OUTREACH PROGRAMS & INITIATIVES
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Improving Rhode Island Manufacturing and the Public Good
Polaris MEP drives, manages and/or plays a leading role in a variety of programs that are driven by the needs of smaller Rhode Island manufactuers. We enhance their performance and the economy of the Ocean State by working with key partners on new, innovative initiatives and by contributing to ongoing programs.
Strengthening the industry’s workforce pipeline with programs that promote manufacturing careers and deliver needed / valued technical skills training.
Bringing Advanced Manufacturing training and employment services to underserved communities. A nationally-recognized Sectoral aproach/Center for Working Families model.
Fast Track to Manufacturing
Expanding the pipeline of skilled workers with FREE training in partnership with CCRI and job placement support.
Job Quality Toolkit
The NIST Baldrige “Job Quality Toolkit” provides practical guidance on key drivers that turn routine jobs into high-quality / highly-sought-after careers. Coupled with the manufacturing expertise of Polaris MEP’s team, it is a powerful resource for attracting and retaining a diverse, productive & engaged workforce.
Polaris MEP/the University of Rhode Island Research Foundation will leverage a $5Million Defense Manufacturing Community Grant to establish Rhode Island Manufacturing to Accelerate the Defense Ecosystem, or RI MADE. The project will fund automation & robotics, cyber resiliency and risk mitigation resources to strengthen the state’s maritime defense industrial base.
This program leverages the strength of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership National Network and connects Ocean State manufacturers to new suppliers or partners across the United States.
Increasing RI manufacturing capability and competitiveness as an active partner in the New England Regional Defense Industry Collaboration.
Raising the visibility of products made in the Ocean State and highlighting the contributions of RI’s manufacturers to our economy.