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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 07-12-2018

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NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | JULY 12-18, 2018 WOONSOCKET 7 WOONSOCKET – The Blackstone Valley will soon host a $4 million Northern Rhode Island Higher Education Center, an initia- tive state officials say will bring job training and provide more educa- tional opportunities for residents in the northern part of the state. Though state officials said they were still finalizing locations for the new center as of Tuesday, a press statement released at the time of Gov. Gina Raimondo's budget signing on June 22 indicated the center is planned to be located in Woonsocket. State officials did not provide details on when the new center will open, or exactly where it will be located, but indicated that more information will be forthcoming in the next few weeks. The center, included as part of the $9.6 billion fiscal year 2019 budget, will be modeled on the Westerly Higher Education Center, according to state officials. The Westerly center, opened in 2017, is a public-private partner- ship that hosts classes offered by CCRI, Rhode Island College, the University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island School of Design and Roger Williams University, and also rents space to companies such as Electric Boat, which uses the venue to offer job training to new hires. Nora Crowley, chief public affairs officer at the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training, said the center is a collaboration of several state and local agencies, including the Department of Labor and Training, the Department of Education, the Commerce Corporation, the Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner, the public institutions of higher education in the state and the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce. The Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner will oversee the programming and operations of the center when it opens. "The center will bring together higher education, business, indus- try and community partners to meet the workforce development needs in northern Rhode Island," she said. "Initially, the center will concen- trate on bridging gaps in education and workforce development in high-demand industries, includ- ing advanced manufacturing, IT, cybersecurity, finance and health- care," she said. Crowley declined to confirm that the center will be in Woonsocket, saying there are a couple of area locations being considered. She said the new center is intended to replicate the success of the Westerly center, which in its inaugural year trained or pro- vided classes to 1,100 people. She said the center will be a hub for adult training and education in the region and address the need for more workforce development beyond a high school education in the state. "Today, 70 percent of jobs in Rhode Island require more edu- cation and training than a high school diploma. It's imperative that we ensure every Rhode Islander has access to the training they need to get a good paying job," she said. State higher education center expected in Woonsocket By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer RHODE ISLAND Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Orthopedic Care • Sports Medicine Worker's Compensation & Rehabilitation Pre & Post Surgery Rehabilitation Intramuscular Manual Therapy (dry needling) $10/Month Gym Program for Discharged Patients 401-356-1447 621 Pound Hill Rd, Suite 101, North Smithfield, RI 02896 Located in Pound Hill Office & Business Park. Next to Wide World of Indoor Sports 617 Elm Street, Woonsocket, RI 401-769-6129 TARDIF FURNITURE 3 showrooms of fine quality Traditional, Contemporary & Country Furniture for less! Power Lift Recliners 505 Old River Road, (Rte. 126), Manville, RI, Open: Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. • Blueberries • Beans • Cucumbers • Squash (Yellow & Green) • Raspberries • Native Lettuce • Scallions & more! Old Orchard Farm And Greenhouse RI NATIVE CORN EBT 25% OFF All Plants Expires 7/20/18 has arrived! Tinctures • Serum • Creams & CBD Edibles Unusual Gifts • Fun Fashions • Energy Crystals Air Plants • Candles • Incense • & Much More Eyebrow Threading* + Henna Art* + Dreadlock Services* Hypnosis* Tarot Readings* + Healing Reiki Sessions* + Mediumship* *By Appointment (401) 421-1010 @Spectrumindia SPECTRUM-INDIA 252 Thayer St., Providence, RI WE BUY CARS Apollo Auto Sales Like New To You Since 1972 Nos Falamos Portugues Se Habla Español 625 BROAD STREET, CUMBERLAND 401-728-8998 • OVER 200 VEHICLES SOLD EACH MONTH… COME SEE WHY! FINANCING AVAILABLE FOR ALL CREDIT SITUATIONS

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