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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 09-05-2019

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | SEPTEMBER 5-11, 2019 IN OUR SCHOOLS 17 LINCOLN – Though it looks rather unassuming from the exte- rior, a new world of possibility rests behind garage door number nine at the William M. Davies Career and Technical High School in Lincoln. When the door opened during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the school last week, public officials and mem- bers of the school community got a first glimpse of the school's new, state-of-the-art Center for Advanced Manufacturing. The $3.65 million addition to the campus was made possible with fund- ing from the Rhode Island Capital Plan Fund. "It's investments such as these that are the reason why Davies continues to lead the pack in preparing students for high-wage, high-demand careers in advanced manufacturing, thereby strengthening the Rhode Island econ- omy," said Davies Director Adam Flynn-Tabloff, adding that the addition would not be possible without invest- ments from the governor, General Assembly and the school's board of trustees. The 8,000-square-foot space includes high-tech machinery, updated equip- ment and the "best technology and tools available" for students in four of the school's programs: electrical and renewable energy, bio-manufacturing technology, machine technology and pre-engineering technology. It's outfitted with large machinery, 3D printers, band saws and weld- ing machines, a state-of-the-art clean room, updated equipment and more. "I get excited just smelling the oil," joked Dave Chenevert, executive director of the R.I. Manufacturers Association. Speaking on behalf of Gov. Gina Raimondo, Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor said the Center for Advanced Manufacturing would con- tinue to help stimulate R.I.'s strong manufacturing industry. "Manufacturing is strong in our state and we are investing in the workforce to ensure that these manufacturing jobs in the future have this workforce pipeline," he said. "We're so thrilled that Davies is the fine educational institution that it is and that we have the opportunity to strengthen it further in manufacturing and all other disci- plines to ensure it succeeds." Senate President Dominick Ruggerio, who called Davies one of the state's best-kept secrets, said, "Rhode Island was the manufacturing center of the world, and I don't see why we can't go back to that." "Behind these doors, we tap into our state's biggest potential, which is people," said Department of Labor & Training Director Scott Jensen, who said Davies is always cited as the gold standard for teaching the next genera- tion of manufacturers. "Technical schools and the things they do are so important," said Rep. Marvin Abney. "In these schools they learn how to come to work on time, how to dress, give and take orders ... all of that makes a difference when you're trying to take a young person and inaugu- rate them into our society with good- paying jobs." "Our goals are informed by the work happening here," said Stephen Osborn, the Rhode Island Department of Education's chief for innovation. Davies serves students from North Providence, Pawtucket, Lincoln, Smithfield, Providence and Central Falls. Davies expands with Center for Advanced Manufacturing By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer BREEZE PHOTO BY NICOLE DOTZENROD The William M. Davies Career and Technical High School unveiled its $3.65 million CENTER FOR ADVANCED MANUFACTURING last week. Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor are welcome from readers. Please: • Limit to 500 words. Longer letters may appear online only. • Letters on local or state topics and issues will take precedence over those on national issues. • No more than one letter per person every 8 weeks, please. • All letters must be signed and include a hometown. Send by e-mail to:, or mail to The Valley Breeze, 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Suite 204, Lincoln, RI 02865. St. Michael Church, Woonsocket, RI Annual Ukrainian Festival Sunday, September 8th, 2019 • 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free parking and admission 74 Harris Ave., Woonsocket, RI For info. call 401-762-3939 • Traditional, Homemade Ukrainian Foods & Pastries Children's Entertainment Free Balloon Art for Kids begins at 1:00 p.m. Moonbounce, Penny Social, Baba's Attic, Music by "Polka" Paul Belanger, host of the Polka Paul Show on WNRI Consumers Propane 762-5461 BOUSQUET OIL 769-0146 139 HAMLET AVE. WOONSOCKET, RI 02895-0628 SERVICE – SALES – INSTALLATION OF GAS & OIL HEATING EQUIPMENT • Boilers • Furnaces • Hot Water Heaters WWW.CONSUMERSPROPANE.COM WE FILL GAS GRILL TANKS

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