RIC names innovation center after Rep. Langevin


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Rhode Island College has named a center after Rep. Jim Langevin.

According to the college, a special ceremony was held Saturday to honor Langevin, a RIC alumnus who graduated in ’90.

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Rep. David Cicilline, Gov. Gina Raimondo, Supreme Court Justice Francis Flaherty and RIC president Nancy Carriuolo were present at the event.

The James R. Langevin Center for Design, Innovation and Advanced Manufacturing is located in Whipple Hall. It will provide “state-of-the-art technology for RIC students, engage K-12 students in STEM career exploration and offer training space for Rhode Island manufacturing business,” according to a news release.

During the ceremony, Langevin reflected on his time at RIC.

“Thirty-two years ago, when I entered my first class at Rhode Island College, I had no idea the indelible impact the college would have on my life. RIC ignited in me a passion for learning, and my experiences both in and out of the classroom laid the foundation for my career in public service.

The college is a huge part of who I am, and I am humbled and honored by this recognition. Rhode Island College empowered me to push harder and achieve things I never thought imaginable.

According to the college, the center is equipped with two robots and multiple 3D printers. The equipment and renovations to the center were funded by external donations.

“Through his support of career and technical training opportunities and affordable higher education, Jim Langevin is working to build our state’s workforce and to meet Rhode Island employers’ needs,” Raimondo said. “It is gratifying to see his alma mater recognize the Congressman’s efforts by naming the advanced manufacturing center in his honor.”

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