Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training


netWORKri to reopen in Wakefield

October 6, 2010

At 8 a.m. on Tuesday, October 12, a netWORKri One-Stop Career Center reopens at 4808 Tower Hill Road, Stedman Government Center, Wakefield. Office hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The netWORKri center offers free job matching services, reemployment workshops, skills assessments and career counseling. Self-service job search tools and training modules are available through the center’s 10 computer stations, and customers may use the center’s free fax and telephone services to conduct job searching activities.

Wakefield brings the number of netWORKri centers currently operated by the RI Department of Labor and Training to five. A netWORKri One-Stop Career Center had previously operated in the Stedman Government Center from 2000 to 2007, at which time it closed due to insufficient funding.

The reopening of the Wakefield center is made possible in large part by funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Director of Labor and Training Sandra M. Powell explains that while this latest round of ARRA funding runs only through June 30, 2011, other funding streams may be used in the future to support a longer-term netWORKri presence in Wakefield.

“We are the Department of Labor and Training believe that the state’s economic recovery is strongly connected to the skill level of Rhode Island’s workforce,” says Powell. “Our mission in reopening the Wakefield office, then, is to help South County job seekers match their skills with current job openings, and build the skills they need to secure future employment.”

One way the director hopes to assist customers with their job searches is by improving their computer skills. “Computer literacy is critical in the 21st century marketplace,” says Powell. “Computers form the hub of modern communication, from email to the World Wide Web to online job boards and social media. Job seekers must know how to communicate online in order to network with colleagues, to research industries, and to search and apply for employment.” 

Powell adds that many Rhode Islanders who have not sought employment in the last decade are surprised and sometimes intimidated by the many aspects of the jobs search process that have migrated to the Web. “We want to make sure these job seekers have the computer skills they need to navigate the internet and uncover the best opportunities available,” she says. To help boost the computer skills of South County job seekers, the Wakefield netWORKri center is offering free Computer Basics workshops every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 to 11 a.m.

Additional workshops available at the Wakefield office include résumé-writingevery Wednesday morning and interviewing skills every Thursday morning. On Tuesday mornings, job seekers who need to improve their skills in order to fine suitable employment may choose to attend a Workforce Investment Act training orientation, where they may learn how to apply for up to $5,500 in free short-term training in approved programs that prepare them for Rhode Island high-growth occupations.

Preregistration for all workshops is required by calling 401-782-4362.

Other netWORKri One-Stop Centers managed by the Department of Labor and Training are located in Pawtucket, Providence, West Warwick and Woonsocket. For directions and event calendars, visit www.networkri.org.

Partner sin the netWORKri One-Stop Career System include 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 Elderly Affairs; 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.


The RI Department of Labor and Training offers employment services, educational services and economic opportunity to both individuals and employers. DLT protects Rhode Islandís 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.