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On the heels of an announcement by Rhode Island Governor Lincoln D. Chaffee that General Dynamic’s Electric Boat has signed a 25-year lease agreement with Quonset Development Corporation, ABC6 news stopped by the New England Tech campus to see how we’re preparing students for careers in the shipbuilding/marine trades.
While here, Rhode Island’s ABC6 reporter Nicole Gerber spoke with Steven Kitchin, the Vice President of Corporate Education and Training. Steven spoke with Nicole about the Shipbuilding/Marine Trades and Advanced Manufacturing Institute (SAMI) that New England Tech is running, which prepares unemployed Rhode Island residents with the skills assessments and training needed to land jobs in the shipbuilding industry at no cost to the program participant.
Part of the reason for the expansion at Electric Boat is due to Congress deciding to double the production of Virginia-class submarines, which are produced at Electric Boat’s Quonset facility. It is expected that this expansion will prove to be a huge boost to the Rhode Island economy and that there will be a surge in demand for qualified workers in the shipbuilding industry. In fact, some of the current participants in the SAMI program have already been offered positions at Electric Boat.
Robert Palumbo has joined New England Tech as Project Coordinator for the new Shipbuilding/Marine, Advanced Manufacturing Institute (SAMI) which is scheduled to open this summer in the Gouse Building at the Post Road campus.
Prior to joining New England Tech, Bob has held various positions with the RI Division of Job Development and Training as well as the RI Department of Labor and Training.
Bob will be responsible for managing the $2.5 million grant awarded to New England Tech by the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) to establish SAMI. He will oversee the grant’s operational activities to ensure they comply with USDOL policy.
Bob has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Rhode Island.
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:
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.
New England Institute of Technology Receives $2.5 Million Gran To Establish Shipbuilding/Marine, Advanced Manufacturing Institute
Through a $2.5 million grant provided by the US Department of Labor, New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) is now in its final stages of developing a Shipbuilding/Marine, Advanced Manufacturing Institute (SAMI) to serve 400 unemployed individuals over the three year life of the grant. It will also afford New England Tech the opportunity to operate SAMI for years beyond the grant. In addition, the Rhode Island Foundation, through its Make It Happen RI initiative, donated $50,000 to New England Tech to assist in marketing the SAMI program.
The overall objective of SAMI is to offer eligible individuals the opportunity to enter the Institute and receive job information and educational services along with actual career based, hands-on laboratory experiences. Under the guidance of SAMI’s industry experienced staff, these individuals will be referred to pre-employment training programs, on-the-job training positions, or job opportunities in the shipbuilding/marine and advanced manufacturing industries. Courses of study will lead to the acquisition of needed credentials for these occupations. For those individuals who wish to further continue their studies, New England Tech will offer both associate and bachelor degree programs in related fields.
New England Tech has partnered with General Dynamics/Electric Boat Division, Senesco Marine, Rhode Island Marine Trades Association, RI Manufacturers Association, and other employers in the state in the development of SAMI. This coordination will assist in the recruitment, screening, and training of individuals for these industries. Occupations being targeted include shipfitters, pipefitters, welders, machinists/CNC operators, engine and systems repair, electronics installation and repair, composites, and woodworking. Electric Boat and Senesco Marine have already made commitments to offer on-the-job training experiences and employment to successful program graduates.
SAMI will be centrally located at New England Tech’s Post Road campus in Warwick, Rhode Island, and will reach out to a variety of agencies and venues that serve the unemployed such as, the RI Department of Labor and Training, the Governor’s Workforce Board, two local Workforce Investment Boards, netWORKri, and community based and veterans’ organizations. For more information regarding the SAMI program, contact Fred Santaniello at 401-739-5000 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Under the leadership of President Richard I. Gouse, New England Institute of Technology is a private, non-profit, technical college with an enrollment of more than 3,000 students in over 35 associate, bachelor and master’s degree programs and is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.
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