Posted by: Providence Chamber of Commerce | May 18, 2011

Cicilline’s Make it in America Block Grant Act of 2011 Could Mean Job Training Dollars

Job training is at the core of every successful economic development strategy.

That’s why we were so pleased to to join Congressman David Cicilline this morning as he announced his Six Point Manufacturing Plan for Rhode Island, including the official introduction of his Make it in America Block Grant Act of 2011 at a press conference held at the former Paramount Cards Company in Pawtucket.

In both my role as Chair of the Providence/Cranston Workforce Investment Board, and head of the Chamber’s Economic Development arm, I often hear Rhode Island manufactures  say one of the biggest challenges they have is finding workers trained to run and troubleshoot their modern machinery.

That’s why it is key is to arm our workforce with today’s skills set and then link them with  local employers. Congressman Cicilline’s legislation is critical in providing opportunities to create more flexible and specific training programs for our state’s manufacturers.

Rhode Island has already created a strong foundation of training programs utilizing Network Rhode Island and our One Stop Centers throughout the state. This legislation provides an opportunity to enhance that system by targeting more federal money for specialized training and key workforce development initiatives.

Click here for more information on the legislation.

We hope this can be a successful economic development tool and look forward to working with the Congressman  in getting it passed.

Janet Raymond, senior vice president of economic development and operations for the Chamber.

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