Bespoke workforce-development sessions satisfy employers, for now

PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO / BUILDING SKILLS: The Dean Hotel in Providence recently enrolled some of its employees in a Core Skills Partnership program funded by a Real Pathways Rhode Island grant from the Governor’s Workforce Board. From left, Aarin Clemons, general manager; Hector Melendez, lead houseman; and Janet Norena, room attendant.
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO / BUILDING SKILLS: The Dean Hotel in Providence recently enrolled some of its employees in a Core Skills Partnership program funded by a Real Pathways Rhode Island grant from the Governor’s Workforce Board. From left, Aarin Clemons, general manager; Hector Melendez, lead houseman; and Janet Norena, room attendant.
For Aarin Clemons, managing downtown Providence’s The Dean Hotel – what he called “a hotel for Providence by Providence” – means employing people of all skill levels. Often, this requires providing workforce-development sessions, and from November to February four of his 15 employees participated in a Core Skills Partnership Real Pathways Rhode Island workshop –…

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