- Associated Press - Friday, August 14, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Three public Rhode Island colleges are partnering with local industry leaders to help train students for jobs in various fields.

The Providence Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1JgnJVZ ) the Community College of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College and the University of Rhode Island were among those awarded $225,000 in Real Jobs Rhode Island planning grants.

Jim Purcel, state commissioner of postsecondary education, announced the partnerships Thursday.

The grants are part of an initiative involving 21 recipients designed to train employees for jobs that employers want to fill.

The partnerships aim to address skills gaps in biotechnology, cybersecurity, banking and insurance, health care, hospitality, IT and manufacturing.

Purcel says the partnership will ensure that potential employees are ready to step into positions and help employers improve productivity.

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Information from: The Providence Journal, https://www.providencejournal.com

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