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By PBN Staff
PROVIDENCE - Nearly $2 million worth of Innovative Partnership grants have been awarded by the Governor’s Workforce Board, Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee announced Thursday.
The grants, which range from $130,000 to $250,000, are an effort to develop career opportunities for students, out-of-school youth, and unemployed or underemployed adults with employers and educational providers.
Recipients include three community-based organizations, three employers, three Governor’s Workforce Board industry partners and one educational institution. They are:
According to a release, collectively, the grants will serve more than 540 participants in the hospitality, health care, information technology, marine trades and green technology industries. Of these participants, the release said, 420 are expected to gain work experience and/or internship opportunities through training programs. Approximately 300 are projected to find permanent employment related to their training.
“To accelerate Rhode Island’s economic recovery, we must continue to work to better address the training needs of our businesses,” Chafee said in prepared remarks. “By connecting employers with educational providers to serve the needs of the unemployed and underemployed, we are making real progress toward closing some of the skill gaps in our state.”
GWB Executive Director Rick Brooks said that 32 organizations submitted requests for proposals for the grants, requesting $5.4 million.
These grants are funded by the employer-financed Job Development Fund. Currently, more than 50 Rhode Island employers are providing work-related services made possible by Innovative Partnership grants.