EAST GREENWICH â€” The jobs are there. Rhode Islanders with the necessary skills aren't.
U.S. Rep. James Langevin (D-R.I., 2nd District) and two local business leaders brought that message to New England Institute of Technology Monday as they promoted President Barack Obama's latest job initiative, to provide two million people with training leading directly to new jobs.
â€śI was pleased that the president challenged our country to close the skills gap,â€ť said Langevin, who brought Erin Flynn, NEIT's director of admissions outreach, to Washington, D.C., last week as his guest for Obama's State of the Union address.
â€śBut I'm disappointed when I hear we hire people but struggle to find Rhode Islanders to fill those jobs,â€ť Langevin said.
For more on the story, check out the Feb. 2 edition of the East Greenwich Pendulum.