8/13/21: Per Executive Order, all persons entering Westerly Education Center must wear a face mask. 

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. 


Maritime Pipefitting, Sheetmetal and Electrical training

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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 www.gdeb.com. If you need assistance applying, please call the Electric Boat employment office at 401-268-2400.


CNA Training

The free course will include CNA training; testing and licensing; textbook; CPR training; RI state certificate upson successful completion; a blood pressure cuff; a stethoscope; support services; job shadowing; and job placement assistance. All courses will be held at Westerly Education Center.

Jump start your career in taking care of others. You'll learn all the core competencies needed for successful practice and the licensure exam. Plus, many of the long-term care businesses will be hiring CNAs directly from this cohort. 

The program is made possible by Real Jobs Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Long-Term Care Industry Partnership, and Healthcentric Advisors with its partners CCRI and Westerly Education Center. 


Process Technology NOW ENROLLING

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 testing, medical research, brewing, consumer product and food manufacturing.

If you are interested in this career training with preferred hiring status, contact Duncan at Skills for Rhode Island's Future at 401-680-5974 or email him at dermer@skillsforri.com.


Customer Service, Call Center Basics, Banking, Cash Handling, Sales 

This is a 10-week free training provided by Connecting for Children & Families, CCRI Division of Workforce Partnerships, Roger Williams University School of Continuing Studies and Rhode Island College Office of Continuing Studies and Professional Education, and is perfect for anyone interested in working entry-level in sales, customer service and banking. Participants will learn the components of a banking portfolio, basics of bank telling, handling cash transactions, understanding borrowing and financial assets, communications skills in person and via telephone, sales strategies, customer relationship management, and more.

NRI Career Academy is coordinating the course and providing assistance with transportation, child care, and job placement needs for the participants as well as serving as liaison between the class and Rhode Island employers. A financial incentive of $1,000 is available for students who successfully complete the course.

CCF’s Workforce Development Program offers education and skill development to students seeking good jobs and enhanding their career paths. Job training, professional development, and ongoing workforce development classes are offered for high demand, high growth industries such as financial services (banking, call centers, bookkeeping), healthcare and food services. English as a Second Language classes are offered to improve participants’ language skills as a key step to enhancing employability. In addition to group classes, CCF provides individualized employment coaching and counseling, job search and interviewing techniques, resume writing, and career planning services.


OSHA 10 Training (General Industry) 

In the span of three evenings, the OSHA 10 training will focus on promoting workplace safety and healthy working practices for the manufacturing industry. This training will provide the basics of OSHA guidelines to better the safety of the working environment by recognition, avoidance, abatement, and prevention of workplace hazards. The following topics will be covered during this training:

  • Understanding the importance of OSHA in providing a safe and healthy workplace.
  • Apply OSHA regulations to the workplace to better the working environment.
  • Identify safe work practices, elements of the Hazard Communication Standard, bloodborne pathogens and common symptoms, hazardous energy sources, and confined spaces.  


Teacher Assistant Training

Working as a teacher assistant in kindergarten-to-grade 12 classrooms full-time, part-time, or as a substitute teacher assistant requires training. A teaching assistant, teacher's aide, or education assistant is an individual who assists a teacher with instructional and classroom responsibilities. CCRI will be offering its teacher assistant training in Westerly for 6.5 weeks. Topics are:

  • roles and responsibilties of the teacher assistant
  • human development
  • diversity
  • special education
  • basic rights
  • school health and safety
  • instructional process
  • school laws
  • computer and technology skills
  • positive classroom climate
  • team-building

The certificate is recognized by the Rhode island Department of Education, and the course is free for persons who meet eligibility requirements. Proof of income is required, as is a BCI. If you are a Rhode Island resident with a high school diploma or GED and interested in this career path, contact us about enrolling by calling 401-584-4931 or emailing faith.hanson@riopc.edu


Water Treatment & Distribution Operators Levels 1 and 2 

This free, 10-week course that meets once per week is vital for anyone working in the water treatment, water purification, water quality, wastewater treatment and related industries. The training will prepare candidates to successfully complete the state treatment and distribution exams of the Rhode Island Department of Health. Curriculum topics include:  

  • Water Treatment Process
  • Water Operator Math (treatment and distribution)
  • Aeration, Coagulation, Floculation
  • Sedimentation Basins, Clarifiers
  • Iron and Manganese, Filtration
  • Security, Compliance, Ethics and Administrative
  • Corrosion Control, Scaling, Lime Softening
  • Water Quality: Disinfection, Flouridation, Chlorination
  • Water Storage and Water Services
  • Water Quality Testing
  • Water Main Install and Rehab
  • Pumps: Centrifugal Pumps, Vertical Turbine, Submersible, Deep-well
  • Hydrants: Proper Operation, Hydrant Design
  • Meters: Meter Types and Operating Principles; Meter Sizing and Installation
  • OSHA 10 Certification

Treatment and Distribution exams will be administered through RIDOH at the end of the course. 

The start date of the next course is pending. If you are interested in enrolling, contact Tom Pearce at tom.pearce@riopc.edu. 


Marine Trades & Composites Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program

Rhode Island is known around the world as a state with a high concentration of boating and composites companies. Composite materials such as fiberglass and carbon-fiber are used to build a wide range of structures in many industries — from architecture to recreational sports to wind-energy structures.

Rhode Island Marine Trades Association (RIMTA) prepares students for boatyard work with a three-week, hands-on training in a wide range of areas including carpentry, welding, painting, forklift operation, marine systems, safety and other areas, as well as on-the-job experience in a short-term internship. This program is geared to individuals looking to gain the skills needed for entry-level positions in the marine and composites industries.
Tuition is free and funded through Real Jobs Rhode Island.