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Community College of Rhode Island

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Lynn Watterson
Program Coordinator

Free Career Pathways for the 21st Century Program

This no-cost program offers career exploration and skills improvement for adults interested in training for a career in one of the state's high-demand industry sectors, including health care, hospitality, information technology and more.


The program provides:

  • instruction in math, reading and writing for the workplace.
  • work experiences including job shadows, tours and informational interviews and internships.
  • case management services.
  • career coaching that includes referral to appropriate training, job search strategies, and development of a long-term career and educational plan.

Participants will spend 20 hours each week in the program. The next session will begin in spring 2016. This program is free and does not have income guidelines. 

The program will run in three sessions this spring:
  • 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Feb. 23 to March 24, at the CCRI satellite campus at Westerly High School
  • 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Feb. 29 to March 30, at the CCRI Knight Campus in Warwick
  • 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, April 11 to June 27, at the CCRI Knight Campus in Warwick
World of Work, 2016 Workshops

These events are free and open to the public and will be held in Room 1130 (on the first floor behind the cafeteria) at the college’s Knight Campus, 400 East Ave., Warwick. Each workshop will be followed with an information session about our upcoming programs.

“How to Get an Interview” – 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 13

You completed 100 applications online but no one has called? Learn ways to bypass the electronic screeners, move your résumé to the top of the list and land a face-to-face meeting.

“Hiring from the HR Perspective” – 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17

What do recruiters really want to know about applicants? Why do they ask those questions? And why don’t they ever get back to applicants? Get answers to these and other questions from an experienced human resources professional.

“Your Online Presence” – noon to 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22

LinkedIn, Facebook, Periscope, Twitter, Instagram, Google: What can others learn about you online? What is their first impression of you? Learn how to ensure a professional online presence that enhances your job search.

“Working with Your Grandpa” – 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22

Whether you’re a member of Generation Z, the Greatest Generation or somewhere in between, generational differences can affect your work life. Learn some of these key differences in communications, behavior and values that differ by generation and how these differences can complement one another.  

For more information and to register for an orientation, contact Lynn Watterson, career pathways coordinator, at 401-455-6042 or

*Program is funded by the Rhode Island Department of Education.

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Last Updated: 2/1/16