Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training


Free Training Available Online through netWORKri

June 22, 2009

The netWORKri One-Stop Career Centers are making several online training modules available for free to Rhode Islanders needing short-term skills training. Available training programs include:

  • Numerous Skills Tutor© training offerings for job seekers needing remedial help in mathematics, reading and language arts.

  • Nearly 400 Medcom/Trainex© courses to improve the skills of those seeking employment in the health care industry.

  • More than 5,000 Skill Soft© courses in subject areas such as information technology, desktop computing and business skills.

Skills Tutor© is currently available to netWORKri clients who are interested in pursuing a GED or who test below an 8th-grade level of proficiency. Once participants are assigned individual user names and passwords, not only may they access the system through the computers available at the One Reservoir Ave., Providence and 175 Main St., Pawtucket netWORKri centers, but they may log on from any computer at any location with internet access. Both participating netWORKri centers have trained staff to assist Skills Tutor clients on site. Staff members are also available to offsite users through email and telephone assistance.  Modules include auditory as well as visual cues to assist those with limited language skills. Last month, 66 Providence netWORKri clients logged nearly 1,500 hours collectively on the program, and many improved their performance by several grade levels.

Adults who do not need remedial instruction but do need additional job training can receive up to 90-days of 24/7 unlimited access to a catalog of more than 5,000 Skill Soft©  non-credit classes and nearly 400 Medcom/Trainex©  healthcare-related non-credit classes courses. Like the Skills Tutor© offerings, these courses can be accessed from any computer with an internet connection once a student has received a username and password. These courses are self-directed, and are most appropriate for disciplined students who can work independently and already possess basic computer skills.

Examples of Skill Soft©  desktop computing offerings include QuickBooks, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Access programs. IT course examples include Java 2, C++, Microsoft Sharepoint and Microsoft SQL server training. Business courses cover such topics as Finance & Accounting, Leadership Skills and Project Management.

Medcom/Trainex©  course offerings include but are not limited to Medical Billing and Coding, Patient Safety and Healthcare Management.

Initial registration for Medcom/Trainex©  and Skill Soft©  programs are currently only available through the West Warwick netWORKri, 1330 Main Street. However, the training will be rolled out through a series of customer orientations, which potential students must attend in order to become approved users. These orientations are as follows:

  • Woonsocket netWORKri (219 Pond St.) – July 10, 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.
  • Providence netWORKri – July 31, 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.
  • Pawtucket netWORKri – August 21, 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.

The netWORKri one-stop system offers employment services to both job seekers and area employers throughout the state. Managed and operated by the RI Department of Labor and Training, the netWORKri system has offices in Providence, Pawtucket, West Warwick and Woonsocket, and represents a consortium of partners including Workforce Solutions of Providence/Cranston; the Workforce Partnership of Greater Rhode Island; the RI Dept. of Education; the RI Dept. of Human Services; the RI Dept. of Children, Youth and Families; the RI Dept. of Corrections; the Office of Rehabilitation Services; Goodwill Industries; and SER-Jobs for Progress. For more information on netWORKri, visit www.networkri.org.


About the RI Department of Labor and Training
The RI Department of Labor and Training offers employment services, educational services and economic opportunity to both individuals and employers. DLT protects Rhode Island’s workforce by enforcing labor laws, prevailing wage rates and workplace health and safety standards. The department also provides temporary income support to unemployed and temporarily disabled workers. For more information on the programs and services available to all Rhode Islanders, please call the RI Department of Labor and Training at (401) 462-8000 or visit the web site at www.dlt.ri.gov