Cranston, RI — The Governor’s Workforce Board (GWB) announced today they will fund all six Real Pathways RI proposals received this year, reducing the adult education waiting lists by 25 percent. The sister program to Real Jobs Rhode Island, Real Pathways RI is a workforce development initiative designed to address employment challenges of individuals with barriers to employment. Real Pathways connects with service providers across the state to offer a range of education and training solutions to adult learners.
An estimated 1,300 to 2,000 Rhode Islanders are currently on waiting lists for adult education. Adult learners actively seek to improve their skills and education level through high school equivalency preparation, English language acquisition, or job training, but are unable to do so.
The Governor’s Workforce Board has prioritized reducing the waiting list in the past, and made additional resources available for the express purpose of reducing waiting lists for adult education services. Approximately 550 Rhode Islanders will come off the waitlist and receive services. An additional 250 new individuals will avoid the waiting list through better triage and referral services. Services include obtaining GEDs, learning English, mastering digital literacy, and more.
Four partnerships, including Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island, Genesis Center, Institute for Labor Studies, and Progreso Latino, will use funds to increase class space and capacity, and one partnership will use “preventative measures” to engage new waiting lists entrants immediately to better understand their needs and refer them to more appropriate and available services when necessary.
Investment builds on Real Pathways RI First Quarter Success: To date, the Real Pathways program employs 47 Rhode Islanders. Individuals earn $29,256 in average wages through popular industries including culinary, logistics, and healthcare. Twenty-eight Rhode Islanders earned industry credentials through industries including OSHA safety, Lead Treatment, CPR, and TIPS. The investment builds on Real Pathways program targets, which projected 487 Rhode Islanders employed, 397 industry credentials obtained, and 297 academic credentials earned.