PROVIDENCE EAST – Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) today announced federal funding of $350,000 for the East Providence Workforce Training Program. He was joined by Mayor Bob DaSilva, President of Roger Williams University (RWU), Ioannis Miaoulis, Dean of University College Gena Bianco, State Representatives Katherine Kazarian, Gregg Amore and Brianna Henries, City Council Vice Chairman Bob Roderick and the East Providence School District. Superintendent Dr. Sandra Forand.
Secured through targeted funding known as Community Project Funding in the government’s fiscal year 2022 spending bill, this funding will support workforce and career development opportunities for approximately 530 earning adults low to moderate from East Providence. Program participants will enroll in certification courses through RWUC, which aim to improve employment opportunities by developing industry-specific, IT and leadership skills. The program will offer courses in Microsoft Office, social media marketing, business office technology, program management, and specialist practice training.
“While Rhode Island has recovered nearly 90% of the jobs lost during the pandemic shutdowns, supply chain challenges and an increasingly online economy have made it difficult for too many Rhode Islanders to find jobs. well-paid jobs, said Congressman Cicilline. “The free courses and certifications offered through East Providence’s Workforce Training Program will help affected workers improve their skills, helping them find and qualify for better jobs and opportunities. higher incomes for themselves and their families.”
“We would like to thank Congressman David Cicilline for his continued support and allocation of funds to support this program,” said Mayor DaSilva. “This is an initiative that will benefit our residents to better position them in the workplace.
“Roger Williams University is proud to be part of this innovative partnership providing upskilling and retraining opportunities to build a stronger, highly skilled workforce for the city and the citizens of East Providence. We have worked closely with the City of East Providence to develop personalized educational pathways that meet community needs and help East Providence residents start a new profession or advance their careers,” said RWU President Miaoulis.
“The University College at RWU is committed to developing a talented workforce that contributes to more vibrant and prosperous communities and the economy of Rhode Island. This partnership with the City of East Providence is a great example of how Roger Williams works with municipalities and the business community to identify skills gaps and design tailored educational programs that meet the needs of the community. industry and support our local communities,” said RWU Dean Gena Bianco.
Congressman Cicilline secured this funding in the omnibus spending bill for fiscal year 2022. This program was one of ten requests for community project funding that the congressman presented to the appropriations committee. every ten projects recommended by the congressman have been funded.