WARWICK, R.I. –
Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training (DLT) Director Scott Jensen
joined Man Up, Inc. CEO/Founder Rhonda Price and leaders from New England
Institute of Technology’s Shipbuilding/Marine and Advanced Manufacturing
Institute (SAMI) to celebrate the Man Up, Inc. participants who have
successfully completed an intensive 300-hour welding training program and received
job offers from local manufacturing companies. On September 20, ten trainees
proudly received their certificates of completion with their family, friends
and network of supporters in attendance.
completed the training as part of Man Up 2 Careers, a partnership between the
Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training’s Real Jobs Rhode Island program,
Man Up, Inc. and New England Institute of Technology. The goal of this
partnership is to provide ex-offenders with pre-vocational and life skills
training, counseling and support to help them build social, financial, career
and legal stability.
Man Up, Inc. provides a broad range of
unique workforce development and higher educational opportunities, resources
and support services to adult men of color, who have not been afforded the
opportunity to aspire to more progressive goals; while simultaneously
addressing the social, financial and legal issues that create barriers to
employment and education.
Since receiving its first planning
grant from Real Jobs Rhode Island in August 2015, Man Up 2 Careers has placed
23 job-seekers into employment. Of the total participants enrolled in the
program over three years, only seven percent (7%) recidivated – a rate
substantially lower than the 31% overall recidivism rate for the Rhode Island
Department of Corrections.
“These outcomes –
81% of participants either placed into employment or actively participating in
training/services and progressing towards employment – are a testament to the
effectiveness of the Real Jobs Man Up 2 Careers program design and case
management of Man Up, Inc.,” said DLT Director Jensen. “The Department of
Labor and Training is proud to partner with NEIT and Man Up, Inc. to train
these workers to use the cutting-edge equipment found on today’s high-tech
manufacturing floors and learn valuable skills that many local manufacturing
Dubois said it best: ‘education and work are the levers to uplift a people.
Work alone will not do it unless inspired by the right ideals and guided by
intelligence. Education must not simply teach work – it must teach
life,’” said Price, CEO/Founder of Man Up, Inc.
Jensen and Rhonda Price at the event were U.S. District Court Judge John J.
McConnell, Jr.; Rhode Island Parole Board Chairwoman Lisa Pisaturo; Department
of Corrections Interdepartmental Project Manager Ken Findlay; Tom Coderre,
Senior Advisor to Governor Gina M. Raimondo; and NEIT Director of Workforce
Development, Grants & Programs Fred Santaniello, who oversees the SAMI
Institute of Technology (NEIT) was pleased to collaborate with Real Jobs RI and
Man Up, Inc. to respond to their unique training requirements,” stated
delivered a customized training program that provided the participants the
opportunity to learn a new skill and secure employment at a competitive wage.
Employers were eager to hire these well-trained individuals, and we are very
pleased with the successful outcome of this program.”
Several of the
nearly 100 SAMI employer partners that have hired Man Up, Inc. program
completers also attended the ceremony and included Amtrol, Rhode Island Carbide
Tool Company and Petroleum Equipment Company.
The ten Man
Up, Inc. participants who received certificates of completion in the NEIT SAMI
welding program include: Kevin Bailey, Jeronimo A. Ramos, Eric Moreno, Joshua
Rosario, Andre Dupree, Rafael Rivera, Carlos Rivera, Sabastian Carle, Bradley
Dawkins and Joshua Luna.