RI getting $670K training, adult education grant

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island’s labor and education departments are sharing $670,000 in federal funding to support workforce development and adult education.

Gov. Lincoln Chafee on Monday announced the Workforce Investment Act grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.

The state Department of Labor and Training will use its half of the money to purchase data analytics technology to help track the progress of employment programs and analyze workforce development trends.

The state Department of Education will use its portion to implement new technology in adult education classrooms.

Fifteen states were eligible to apply for the incentive grants. States were selected based on their performance in several areas, including employment after training, employee retention and improvements in literacy.

This is the first year Rhode Island has been eligible to apply.

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