The Official Launch of New England Tech’s Shipbuilding/Marine Trades and Advanced Manufacturing Institute (SAMI) was nothing short of a great success. Held on Monday, July 21, 2014, at the Post Road campus, NEIT’s administration, faculty and staff were joined by Rhode Island’s congressional delegation, SAMI industry partners, and other invited guests. SAMI is funded in part by a $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, a $440,000 grant from the RI Governor’s Workforce Board, and a $50,000 award from the Rhode Island Foundation.
SAMI was established to provide Rhode Island employers with a pipeline of skilled workers in the shipbuilding and advanced manufacturing industries. NEIT staff worked closely with employers to develop evaluation curricula, training programs, and laboratories designed to provide eligible unemployed Rhode Island residents with the skills needed to enter the workforce. To date, 90% of the program completers are working in jobs with the following employers: General Dynamics/Electric Boat, Blount Boats, Senesco Marine, Aerotek Staffing Agency, Guill Manufacturing, R.I. Carbide Tool, Pilgrim Screw Company, Maro Display Company, Swissline Precision and Porter Machine.
Steve Kitchin, New England Tech’s Vice President for Corporate Education and Training, served as the Master of Ceremonies. Guest speakers included Senator Jack Reed; Senator Sheldon Whitehouse; Congressman James Langevin; Congressman David Cicilline; Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian; Sean Davies, Facility Manager at Electric Boat; and SAMI graduate, Donnie Daniel, Jr. Before closing the program, a submarine prototype built by SAMI students was christened by NEIT’s Senior Vice President, Cheryl Connors. SAMI facility tours were also conducted.
Since the SAMI launch, more than 100 individuals have inquired about the training programs. For more information, visit www.SAMIRI.org or call 401-467-7744 ext. 3700.