Press Release: Cicilline, Local Leaders Announce $350K Federal Investment in East Providence Workforce Training Program

June 29, 2022
Jennifer Bell,, 202-365-0827

Cicilline, Local Leaders Announce $350K Federal Investment in East Providence Workforce Training Program

EAST PROVIDENCE – Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) today announced $350,000 in federal funding for the East Providence Workforce Training Program. He was joined by Mayor Bob DaSilva, Roger Williams University (RWU) President Ioannis Miaoulis, RWU Dean of University College Gena Bianco, State Representatives Katherine Kazarian, Gregg Amore, and Brianna Henries, City Council Vice President Bob Roderick, and East Providence School District Superintendent Dr. Sandra Forand.
Secured through the targeted funding known as Community Project Funding in the government spending bill for Fiscal Year 2022, this funding will support workforce and professional development opportunities for approximately 530 low-to-moderate-income East Providence adults. Program participants will enroll in certification coursework through RWUC, which is geared towards improving employment opportunities by cultivating industry-specific, computer, and leadership skills. The program will offer coursework in Microsoft Office, social media marketing, business office technology, program management, and medical office specialist training.
“While Rhode Island has regained nearly 90% of the jobs lost during the pandemic shutdowns, supply chain challenges and an increasingly online economy have made it difficult for too many Rhode Islanders to find good-paying jobs,” said Congressman Cicilline. “The free coursework and certifications offered through the East Providence Workforce Training Program will help impacted workers upskill, helping them to find and qualify for better jobs and higher earnings for themselves and their families.”
“We would like to thank Congressman David Cicilline for his continued support and allocating the funds to support this program,” said Mayor DaSilva. “This is an initiative that will benefit our residents to better position them in the workplace."
“Roger Williams University is proud to be part of this innovative partnership providing upskilling and reskilling opportunities to build a stronger and highly skilled workforce for the city and citizens of East Providence. We worked closely with the City of East Providence to develop customized and personalized educational pathways that support the needs of the community and help East Providence residents start a new profession or advance their careers,” said RWU President Miaoulis.
“University College at RWU is committed to developing a talented workforce that contributes to more vibrant, and successful communities and the economy for Rhode Island. This partnership with the City of East Providence is a great example of the way Roger Williams works with municipalities and the business community to identify skills gaps and design tailored educational programs that meet industry needs and support our local communities,” said RWU Dean Gena Bianco.
Congressman Cicilline secured this funding in the omnibus spending bill for Fiscal Year 2022. This program was one of the ten community project funding requests that the Congressman made to the Appropriations Committee. All ten of the Congressman’s recommended projects were funded.