The Phoenix Partnership

Phoenix Manufacturing Center of Excellence

A Real Jobs RI Fully Funded Employee Training Program

Program Highlights:

  • The courses will be provided at NO COST to employers
  • Employers will be partially reimbursed for wages paid to employees for training hours
  • Participants cab be reimbursed for childcare costs and mileage for classes
  • Participants will receive college credits for completed courses at New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) and OSHA 10 Certification
  • Peer to peer networking opportunities
  • Employees need to attend 80% of classes to receive credits (possible make-up opportunities)
  • Participants do not need to be RI residents, but must be employed in RI.

Curriculum Info:

The Manufacturing Center of Excellence is an employer driven training program in Lean Manufacturing and critical skills necessary for manufacturing employees.

Level 100 Manufacturing Essentials Series

The Level 100 Manufacturing Essentials Series is comprised of 4-5.5 hour classes held once per week for 9 weeks. The series features both classroom and practical application with classes held at either the Warwick or East Greenwich campus of NEIT.

  • Classes:
    • Introduction to Lean
    • Safety Practices and Procedures
    • 5 S
    • Quality, Reducing Errors/Defects
    • Standard Operating Procedures and Productivity
    • Graduation (presentation to employers)
  • Level 100 Cohort 9 is set to start on November 7, 2019.
    • • Lean 101 I – 4 hours 11/7/19
      • Lean 101 II – 4 hours 11/14/19
      • 5S I – 4 hours 11/21/19
      • OSHA 1 5.5 hours 12/5/19
      • OSHA 2 5.5 hours 12/12/19
      • 5S II – 4 hours 1/9/20
      • SOP – 4 hours 1/16/20
      • Quality I – 4 hours 1/23/20
      • Quality II and Graduation – 5 hours 1/30/20

Level 200 Manufacturing Developmental Series

The Level 200 Manufacturing Developmental Series is comprised of 4-5 hour classes held once per week for 6 weeks (+1 additional week if necessary). The series features both classroom and practical application with classes held at either the Warwick or East Greenwich campus of NEIT.

  • Level 200 Cohort 4 is set to start on September 12, 2019
    • Framework for Manufacturing I – 4 hours – 9/12/19
    • Framework for Manufacturing II – 4 hours –9/19/19
    • Excel -4 hours – 9/26/19
    • Problem Solving Tools and Methodologies I – 5 hours – 10/3/19 Coffee included with Sandwiches
    • Intro to Process Improvement Methods – 4 hours –10/10/19
    • Intro to Process Improvement Methods – 4 hours –10/17/19
    • People Management/Teamwork I – 4 hours 10/24/19
    • Presentations/Communication 5 hours 10/31/19

Employers who send employees to participate in the training will receive partial wage reimbursement for employee training hours as well as reimbursements for employee’s travel and child care need (outside of normal working hours) where applicable. All employers must commit to submitting reasonable evaluations and metrics to be eligible to participate.


Please complete the form below if you would like to be added to the registration list for the next cohort. The program manager will respond within 24 hours.

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Employer Commitment:

  • Commitment to making employees available to attend all courses
  • Supervisor will allow for reasonable on the job support, training and evaluation
  • Employer will complete evaluations for participating employees and provide necessary metrics

The MCE is a conduit between educational needs and corporate needs to promote industry success. It showcases Rhode Island as a great place to manufacture, attract new business from out of state, and will serve as a resource for those seeking employment, new hires and incumbent workers, and both in and out of state businesses and organizations.

Current Employer and Training Partners: Polaris MEP, H.Brickle & Son, Inc., Aspen Aerogel, Guill Tool, Polyworks/G-Force, Boukaert Industrial Textiles, VIBCO Vibrators ETCO, Inc. Teknicote, Inc., Town Dock, Edesia, and AstroNova. The MCE offers a curriculum developed and taught by New England Institute of Technology as well as a new Manager Level Lean training provided by Polaris MEP. The MCE provides three tiers of manufacturing training designed to help prepare newly hired and incumbent manufacturing workers to meet the demands of their workplace, and to prepare them for advancement within their companies, leading to decreased turnover and increased productivity.