Research shows that the knowledge and skills of workers available in a labor force affect business and economic growth. Additionally, those with higher education and workforce training see higher wages and lifetime earnings. Increasing access to career training and incentivizing those who are educated in Rhode Island to stay in the state are essential to creating a more prosperous economy.
Topic #1: Increasing access and participation in career training opportunities, with an emphasis on state priority sectors. As the economy starts to recover from the downturn of the pandemic, postsecondary education is one way to help people recover, particularly those hit hardest by the pandemic. This topic will feature discussion regarding the landscape of postsecondary education in Rhode Island, the opportunities available, and the importance of various sectors to the Rhode Island economy.