CCRI hires Dr. Cap Frank to direct $3.4M federal grant
Feb. 1, 2012
Community College of Rhode Island President Ray Di Pasquale announced today that Dr. Cap Frank has joined its Center for Workforce and Community Education as the program director for the Pathways to Advance Career Education grant the U.S. Department of Labor awarded the college last fall.
The three-year $3.4 million federal grant, the largest in CCRI history, will produce pathways to career ladder jobs in the expanding industries of health care and information technology for trade-eligible displaced workers, military veterans and other unemployed or underemployed Rhode Island workers.
CCRI was one of 33 community colleges in the country to receive these funds in the Department of Labor’s effort to better coordinate workers’ abilities with the skills employers demand. As program director, Frank will lead a team of industry partners, curriculum developers, advisers, data managers, instructors, coaches and evaluators during the grant’s term through Sept. 30, 2014.
A key design feature of this grant program is an “earn and learn” model to more closely link the classroom to practical hands-on experiences in the workplace. Of equal importance, advisers and coaches will work with participants to reduce identified barriers to successful program completion and long-term job retention.
Frank has an extensive background in managing federal grants and training projects in Washington, D.C., and Rhode Island. He managed the team that redesigned the high-profile anti-terrorist training program for the U.S. Department of State Office of Diplomatic Security; the computerization of the U.S. Navy Medical Education Command’s combat and shipboard physician and surgeon training curriculum; and the U.S. General Accounting Office’s full performance auditor and evaluator training curriculum.
He also led the development of the FBI Executive Decision-Making System, FDIC’s bank examiner training and the National Institutes of Health’s online patent and copyright registration portal. He was also a federal webmaster and contracting officer’s technical representative. For two years, Frank published the best business practices of the winners of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.
Frank’s adult education work began in a pre-vocational education school co-based both in a basement of the old Brown & Sharpe foundry in Providence with classes made up of textile, jewelry, shoe and rubber factory workers displaced by foreign competition – especially those residents of Woonsocket, Central Falls and other Blackstone River Valley communities – and inside maximum security at the Adult Correctional Institutions in Cranston, with classes filled with inmates nearing the completion of their prison terms. This state/federal partnership program closely resembles the program Frank has been hired to direct at CCRI.
Frank also was assistant executive director for Washington County’s Community Action for New Endeavors, now known as the South County Community Action Program, executive director of Accountants for the Public Interest of Rhode Island, Rhode Island Commission for National and Community Service grants officer, New York City staff photographer for the United Farm Workers of America AFL-CIO and chaired Rhode Island’s United Way member agency evaluation committee.
Frank earned both his bachelor’s degree in accounting and master’s degree in adult education and counseling from the University of Rhode Island and his doctorate in program evaluation and public administration from Cornell University. A Narragansett resident, raised in Cranston, Frank came of age in his family’s South Providence jewelry vacuum plating factory and had planned on a career as a machinist or tool and die maker.
Di Pasquale applauded the work of the 20-member search committee, composed of CCRI faculty members from health and information technology fields, adult education staff members, academic deans and administrators; grant stakeholders; industry partners; and the state Department of Labor and Training.
“Cap Frank is an excellent choice to direct this new program and we were thrilled to bring someone with his extensive experience on board,” Di Pasquale said. “He and his team will work with the Governor’s Workforce Board’s industry partners in the health care and IT areas to develop stackable, industry-recognized credentials that will move individuals back into the work force faster and into fields that we know are growing based on labor market information.”
Frank anticipated that the first cohort of program participants could begin in late spring or early summer and emphasized that he welcomes participation from all corners of the Ocean State.
“What is exciting about this program is it truly has a statewide focus,” Frank said. “It is geared toward the rural as much as the suburban and urban unemployed.”
Participants who qualify for the program will be recruited through the advising and counseling process at the community college, at NetworkRI job centers and through CCRI’s collaborations with community-based organizations. Evening and weekend class schedules are envisioned to make the program accessible and convenient. In the coming months, Frank and his team also will work to develop experiential learning opportunities in the field for participants.