Westerly job center will offer process technician training

Westerly job center will offer process technician training

Record-Journal

WESTERLY — The Westerly Education Center has received a $394,124 Real Jobs Rhode Island grant to design and implement a jobs training program that will benefit 11 employers, including Pfizer, Amgen, Roger Williams Medical Center, Toray Plastics (America), Rhodes Pharmaceuticals, Grey Sail Brewing, and Kenyon Industries.

“We are grateful to Real Jobs R.I. for this grant, which will boost the employability of many people,” said Amy Grzybowski, executive director of the center. “Thanks to Pfizer, who approached us about the need for process technicians, we gathered a cohort of employers to collectively submit the proposal to provide a boot-camp style training in the basic skills required for ideal candidates.”

Other employers who will benefit from the jobs training program include Eurofins Lancaster Biopharma, Eurofins Spectrum Analytical, and Tedor Pharma. The curriculum will be created and taught by the Community College of Rhode Island faculty with the University of Rhode Island serving as evaluator.

The grant’s other partners include: Skills for Rhode Island’s Future, the Rhode Island Department of Education, Building Futures Rhode Island, the Williams M. Davies Jr. Career & Technical High School, in Lincoln, and Westerly High School.

Glenn Wilcox, a director of manufacturing at Pfizer, started his career as a quality control technician after graduating from CCRI’s chemical technology program with an associate degree in applied science. “These are great jobs with huge potential for the employees,” Wilcox said. “Many opportunities exist for employees to advance within the process technologist position or to a higher wage position with a company. The boot camp will offer practical training so that individuals with no, or little, experience can meet the minimum qualifications to start working as process technologists.”


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