State Distributes $4.5M For Job Training Across RI

Nov 24, 2015

The state is distributing some $4.5 million dollars for job training programs around the state. The money will be split among 26 groups.

The winning groups include Rhode Island businesses and non-profits across sectors from finance to defense. North Kingstown-based submarine builder Electric Boat received the largest grant of almost $370,000.

Electric Boat training manager Craig Sipe said the company will use the grant to expand training programs.

“In the arena of ship-fitting, welding and machining,” said Sipe. “So were going to use this money to expand those programs and then recruit additional recruits from Rhode Island into those programs so that we can hire them in those occupations when they complete the training.”

Electric Boat is one of the largest defense manufacturers in the state.

The group Design (by) RI received almost $150,000 to train students, and current designers. Co-founder Lisa Carnevale said the money will go towards three different programs.    

“A post graduate fellowship, a cultivate program which is actually designed to grow awareness within high school students, and then a mid-career advancement program for seasoned professionals that need to elevate some design skills,” said Carnevale.

Carnevale said they will initially offer their programs to ten design professionals during the first year.

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