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Center for Workforce & Professional Development

Professional Education Center

RWU’s Center for Workforce & Professional Development (CWPD) prepares your leadership and workforce to drive growth and scale success by tapping into a wide range of training opportunities. The CWPD offers programs designed to support partners in industry, government, community nonprofits, career changers, and entrepreneurs through customized training programs.

Our portfolio of noncredit professional certificate programs and courses provides professionals with a targeted and flexible means to advance, change, or refocus careers and positions within organizations for future advancement. We also partner with organizations to provide custom learning solutions addressing specific business objectives to help drive your business’s growth and to help your workforce stay up-to-date in this quickly- and ever-changing society.

Whether it’s corporate custom education, workforce development, or personal enrichment, the Center for Workforce & Professional Development (CWPD) is there to support your workforce along their journey.

CWPD Classes start Sept 19th

Starting September 19th, the CWPD will offer Intro to IT Security, Legal Assistant, and Professional Office Skills trainings. These 8-week courses are free for those participating in the DHS RI Works program or who are eligible for benefits through the Department of Labor & Training. Community members who are unemployed or underemployed, but are not currently participating in the RI Works program may still be eligible to participate. To determine your suitability and eligibility for training, please visit one of the netWORKri centers or DHS offices located throughout the state. Watch our video below or click the flyers below for more information:

Intro to IT Security

Legal Assistant

Professional Office Skills

Workforce Development

The CWPD has a robust workforce development portfolio which has assisted un/under employed individuals and those in transition into new career pathways.  Our collaborative efforts and sector strategies focus on training approaches that offer a strong, well-articulated pathway to a career; blend classroom and work-based learning; and enhance soft skills, such as communicating effectively and problem-solving, that employers and their customers value.

The CWPD trains unemployed and underemployed workers who may face barriers to entering or advancing in the workforce. Pathway programs accelerate the time in the classroom and create manageable steps in the program that yield a series of “stackable” industry-recognized credentials. The programs have strong academic, employment, and personal supports to ensure that a student can complete the “steps” along the pathway successfully and find gainful employment. Individuals entering a new occupation may be able to earn entry-level certificates quickly and begin work with the option of returning to the program in the future to gain more advanced skills. Workers with more advanced occupational skills may be able to enroll in a higher level of the career pathway program based on prior learning assessments. These multiple entrance and exit points make the programs more accessible for busy adult workers with families.

Corporate Custom Education

The CWPD designs, develops and delivers integrated programs and courses that meet organizations’ human capital goals and addresses specific industry challenges. The CWPD consults with the organization to help identify the needed content, program type, method of delivery, and employee candidacy to ensure objectives are tied to successful business outcomes.

The CWPD ensures that credentials developed meet employer demands and will be used across employers in hiring decisions.  Some credentials can be obtained quickly (less than 12 weeks), meaning that job candidates can be prepared for an occupation in rapid succession for high-demand employers. Other credentials are designed to provide learners with “stackable” certificates that demonstrate increasing skill levels and may lead to a college degree or professional certification.

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