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Postsecondary Outcomes for Rhode Island Workforce Training Participants

Through federal Workforce Data Quality Initiative Round 5 funding, DataSpark has been working with the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training and the Governor's Workforce Board to evaluate outcomes for workforce training participants.

For this Data Story, we investigated postsecondary attainment among selected workforce training participants, focusing specifically on the two largest programs in RI, Real Jobs RI and programs funded collectively by the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

Real Jobs RI (RJRI) grows business-led partnerships that build workforce solutions to address their unique workforce challenges. These partnerships help place new employees into immediate job openings; up-skill current employees to advance skills and/or remain competitive; and create pipelines of talent for the future.

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is "landmark legislation that is designed to strengthen and improve our nation's public workforce system and help get Americans, including youth and those with significant barriers to employment, into high-quality jobs and careers and help employers hire and retain skilled workers" (https://www.doleta.gov/wioa/). In Rhode Island, implementation of the Act is overseen by the RI State Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Office.

The Governor's Workforce Board maintains data on participants of these training programs, which DataSpark was able to link with postsecondary data from the RI Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner. Both datasets are maintained in the RI DataHUB, the state's longitudinal data system for data along the education-to-workforce pipeline.

Postsecondary Outcomes for Rhode Island Workforce Training Participants

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