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Federal workforce incentive grant goes to R.I.

August 20, 2013

Rep. Jim Langevin (center) checks out reports at a visit to netWORKri in West Warwick last week. Kendra Leigh Miller. Kent County Daily Times.

PROVIDENCE— In order to improve numerous programs run by the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training (RIDLT) and the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE), the U.S. Department of Labor awarded a $670,000 Workforce Investment Act (WIA) incentive grant to Rhode Island.

“In order to continue moving Rhode Island’s economy in the right direction, we need to improve education and training at every level — from early-childhood education right up through our public schools, our colleges and universities, and our adult education and workforce development,” Governor Lincoln Chafee said. “This incentive grant recognizes the outstanding work already under way in Rhode Island and will further enable the Rhode Island Department of Education and the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training to invest in improvements to adult education and workforce training services.”

Because of the high scores received in workforce development programs and adult education classes, the state qualified for the grant for the first time since 1998.

Lara Hart, Communications Director for RIDLT, explained that every year the federal government sets targets for state departments such as RIDLT and RIDE. She said the goals are based on unemployment rates and population.

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