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Opportunity for Coverage: Jobs for the Future National Expert Explores

“The Rhode Island Advantage” in Workforce Development

    June 20, 2007
  What: Jobs for the Future national expert explores
“The Rhode Island Advantage” in workforce development

When: Thursday, June 21, 8:00 am

Where: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Salon Five, 801 Greenwich Ave., Warwick

Jobs for the Future Senior Vice President Richard Kazis discusses national workforce development trends and explores Rhode Island’s promising economic strategies during his eynote speech at the Governor’s Workforce Board Rhode Island annual meeting Thursday.

Jobs for the Future is a nationally recognized research and public policy advocacy organization. Kazis, who oversees the JFF’s Double the Numbers college recruitment and retention campaign, is a graduate of Harvard College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

In a second presentation, Director of Long-Term Health Care Gail Patry of Quality Partners of Rhode Island will explore how the collaborative Industry Partnership in Health Care can help close skill gaps in the workforce. A hallmark of the Governor’s Workforce Board’s strategy, Industry Partnerships bring together key stakeholders in Rhode Island education, social service and business sectors to brainstorm training and business development solutions for high-growth, high-wage areas such as health care, biotechnology and marine technologies.

Governor Donald L. Carcieri, RI Dept. of Labor and Training Director Adelita Orefice and GWBRI Chairman Joseph MarcAurele will also offer remarks.

About the Governor’s Workforce Board Rhode Island

Since Governor Carcieri established the Governor’s Workforce Board Rhode Island in September 2005, the 17-member board has supported strategies to improve the existing skill base of the Rhode Island workforce and to anticipate the future needs of growing and emerging businesses. In the past 16 months, GWBRI has made more than $11-million worth of strategic investments in Rhode Island that reward collaboration among the state’s employment, education and economic development entities.