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CCRI named a partner in six Real Jobs
Rhode Island planning grants

Aug. 3, 2015

The Community College of Rhode Island is a strategic partner in six of the 21 Real Jobs Rhode Island planning grants though the Department of Labor and Training that Gov. Gina Raimondo announced on Friday in a news conference at Claflin Medical Equipment in Warwick.

Planning grants are the first step in developing a strategic demand-driven workforce development system that meets the needs of Rhode Island's employers and trains Rhode Islanders for the job openings of today and the future.

CCRI is a strategic partner in planning grants in areas from information technology to hospitality to health care to banking and insurance.

"The range of awards we are partnering on represent a diverse set of fields and speaks to CCRI's ability to engage a multitude of industries to help them address skills gaps in the workforce," said President Ray Di Pasquale.

The grants provide seed funding of up to $25,000 to assemble a strategic partnership within a particular industry or region; identify the specific workforce challenges that employers within that particular industry face; identify the training, education, human resource and other solutions that are necessary to address these challenges; and develop a detailed strategic industry workforce training plan to implement those solutions. Grants to implement the training plans will be awarded in November.

The planning grants in which CCRI will be a strategic partner are:

Biomedical Equipment & IT Technician Project
Lead applicant and convener: Claflin Medical Equipment
Grant amount: $25,000
Employers and strategic partners: Claflin Medical Equipment, Claflin Companies, South County Hospital, Year Up, CCRI
Abstract: Employers in the biomedical equipment industry have difficulty finding qualified labor to fill equipment and IT positions. The pool of Rhode Island workers who can meet this demand is insufficient. As a result, these jobs are going to job seekers from out of state; positions stay vacant for long periods of time; companies often need to provide in-house training (which most are unprepared to do); and companies lose money when trainees quit before training is complete. This partnership would create a pipeline of trained technicians to meet the growing needs of Rhode Island employers.

Cyber Security Partnership
Lead applicant and convener: Southeastern New England Defense Industry Alliance (SENEDIA)
Grant amount: $25,000
Employers and strategic partners: Dell SecureWorks, PURVIS Systems, Raytheon, Rite Solutions, SEA Corp, College for America, CCRI, Pell Center, URI, Maritime Cybersecurity Center, Opportunity@Work
Abstract: The Cyber Security Partnership seeks to prepare a workforce training plan to design, develop and implement a ready pool of employees to fill open cyber security positions in Rhode Island's defense and nondefense sectors. The plan will focus on awareness training, competency assessment tools and associated mentoring; short training courses leading to industry certifications; internship programs; and intellectual property to market training. The target populations will include the unemployed and under-employed, high school and college students, and veterans.

CNA Apprenticeship Program
Lead applicant and convener: Stepping UP
Grant Amount: $15,000
Employers and strategic partners: Cherry Hill Manor, Landmark Medical Center, Mount St. Rita Health Center, Rhode Island Hospital, Rhode Island Health Care Association, St. Antoine's Residence, CCRI, HARI, Dorcas International Institute, Genesis Center, Providence Housing Authority, RIC Outreach Programs
Abstract: This partnership seeks to establish a CNA apprenticeship program to upskill certified CNAs and assist them in advancing to higher-wage positions in partnership with health care employers, CCRI, nursing homes and other partners. The result would be the first health care sector apprenticeship in Rhode Island. Employers identified this approach as a critical workforce need.

Rhode Island Food Management Partnership
Lead applicant and convener: Rhode Island Hospitality Association
Grant amount: $25,000
Employers and strategic partners: Chelo's, Chez Pascal, Gregg's Restaurant, Hotel Viking, Lucia Restaurant, McGrath Clambakes, Meritage, Ocean House, Omni Hotel, Packaging & More, Pamfilio's, Panera Bread, Point Judith Country Club, Providence Marriot, Regan Communications, Simone's Restaurant, T's Restaurant, Vanderbilt Grace, Wyndham Garden Providence, Rhode Island Hospitality Education Foundation, National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, American Hotel & Lodging Institute, Hope & Main, Johnson & Wales University, CCRI
Abstract: The Rhode Island Food Management Partnership seeks to develop a leadership training program for mid-level employees. The proposed partnership also will educate employers on best practices in hiring, training and retaining the workforce. The partnership will focus on the "food cluster" economy – where restaurants, agriculture, aquaculture, food manufacturers and regulatory policy come together.

Real Jobs RI – Information Technology Partnership
Lead applicant and convener: Tech Collective
Grant amount: $25,000
Employers and strategic partners: AIPSO, Envision, Innovex, Prov Plan, Rhode Island Foundation, Secure Future Tech Solutions, UNFI, Bryant University, Center for Women & Enterprise, CCRI, Chariho CTE, Coventry CTE, Junior Achievement RI, NEIT, PASA, Rhode Island Adult Education, RIDE, Start Up Community of RI, RI STEM Center at Rhode Island College, SkillsUSA RI, Warwick CTE, WPGRI
Abstract: The Real Jobs RI – Information Technology Partnership seeks to build a partnership in the IT industry, one of the state's high-tech, high-wage industries. The partnership will use an employer-led process to develop a workforce training plan that meets the needs of Rhode Island's IT employers. The process will include focus groups, interviews and surveys to accurately capture industry needs and workforce demand.

Real Jobs Partnership of Northern Rhode Island
Lead Applicant: Connecting for Children & Families – Woonsocket
Convener: Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce
Grant amount: $25,000
Employers and strategic partners: Amica Mutual Insurance Co., Navigant Credit Union, Citizens Bank, CCRI
Abstract: This partnership will focus on detailing the workforce needs of banking and insurance employers in northern Rhode Island, identifying issues related to retention and career advancement and exploring barriers to employment within the region, with particular attention to the unemployed/underemployed residents of Woonsocket and surrounding communities. This industry-led process will initially engage leaders in the financial services sector, higher education, K-12 education, nonprofits and others.

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