The RIC Workforce Development Hub
Building skills for a stronger Central Falls and Blackstone Valley Community
The Rhode Island College Workforce Development Hub is working with members of the community and partners in education, government, healthcare and industry to build skills to empower Rhode Island’s workforce by creating an economic, educational and health-centered engine for the citizens Central Falls and the Blackstone Valley community.
Our goals are to:
- Advance Rhode Island College’s mission to serve the greater RI community
- Create an opportunity for our partners to build a multilingual, health-centered and culturally competent workforce
- Provide job training, career and college opportunities in high-demand areas for residents located in and near a traditionally underserved urban center in RI in high-demand areas
- Support and complement adult education and workforce development initiatives, programming and partnerships supported by the Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner as well as other adult education and workforce development initiatives in the region
- Increase experiential learning and research opportunities for RIC students and faculty
934 Dexter Street
Central Falls, RI 02863
Phone: (401) 868-3003
The Rhode Island College Workforce Development Hub is open 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and on Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. We will open on Saturdays and Sundays by request. We are closed on major holidays.
Class cancellations are posted on the website, on our Twitter and Facebook pages, and via the news media.
History of The Hub
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
- Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner
- Progreso Latino
- Skills for Rhode Island’s Future
- Social Enterprise Greenhouse
- Blackstone Valley Community Health Center