- Associated Press - Thursday, September 10, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The federal government is giving $5 million to a private-public partnership in Rhode Island in hopes of expanding education and training programs.

The Providence Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1JW3JDd ) “Apprenticeship Rhode Island” received the award on Wednesday. The U.S. Department of Labor says more than 45 partnerships nationwide will share $175 million in grants designed to create high-quality training programs and help people get middle-income jobs.

The program seeks to place 1,200 people in the state into new apprenticeships. At least 30 percent of those people would come from underrepresented groups.

Gov. Gina Raimondo says the apprenticeship work that will be done using the grant could be “transformative” and that the training programs are a top priority of her administration.

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