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Warwick – U.S. Senators Jack Reed joined, Governor Gina Raimondo U.S. Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin, state and community leaders
at the grand opening of the new Marine Trades, Shipfitting and Welding Program at the Warwick Area Career
and Technical Center (WACTC). The new training being offered will build on the
Warwick Marine Trades Career and Technical Education (CTE) program and will provide
additional occupation-specific training to help students transition from school to
career and/or post-secondary education. The event will also showcase five new,
state-of-the-art welding booths paid for with local, state, and federal funds to
help students train for various careers. A member of the Appropriations Committee,
Senator Reed has worked for years to support employment training programs in Rhode
Island, and has been instrumental in delivering funds for programs such as Real Jobs
RI, a demand-driven initiative that puts employers at the center of the state’s
workforce development efforts. In 2014, he helped deliver a $2.5 million grant
through the U.S. Department of Labor to help the New England Institute of Technology
(NEIT) in Rhode Island provide students with training in the shipbuilding, marine
trades, and advanced manufacturing industries.
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Governor Gina Raimondo
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Senator Sheldon Whitehouse
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Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian
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Senator Jack Reed
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Congressman Jim Langevin
I was glad to join Warwick educators and my colleagues in government yesterday for the official opening of the Warwick Marine Trades Career and Technical Education Program. The training available through the program will foster and support a highly-skilled workforce, which will serve as the foundation for growth not only at General Dynamics Electric Boat, but at companies throughout the Ocean State. Students will graduate with the skills they need to work in an array of good-paying maritime and defense industry careers, opening up new opportunities for young people and putting them on an early path to success.

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