Reed and Fogarty to visit RIC to discuss Workforce Investment

U.S. Sen. Reed aims to restore critical job-training funds to help better match job training, needs of employers.

Sen. Jack Reed
On Monday, Dec. 12, at 10:30 a.m., U.S. Sen. Jack Reed and Director for the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training Charles Fogarty will join Rhode Island College President Nancy Carriuolo to discuss critical workforce training programs.

Reed and Fogarty will visit the Rhode Island College Outreach Program and meet with TRAMA students (Training Responsible Adults as Medical Assistants) who are preparing for new careers in the fast-growing health industry.

Although there are jobs available in Rhode Island, business leaders often find it difficult to prepare and match qualified individuals with openings. Training programs funded by the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) help fill the gap. Eligible job seekers may qualify for up to $5,500 in free WIA-approved short-term training in high-growth industries.

Over the last three years, Senator Reed has successfully supported over $40 million dollars in WIA funding to help more Rhode Islanders get the job skills they need to move from unemployment rolls onto payrolls.

Last year, Rhode Island programs funded by the Workforce Investment Act trained more than 2,200 job seekers in high-demand occupations, and also funded intensive job counseling services, youth workforce development and other innovative programs, including contextualized training that combines adult literacy with occupational skills training.

Charles Fogarty
However, potential cuts to the program could mean a loss for critical work development and placement programs throughout the state.

Senator Reed, a member of the Appropriations Committee, is working to restore more than $1 billion to work-force development programs, including the Workforce Investment Act, and develop new and innovative job training strategies to give more Rhode Islanders the opportunity to achieve their career potential and get a good job.

RIC Outreach Program's TRAMA course is a 24-week certificate program that develops skills in medical assisting, front desk procedures, office and computer skills, financial literacy, and oral and written communications. The program also includes a 120-hour internship in a health care setting.

Rhode Island College's job training programs have demonstrated a high success rate in placing program participants in jobs. According to U.S. Department of Labor statistics, medical assistants earn an average annual income of about $30,000.