Ribbon cutting, opening of Westerly Education Center slated for April 28

Ribbon cutting, opening of Westerly Education Center slated for April 28

The Westerly Sun

WESTERLY — The Westerly Education Center will conduct a ceremonial ribbon cutting and offer tours of the facility on April 28 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

U.S. Sens. Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, Gov. Gina Raimondo, and the state’s general treasurer, Seth Magaziner, are expected to attend, along with state Sen. Dennis Algiere, R-Westerly, and state Reps. Sam Azzinaro, and Brian Patrick Kennedy, D-Westerly.

Brenda Dann-Messier, acting commissioner of postsecondary education for the state Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner; Frank Sánchez, Rhode Island College president; and Meghan Hughes, Community College of Rhode Island president, are also expected to attend.

The center opened in January with training for potential manufacturing employees of General Dynamics Electric Boat, the facility’s initial anchor tenant. The curriculum was developed by CCRI in conjunction with Electric Boat.

The 34,500-square foot facility is focused on workforce development. CCRI, Rhode Island College, the University of Rhode Island, and the Rhode Island School of Design are all active at the facility. The $5.1 million center is a public-private partnership that blossomed through the vision and generosity of Charles “Chuck” Royce, the community investor and benefactor. The Royce Family Fund committed about $1.7 million to the center and has assured that an adequate cash flow was available as construction has moved along and other committed donations from the state and private donors become available.

The public is invited to attend the ceremony and take a tour. Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP to beth.bailey@riopc.edu or by calling 401-487-1046.



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