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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...
STOREFRONTS: Journeyman glazer Michael Bennacchia of Chandler Architects works on the interior storefronts during renovation of the Empire Street wing of the Providence Public Library.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Training at heart of PPL’s new mission

The Providence Public Library, the grand dame of Rhode Island’s public libraries, is just a shell of its former self … literally. Last fall the...

$2.6M to go toward jobs, training for youth

PROVIDENCE - A Rhode Island program aimed at helping young people build skills and experience in the work world has received $2.6 million in...

Five Questions With Frank D. Sanchez

Frank D. Sanchez | President, Rhode Island College 1. Gov. Gina M. Raimondo has proposed expanding the Rhode Island Promise program to RIC. How important...
GIVING VOICE: Dave Chenevert, executive director of the Rhode Island Manufacturers Association, has been busy advocating for companies at the Statehouse and beyond.
 / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

RIMA’s Chenevert fixates on problem-solving in manufacturing sector

Dave Chenevert, Rhode Island Manufacturers Association Manufacturing Champion | 2019 Manufacturing Awards If there is one thing Dave Chenevert loves as much as solving problems...

RI Core Skills Partnership to cover full cost of English-literacy program

WARWICK – The Rhode Island Core Skills Partnership will now cover 100 percent of the cost to train employers’ incumbent workers in English-language literacy,...
A BRIGHT START: Michael Stuba is training for a job as a pipe fitter for General Dynamics Electric Boat at a Westerly Education Center program put on by the Community College of Rhode Island. / PBN PHOTO/BRIAN MCDONALD

R.I. manufacturers learn to manage a ‘good’ problem – training more...

In the last few years, manufacturing in Rhode Island is on a growth spurt of sales, productivity and plant modernization, and that’s led to...
KAREN MELLEN is the director/principal of the East Providence Career and Technical Center. / COURTESY EAST PROVIDENCE CAREER AND TECHNICAL CENTER

Five Questions With: Karen Mellen

Karen Mellen began her health care career in radiology. She quickly developed a passion for teaching science and pursued a bachelor’s degree in health...
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.

Bespoke workforce-development sessions satisfy employers, for now

For Aarin Clemons, managing downtown Providence’s The Dean Hotel – what he called “a hotel for Providence by Providence” – means employing people of...

Pointing way to better workforce

PBN’s inaugural Workforce Development Summit delivered a strong message: private industry, educators and government must communicate in a much more consistent and robust way...
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