CUMBERLAND, R.I. (AP) — Democratic gubernatorial hopeful and Providence Mayor Angel Taveras (tuh-VEHR'-us) has unveiled a plan to address the "skills gap" that aims to train up to 3,750 workers over four years.
"Training Rhode Island" calls for a specialized curriculum developed by the Community College of Rhode Island and businesses or groups of businesses with similar training needs.
The program would grow from 250 slots at a cost of $400,000 in year one to 2,000 slots at a cost of $2.15 million in year four.
He says there are some 50,000 unemployed Rhode Islanders but 10,000 open positions.
Taveras outlined the plan at Hope Global. The CEO of the textile manufacturer, which plans to double in size over the next five years, says she's looking for skilled workers for a range of positions.