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CDL has been providing manufacturing curriculum for the youth of Rhode Island since 2007 and, in our conversations with industry experts; the need is always more employees. The ageing out of the current workforce requires more than filling a certain number of positions; it requires the training of an entire new generation of workers. In this CDL sees two sets of needs; that of the employer and that of the trainers. To sustain the manufacturing field in RI we need a pipeline from middle school to adulthood where we present opportunities for youth to be excited about manufacturing, to train in it, and to enter the work force competent and ready to fill the hundreds of positions that are not currently filled because of a skill gap. There are 41,310 (BLS) manufacturing jobs in RI. A pipeline means we maintain a local economic staple and support the continued professional growth of our residents.
In January 2017, CDL finalized a MOA with Roger Williams University to provide our high school youth with college credit for our Manufacturing Suite. Curriculum was designed by our COO Kevin Cunha, PE and approved by Dr. Dennis Rebelo (Program Director of the Technology, Leadership & Management Degree Asst. Professor of Industrial Technology). Youth can receive credit for Introduction to Mechanical Fabrication, Science Communications, Manufacturing for Change I and II, and Creative Design Engineering.
“By granting college credits for two specific CDL courses, we are jointly blazing a pathway for students to extend their high school experience into a 'what's possible' in college.”
said Dr. Dennis Rebello.
The program is new and exciting frontier for the Center for Dynamic Learning and a landmark partnership for post-secondary and non-profit education.
Since 2012, More than 2,200 middle school youth have been introduced to Manufacturing as a Career Pathway. Targeting interest in manufacturing careers is too late. Youth take advantage of college credit or CTE programs to launch into liberal arts colleges and 4 year degrees. CDL believes that to prevent brain drain from our manufacturing youth we must begin early. As such our manufacturing programming begins in Middle School. In this way we can identify youth who are excited for careers in manufacturing, can take the necessary courses and apprenticeships to leave high school ready to enter the workforce or intentionally enter engineering programs.
Since 2007, CDL has provided career exploration opportunities, internships, and paid work experiences to more than 1,140 high school youth. CDL is proud to be a partner with the Job Development Fund of Cranston and Greater Rhode Island. Each summer we promote career readiness with 6 week summer intensive academic and workforce training program. Past projects have included partnering with the City of Central Falls to restore store fronts on Dexter Street and building a fully functional outdoor classroom space at Hugh Bain Middle School in Cranston.