PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island will receive a $670,000 Workforce Investment Act grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to improve the technology of the state’s workforce development programs, Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee announced Monday.
The state earned the grant based on the success of its adult education and workforce development programs. The R.I. Department of Education and Department of Labor and Training both surpassed WIA benchmarks for education and employment, allowing the state to apply for the incentive award.
It was the first time Rhode Island was eligible for the grant since it first became available in 1998.
“In order to continue moving Rhode Island’s economy in the right direction, we need to improve education and training at every level – from early-childhood education right up through our public schools, our colleges and universities, and our adult education and workforce development,” Chafee said in a statement. “This incentive grant recognizes the outstanding work already under way in Rhode Island and will further enable the R.I. Department of Education and the R.I. Department of Labor and Training to invest in improvements to adult education and workforce training services.”
DLT plans to use its portion of the funding to purchase data-analytics technology to help track the progress and trends in its employment and workforce development programs.
RIDE will use its funds for technology in adult education classrooms and to establish a technology committee to develop a statewide technology plan. The plan will focus on issues of policy and access, particularly in the area of professional development, training and assessment.