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Getting people back to work
By Jessica David / July 25, 2014 /   Loading Disqus...
On Monday, the New England Institute of Technology officially announced its Shipbuilding and Advanced Manufacturing Institute (SAMI)

Catch up with students and faculty in this video from our Digital Reporter Connie Grosch. 

SAMI is an eight-week training program to help unemployed Rhode islanders connect with jobs in the marine trades and manufacturing industries. The program recruits, screens, and trains individuals for high demand careers in these industries at no cost to participants. SAMI received funding from the U.S. Department of Labor and Rhode Island Governor’s Workforce Board. 

Following Make It Happen RI, the Foundation was pleased to provide a $50,000 grant to help NEIT market and reach potential students. We saw this as an opportunity to link un/under-employed Rhode Islanders with local employers, leverage the training resources of a local institution, and highlight the importance of these industries to our community. 

The results to date have been impressive. Of the 60 students who have participated in the program, 90% have found jobs. NEIT expects to train at least 400 people and is collaborating with General Dynamics/Electric Boat, Senesco Marine, RI Carbide Tool, Guill Tool and Engineering, Swissline Precision, and other partners.

If you or someone you know is interested in SAMI, call (401) 739-5000 x3700. 


Photos: Connie Grosch
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