- Associated Press - Saturday, June 20, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island has been awarded a $5.25 million federal grant to improve its job training programs.

Gov. Gina Raimondo and the congressional delegation announced the grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to support Raimondo’s new “Real Jobs Rhode Island” initiative.

The initiative is a flexible grant program that’s part of Raimondo’s overall strategy to position Rhode Island to grow industry and create jobs that can support a family.

Initial grants of up to $25,000 are available for industry partnerships to determine the specific workforce needs of employers and plan for how to train people to meet those needs.

Additional funding will be allocated for the plans that are approved.

Raimondo says she’s focused on getting Rhode Islanders back to work, and on making Rhode Island more attractive to businesses.

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