East Providence, RI, June 19, 2014 – Gurnet Consulting was selected by The Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (RIDE) to provide Project Oversight and Management for their Wireless Classroom Initiative (WCI) infrastructure program. The goal of the program is to increase the technical capabilities of Rhode Island public schools by providing wireless network access for students in every classroom, library, and media center. The $20 million capital bond project, approved by the 2012 Rhode Island state legislature, began in January 2013. Funding is being administered through RIDE in the form of reimbursement grants.
WCI is critical for RIDE to execute its educational improvement initiatives and to participate in the Federal Race To The Top program, a $4.35 billion United States Department of Education contest created to spur innovation and reforms in state and local districts’ K-12 education. Upon completion, WCI will allow students to take advantage of the growing trend for personal computing devices for academic research, instructional software and to participate in secondary and college preparatory proficiency testing. The project will involve approximately 350 schools in 57 districts and is scheduled to be finished in June of 2015, so college preparatory PARCC Assessments can be taken online.
Deborah A. Gist, the Rhode Island Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education said in a statement, “Through a competitive-process, the R.I. Department of Education has selected Gurnet Consulting, of East Providence, to help manage the Wireless Classroom Initiative. This important project will advance our ongoing work toward using technology to transform education in Rhode Island schools and classrooms and to provide students and teachers with the tools and resources they need for learning in the 21st century.” The Gurnet team brings solid project and vendor management expertise, as well as technical infrastructure experience. The firm has been working with representatives from the Department of Education to design, manage and implement RIDE’s Wireless Classroom Initiative.
Over the past 5 years, Gurnet Consulting has led the successful delivery of over $500 million dollars’ worth of Information Technology initiatives with a 95% success rate. The WCI program is of significant importance to the East Providence based consultancy. “The Wireless Classroom Initiative is great on multiple levels. We’ve partnered with our home state, we have local professionals working for a noble cause, and the program will prepare the next generation of Rhode Islanders to compete in the global economy. It doesn’t get much better than that!”, says Martin J. King, Founder and CEO of Gurnet Consulting.
Gurnet Consulting’s headquarters are located in East Providence, Rhode Island. The firm is a leading provider of best-in-class IT strategy and project execution services. Their clients range from Fortune 1000 to mid-market industry leaders. Gurnet specializes in leading complex technology initiatives for major industries such as Finance, Healthcare, Retail, Insurance, Hospitality, Manufacturing and Government. To learn more, visit their website, www.gurnet.com.