Electric Boat to partner with schools to train future workers

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COVENTRY, R.I. (WPRI) — A new partnership between Rhode Island submarine builder Electric Boat and six local career-technical schools is designed to prepare students for advanced marine industry careers — as the employer hopes to hire about 1,600 new workers in 2020 and 2021.

Electric Boat will open ship-fitting, machining, and manufacturing programs at six sites in the fall of 2016: the Providence Career and Technical Academy, the William M. Davies, Jr. Career and Technical High School in Lincoln, and the school districts of Chariho, Coventry, Cranston and Warwick. Over the next two years, the programs are expected to host a total enrollment of about 180 students.

Governor Gina Raimondo announced the partnership at Coventry High School Thursday morning. The governor’s office said the school has had the highest enrollment in the state in career-technical welding programs, and is set to transition to a new, more advanced program this fall.

Eventually, officials expect about 350 students will graduate every year from marine industry career-technical programs spread throughout Rhode Island.

Right now, Electric Boat’s Quonset Point facility employes 3,500 workers. By the end of the 2020s, the company expects that to grow to 5,500 workers.

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