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Working on solutions to the skills gap
By Jessica David / October 31, 2016 /   Loading Disqus...
Each weekday, about a dozen hopeful men and women gather in a classroom at the Genesis Center. They're eager to pick up skills that will prepare them for employment and lay the foundation for a satisfying career.

Genesis funds its work preparing low-income Rhode Islanders for success in the workforce with the help of our $49,000 grant. The Providence nonprofit has a 3-part strategy to expand its existing basic education program, which is a hybrid in-person and online system for adults working to improve their education.

"We'll increase education and training services that provide a 'bridge' to help unemployed and underemployed Rhode Islanders overcome the skills gap. Participants in our adult education and job training programs will now have access to a program designed to help them progress toward their goal of finding a better job in a career pathway," says Genesis President and CEO Shannon Carroll.

Participants will have access to a qualified instructor as well as online learning tools and industry-recognized certificates. It will also expand contextualized basic education opportunities for participants in the center's job training programs to build critical thinking skills and develop the math and literacy necessary for success in employment and continued education. The initiative includes goals for sharing the center's learning with other adult education and workforce development service providers.

"Our Bridge class provides resources and guidance to adults who are working to achieve economic independence. Now we can broaden the services available to learners and become the place where the will to achieve meets the skill to succeed," says Carroll. Founded 34 years ago, Genesis serves more than 800 adults and children with adult education, job training, support services and early learning programs.
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