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About the Workforce Development HubThe Hub Workforce Development Building

The foundation for the work being planned for the Hub started with the establishment of the Parent College program, part of the CF/RIC Innovation Lab, a unique initiative that provided educational opportunities to parents, family members and caregivers from Central Falls. By offering families a variety of classes and workshops, free childcare and a nutritious meal for all participants and children, The Parent College brought the community together, promoted additional growth and development, and positively contributed to children’s academic and social-emotional success. To date, this initiative has served over 200 families living in Central Falls with a waiting list of adults interested in accessing daytime programming.

In 2018, Rhode Island College President Frank D. Sánchez convened a group of business, educational, healthcare and governmental leaders to form the Central Falls/Rhode Island College Collective working toward a shared vision to create an economic, educational and health-centered engine for the residents of Central Falls and the Blackstone Valley community.

The City of Central Falls submitted a grant (in partnership with Rhode Island College) to RI Housing and was approved for funding for 934 Dexter Street; a 22,000 square foot facility on .9 acres of land.

Our partners include representatives from each of the following organizations:

  • City of Central Falls
  • Central Falls School District
  • Progreso Latino
  • Skills for Rhode Island’s Future
  • Social Enterprise Greenhouse
  • Blackstone Valley Community Health Center

Page last updated: January 29, 2020