8/13/21: Per Executive Order, all visitors to Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner, Westerly Education Center and R.I. Nursing Education Center must wear a face mask until further notice.

Woonsocket Education Center

(8/30/21) We're pleased to announced that the new education center planned for Main Street in Woonsocket, has received its construction permit and work has begun on the getting the new ed center ready for workforce training and postsecondary education. 

The new yet-to-be-named education center in Woonsocket will serve as a regional hub for postsecondary education and workforce development initiatives designed specifically for businesses and industries leading economic growth in the region and will serve the urban core of northern Rhode Island communities with access to education and training leading to high-demand, high-wage jobs.

Based on the successful Westerly Education Center, a public-private partnership, this center will also bring together state government, municipal governments, private businesses, leading industries, colleges and universities, and social service agencies to provide the resources needed to boost education and skill levels of the workforce and enable them to land good jobs. The coursework may range from GED level to master's level and will include industry-recognized certifications and credentials of value.

With an expected open date in March of 2022, preparation is ongoing and becoming more intensive. The third floor of 95-117 Main Street requires work to make it suitable for the classrooms, conference rooms, laboratories, offices, and gathering places we need.

Presently, some of the staff from Westerly Education Center are managing the operations, meeting new clients, laying the groundwork for courses, and fundraising.

As we have more news to announce, we will post it here.

For now, here's a "before" shot.