PROVIDENCE – The Governor’s Workforce Board has issued roughly $130,000 in grants to 36 Rhode Island businesses in the most recent round of the board’s express grant program, the governor’s office announced Tuesday.
The express grant program, which was launched during 2013, presents qualified companies with up to $5,000 in matching backing for the express purpose of improving the skills of current workers.
“Governor’s Workforce Board Express Grants are versatile tools for workforce development, because they can help companies address training needs as they arise,” Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee said in a statement.
Providence-based Waterson Terminal Services, a recipient of $5,000 in express grants, trained eight workers to operate mobile harbor cranes at ProvPort, one of New England’s two deep-water ports.
Since the program’s launch, $240,000 in express grants have been presented to 70 Rhode Island businesses. The board has appropriated $200,000 more for the 2014 fiscal year.
The board also allows companies to reduce their matching contribution for the grants by up to $2,500 by offering youth work experience programs.
By town, the recipients of the most recent round of grants are:
Hall Inc. - $5,000 to provide 55 employees with ISO 9001 quality management training.
Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics - $1,500 to train four employees in lathe and CNC operations.
Arrowhead Dental Associates - $5,000 to train 41 employees in scheduling and service delivery.
The R.I. Hospitality Association - $2,200 to train six employees in Microsoft Excel and workplace Spanish.
Taco Inc. - $5,000 to train 30 employees in tolerance stack analysis.
Infusion Resources - $5,000 to train 10 employees in varied skills such as communications, documentation and clinical procedures.
MotoRing Technical Training Institute - $5,000 to train 12 faculty members in information technology skills.
Bego USA - $1,800 to train six employees in Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint.
Warren Rogers Associates Inc. - $1,440 to train two employees in fuel system diagnostic software.
American Partners Inc. - $5,000 to provide four employees with management training.
Embolden Design Inc. - $3,941 to train eight employees in Web-related technologies.
LLB Architects - $5,000 to train 14 employees in project-development software.
Woodlawn Community Development Corp. - $2,500 to provide six employees with grant writing and customer service training. It also received $2,500 in bonus funding to offer one youth an on-site work experience.
Hodges Badge Co. - $4,740 to train six employees in several Adobe design applications.
Karen’s Hair Design - $5,000 to train two employees in cosmetic services. It also received $2,500 in bonus funding to offer one youth an on-site work experience.
(Add)ventures - $1,795 to train two employees in digital branding and design.
Admirals Bank - $2,000 to train 20 employees in business writing.
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island - $5,000 to train 32 employees in presentation skills and leadership skills.
Crossroads Rhode Island - $4,125 to train 17 employees in non-violent crisis intervention and motivational interviewing.
Horton Interpreting - $2,800 to provide 16 employees with medical interpreter training.
LOPCO Contracting Inc. - $5,000 to provide 25 employees with OSHA 10 certification training.
Nalari Health - $3,997 to train 10 employees in a variety of software programs.
Professional Facilities Management Inc. - $5,000 to train 10 employees in Microsoft SharePoint.
Sansiveri, Kimball and Co. LLP - $5,000 to train 12 employees in technical accounting systems.
Verve Inc. - $398 to train a staff member in Adobe Illustrator.
Waterson Terminal Services - $5,000 to certify eight employees in mobile harbor crane operation.
Breezy Knoll Child Care Center - $2,196 to train eight employees in behavior management and international education.
F.A.F. Inc. - $3,800 to train 30 employees in Microsoft Excel and Adobe Photoshop.
AVTECH Software Inc. - $750 to enroll six employees in FDA medical device training.
Herff Jones Inc. - $5,000 to train 20 employees in leadership development.
The Jewelers Board of Trade - $2,208 to cross-train 35 employees in service delivery methods and business analysis.
Lighthouse Financial Services - $2,500 to train four employees in QuickBooks, Microsoft Excel and other income tax preparation tools. It also received $2,500 in bonus funding to offer one youth an on-site work experience.
Lumetta Inc. - $2,940 to train 12 employees in manufacturing management software. It also received $2,500 in bonus funding to offer one youth an on-site work experience.
Wolverine Joining Technologies - $1,000 to train eight employees in ISO 9001:2008 auditing procedures.
Davitt Design Build Inc. - $188 to provide three employees with OSHA 10 certification training.
South Kingstown Nursing and Rehabilitation Center - $1,533 to provide 100 employees with training related to care of dementia patients.