Tech Collective Part of $7.5M Federal Workforce Grant

Just Announced:

On Tuesday, October 14, 2014, U.S. Senator Jack Reed announced Rhode Island has received $7.5 million in Ready to Work Partnership federal funding to address the state's unemployment and workforce needs. The funds have been awarded to Workforce Solutions of Providence/Cranston and the Workforce Partnership of Greater Rhode Island, which will work with Tech Collective to deliver programs and services to develop Rhode Island's IT workforce pipeline. Funding comes from federal H1-B Visa program revenues.

From Tech Collective Executive Director, Kathie Shields:

“Tech Collective is proud to be working with Workforce Solutions of Providence/Cranston and the Workforce Partnership of Greater Rhode Island on the recently announced $7.5-million Ready to Work Partnership federal grant. Programs and services will focus on developing the workforce pipeline for Rhode Island’s information technology industry, which currently employs 13,500 professionals and growing. This funding will not only benefit Rhode Island’s unemployed, but our companies across all industries, our economy, and our communities. We look forward to getting these activities underway and delivering tangible, impactful results for Rhode Island.”

Learn More: 

Ready to Work Partnership Grant Overview  - audience, programs, services, more information for unemployed, under-employed, and employers

Warwick Beacon - 1/6/15 - Officials celebrate grant to prepare RI workers for high-tech jobs

WPRO 630am - 12/15/14 - Federal grant to train 350 workers for high tech jobs in RI

WPRI 12- 12/15/14 - Grant aims to transform unemployed into high-tech workers

Providence Journal - 12/15/14 - Officials celebrate $7.5 million federal grant to train out-of-work Rhode Islands

Press Conference - 12/15/14 - Officials Outline Plans to Prepare RI Workers for High-Level Jobs  

Providence Business News - 12/12/14 - Officials to celebrate $7.5M grant to help jobless train for IT jobs

Sen. Reed Press Release - 10/14/14 - Reed Announces $7.5 Million Ready to Work Partnership grant for RI 

Providence Journal - 10/14/14 - R.I. awarded $7.5 million to help the long-term jobless

Providence Business News - 10/15/14 - R.I. receives $7.5M grant to help long-term unemployed find jobs

US DOLReady to Work

Tech Collective - Jan. 2014 - "Why IT Works" Rhode Island IT Skills Gap Study
 

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