The community college of Rhode Island is partnering with submarine builder General Dynamics Electric Boat on a new satellite campus in Westerly. The facility will offer typical college classes as well as specialty technical training.
With the new partnership, Electric Boat will offer workforce development classes to its employees in fields including carpentry and pipefitting. Electric Boat and CCRI will also begin a program for high schoolers, similar to vocational training, which could culminate in a job following graduation.
CCRI president Meghan Hughes says the facility will be custom built for several specific areas of training.
“What electric boat told us they needed, and what we are building for them, are four different areas of a curriculum: electrical, pipefitting, carpentry, and sheet metal,” said Hughes.
The 3,400 square foot building will cost about $4 million dollars; part of the construction will be funded with private donations, as well as federal and municipal money. Once at capacity, the school will be able to accommodate about 1000 students.