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Students getting prepared for Rhode Island jobs

Posted on August 4, 2016

Technical schools and are busy helping students get the skills needed for Rhode Island jobs.

Through a partnership with General Dynamics Electric Boat, six career and technical schools will be able to offer training to prepare students for careers in marine industries.

“A year ago, Electric Boat began working with the R.I. Department of Education and the R.I. Department of Labor and Training to address its urgent employment needs,” continued Raimondo. “I am pleased that Electric Boat has once again stepped forward to help Rhode Island students. They will support instruction in career-technical centers and schools, provide paid student internships on site, and work with their partners who are seeking qualified workers to offer students jobs at Electric Boat upon graduation.”

“Partnerships between our schools and our business community will play an increasingly important role as we focus on preparing high-school students for challenging careers,” Board of Education Chair Barbara S. Cottam said. “Today’s announcement of the Electric Boat Partnership marks a major step in our efforts to align career-technical education with the needs of businesses, manufacturing, and industry in our state – to the benefit of all.”

“This initiative represents the active roles Rhode Island, local school systems, and industry are taking to build the educated workforce required to compete and succeed in the 21st century,” Electric Boat President Jeffrey S. Geiger said. “Our participation reflects the importance we place on training, education, and development. This program will benefit our company by providing us with the educated and motivated employees we will require in the coming years. They’ll have the skills and tools they’ll need to perform effectively at their jobs, as well as the means to take on future professional opportunities that offer greater challenges and rewards. We applaud Governor Raimondo, RIDE, and the Department of Labor and Training for their foresight in establishing partnerships with businesses like Electric Boat, which will provide Rhode Island students with the opportunity to develop valuable job skills in high school. We’re excited by the promise this program holds for everyone involved, and we look forward to getting started.”

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