Workforce Training

Westerly Education Center partners with busineses, industry associations, job placement organizations and higher education institutions to offer a variety of courses specific to a career path or new job openings. Some are pre-employment; some are for newly hired employees. Nearly all are free for the participant. The courses change frequently so please check back if you don't see something that meets your needs today. 

Process Technology

Interviews for seats in the first class are underway. This bootcamp-style training will rapidly educate men and women in several of the disciplines used in process technology. The 10-week course, taught by CCRI instructors, will familiarize individuals in chemical processing and government regulations; safety and workplace responsibilities; physical properties and determinations; chemical calculations; handling chemicals; pressure and vacuum; sampling; fluid mechanics and plumbing; computer control and monitoring systems; standard operating procedures; basic electricity; process operations; and soft skills. This job skills training program will combine classroom and hands-on instruction with instrumentation and software. No experience is necessary and a GED or high school diploma is required. Industries needing process technologists in RI and CT include health science, pharmaceutical, materials tewting, medical research, brewing, consumer product and food manufacturing. 

If you are interested in this career path training with preferred hiring status, contact Skills for Rhode Island's Future at 401-680-5960. The course will begin on October 1, 2018. To learn more and enroll, visit on one of the following dates:

September 20, 2:30pm -- Westerly Education Center, 23 Friendship Street, Westerly


Maritime Pipefitting, Sheetmetal and Electrical training

These are 40-hour/week, 5-6 week foundational courses taught by CCRI instructors that mix classroom instruction with hands-on learning. Upon successful completion, students will meet Electric Boat standards for the entry-level skills necessary for modern naval shipbuilding, which includes the construction of 10 Virginia-class submarines. In 2021, Electric Boat will begin construction of its Ohio-Replacement ballistic missile submarines. The contracts propel the need to hire thousands of new employees to fulfill the contractual obligations as well as replace retiring workers. 

No prior experience is required. Positions for these three Electric Boat trades are available in both North Kingstown (RI) and Groton (CT). Hirees for RI are paid during the training period. Candidates for Groton employment are paid a stiped and mileage reimbursement. Employment at either shipyard has 5 conditions: 1)Are you willing to work all shifts? 2)Are you a U.S. citizen? 3)Are you at least 18 years old? 4)Are you able to pass a pre-employment physical including a hair follicle drug test? and 5)Are you able to apply for Department of Defense security clearance? If you answer yes to all of these questions, please apply at If you need assistance applying, please call the Electric Boat employment office at 401-268-2400.