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With R.I. manufacturing jobs on the rise, employers seek skilled workers

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island manufacturing sector reported its largest month-over-month job increase in over a year in July, though some local employers are...

We Make RI manufacturing training fair to help unemployed reenter workforce

CRANSTON – Manufacturing training organization We Make RI will host an in-person training fair on Wednesday. Workforce development organizations that will be on hand include...

R.I. Textile Innovation Network webinar to focus on industrial sewing

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Textile Innovation Network will host a free webinar on March 3 focused on We Make RI’s Industrial Sewing workforce...

We Make RI launches industrial sewing classes to help train displaced...

CRANSTON – Working in conjunction with the Back to Work RI initiative, manufacturing and training organization We Make RI has launched industrial sewing classes. The...

We Make RI raising funds for dye-sublimation project for Back to...

CRANSTON – We Make RI has a Kickstarter campaign underway, looking to raise $15,000 for materials to teach displaced workers textile-industry skills, the nonprofit...
fresh air: We Make RI trainer David Cucconelli, center, works with Jeremy Hardy, left, and Evan Luca during an outdoor training session. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

We Make RI helps people ‘make’ a career change

PBN INNOVATIVE COMPANIES 2020 EDUCATION/TRAINING We Make RI “Innovative” is an everyday term at Cranston-based We Make RI. The 4-year-old organization dedicates itself to educating...

We Make RI to hold first segment of manufacturing job camp...

CRANSTON – Manufacturer-training organization We Make RI will start this year’s Manufacturing Job Camp with an online classroom segment followed by in-person participation, the...

Five Questions With: Barbara Jackson

Manufacturing workforce-development group We Make RI moved into a bigger location on March 1, with more than 12,000 square feet of new space to...
UPDATING THE PATH A new collaboration between the Westerly Education Center, the R.I. Department of Labor and Training, the R.I. Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner and businesses across the state, with support from the Real Jobs Rhode Island initiative, is training the next generation of process technicians and chemical operators, positions needed in the brewing, medical research and consumer products industries, among others. The program requires a high school diploma or GED to begin, takes eight weeks of both classroom learning and hands-on training, 
and is free. Here, Clarke Richmond makes circuits to control fluids at the WEC. / PBN PHOTO/BRIAN MCDONALD


Paths to manufacturing jobs grow

Perhaps it was an extraordinary run as a major manufacturer in a number of industries, one that kept the state looking backward instead of...
JOB TRAINING: We Make RI staff, from left: Diana Castellone, marketing specialist; Barbara Jackson, executive director; Katelyn Boudreau, vice president of employer relations; and Samantha Gobin, outreach coordinator, meet at the nonprofit’s Cranston offices.
 / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Manufacturing a new job

At least half of the men accepted into classes at We Make RI say they want to be machinists, or computer numerically controlled operators. The...
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