Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training


$625,000 Grant Awarded to Assist Displaced Workers
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July 7, 2004

CRANSTON – The Department of Labor and Training has been awarded a National Emergency Grant (NEG) of $625,000 from the U.S. Department of Labor to support Rhode Islanders who will lose their jobs because of layoffs or company closings. Director Adelita S. Orefice said, “This grant represents significant support for Rhode Island. These funds will go a long way toward helping us to get people back to work.”

National Emergency Grants are discretionary funds, which are used for the retraining and reemployment of dislocated workers. Nearly 660 workers from four companies have already lost or will lose their jobs by August 2004, including Cranston Logistics LLC and Swarovski North America in Cranston, Boston Financial Corporation in Providence, and Sun Life Financial in Lincoln. It is anticipated that 150 of these workers will make use of the services available at the Department of Labor and Training’s netWORKri Career Centers, including job search assistance, skills assessment, training, and employment counseling. The Department was awarded a combined $420,000 in NEGs for our customers in 2003.

There are six netWORKri Career Centers across the state ready to assist any job seeker, whether the goal is a first job, a better job, or a career change. Customers can access a resource library, personal computers, the Internet, fax and copy machines at no charge to help in their job search or participate in peer support groups and networking sessions. For more information, call 1-888-616-JOBS or visit www.netWORKri.org.

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