New England Tech has just added a new program to address the shortage of skilled workers in Rhode Island’s shipbuilding and marine manufacturing job market.
The Shipbuilding/Marine and Advanced Manufacturing Institute, also known as SAMI, was launched on Monday at a special ceremony. New England Tech students will be trained for welding and machinist jobs through the new program.
“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,” said New England Tech President Dr. Richard Gouse. “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.”
The institute is being funded through grants from the RI Department of Labor, the Governor’s Workforce Board of Rhode Island, and the Rhode Island Foundation.