
    The Northern Rhode Island Collaborative’s (NRIC) Transition Center will host a Transition Night event for high school students with disabilities and their families, teachers, service providers and professionals working with youth in transition.

    More than 50 agencies, organizations, colleges, and training programs designed for youth with disabilities are expected to attend this evening event, which will be held on Thursday, April 14, 2016, from 6 to 8 PM at NRIC’s Building B, 104A & 104B Training Facilities on 640 George Washington Highway, Lincoln, RI.  Light refreshments will be served and there is no cost for attendance.

    The Northern R.I. Regional Transition Center supports youth with disabilities in their transition from school to adult life.  According to Cindy VanAvery, Regional Transition Coordinator, youth with disabilities transitioning from school to adult life face many challenges, but often find success with the support of NRIC’s proven strategies and programs.

    “Students transitioning to adult life always face significant and sometimes unexpected challenges, but students with disabilities often face even more difficult circumstances,” she said.  “Our programs are designed to smooth this transition, supporting students and providing them with success strategies that will serve them for a lifetime.”

    Connecting students to the colleges, programs, organizations, and professionals who can work with them during this next phase of their lives is part of the process, and this is why we host this event, bringing together everyone for an evening of engagement, planning, and fun.”

    The evening will include an opportunity for students to speak directly with agencies that will provide support after students exit high school.  The event is sponsored by the Northern RI Regional Transition Center, RI Parent Information Center, Lincoln High School, Smithfield High School, and William M. Davies & Career Technical High School.
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