- Associated Press - Sunday, November 20, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island is getting $6 million in federal funding to help train people to work in advanced manufacturing and defense jobs.

The state’s congressional delegation and governor have announced that the governor’s workforce board will receive the federal funding through the America’s Promise Job Driven Grant Program to train as many as 1,000 residents during the next four years.

They say the money will accelerate workforce training for the defense industry in Rhode Island, largely through a strong partnership with U.S. Navy contractor Electric Boat and its suppliers.

The delegation says the program will help boost the number of skilled workers who are ready for high-demand jobs.

Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo says Rhode Island’s advanced industry economy is growing and Rhode Island’s residents are poised to rebuild the state.

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