NE Tech launches shipbuilding program

WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — New England Institute of Technology will soon be training future shipbuilders.

Through a series of grants from the U.S. Department of Labor, Governor’s Workforce Board, and the Rhode Island Foundation, the school has launched a Shipbuiliding/Marine and Advanced Manufacturing Institute (SAMI). It will help prepare job-seekers for careers in these specialized industries. Students at SAMI will be trained to be welders and machinists.

“It’s a terrific example of how Rhode Island’s private educational institutions of higher education can help the state in its effort for economic development,” New England Tech President Dr. Richard Gouse told Eyewitness News. “New England Tech is going to train those employees with those specific skills for Electric Boat. So from that point of view, it’s a win for everybody and an important thing for Rhode Island.”

Earlier this year, the Navy signed a $17.6 billion contract with General Dynamic to build ten Virginia-class submarines.

“With the Department of Defense contract that was awarded this spring, we know that there will be more job opportunities to help build submarines at Quonset.  We need to make sure that the Rhode Island workforce is ready to fill those jobs,” said Sen. Jack Reed.

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