On March 21, 2013, Governor Lincoln D. Chafee announced that the Governor’s Workforce Board (GWB) RI awarded $1.97 million dollars in Innovative Partnership grants, the purpose of which is to link employers and educational providers to offer occupational skills training, experiential learning, and work-readiness skills leading to career opportunities for students, out-of-school youth, as well as unemployed or underemployed adults.
In total, ten grants, ranging in size from $130,000 to $250,000, were awarded to three community-based organizations, three employers, three GWB industry partners and one educational institution—New England Institute of Technology!
The other organizations include:
- Amos House
- Connecting for Children and Families
- Open Doors
- Rhode Island Hospital
- RI Marine Trades Association
- St. Antoine’s Residence
- Stepping Up
- Tech Collective
- J. Arthur Trudeau Memorial Center
New England Tech was awarded $250,000 which will be used for training at the new Shipbuilding/Marine, Advanced Manufacturing Institute (SAMI) to provide entry-level occupational skills to 50 unemployed individuals. Our employer partners include General Dynamics/Electric Boat, Guill Tool and Engineering, Jade Engineered Plastics, Senesco Marine, and Swissline Precision Manufacturing.
The Governor’s Workforce Board is the primary policy-making board for Rhode Island workforce development. Since its inception in 2005, the GWB has invested more than $65 million in programs for the purpose of improving the skill base of the current workforce and to anticipate the future needs of growing and emerging industries.