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Center of Excellence for Domestic Maritime Workforce Training and Education (CoE)

CCRI has been recognized as a Center of Excellence for Domestic Maritime Workforce Training and Education (CoE) by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD). The CoE designation recognizes CCRI for its workforce-based training programming to prepare students for careers in the maritime industry.

CCRI engages maritime industry organizations, including the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association (RIMTA), Oliver Hazard Perry (OHPRI) and the United States Maritime Resource Center (USMRC) to develop programming, hire talent from the maritime programs, connect CCRI with their small-business networks, and provide guidance on future maritime training. In collaboration with General Dynamics Electric Boat, CCRI built maritime pipefitting, sheet metal and electrical courses that prepare students to work at Electric Boat’s Quonset, RI and Groton, CT shipyards. These courses, delivered by CCRI in partnership with the Westerly Education Center, provide participants with the skills and knowledge required for employment at Electric Boat in the production of vessels for the United States Navy.

The designation allows CCRI to work with MARAD to enter into cooperative agreements to help advance recruitment of students and faculty, enhance facilities, award student credit for military service, and potentially receive assistance in the form of surplus equipment or temporary use of MARAD vessels.

CCRI already offers many maritime trade training programs, including: Maritime Careers Training, Maritime Pipefitting, Maritime Sheet Metal, Maritime Electrical, Maritime Rigging, maritime radiography, youth boatbuilding, maritime OSHA 10 and 30. Looking ahead, CCRI plans to leverage this designation to support the development of maritime-related workforce training for the emerging off-shore wind industry.

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