STEM Center holds workforce development conference

Posted 5/2/12

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. STEM Center at Rhode Island College will host “EmpoweRIng for the Future” conference on May 4 designed to address the need for a skilled workforce in the state.

The STEM Center’s event – STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – will include panel discussions on the skills businesses need, workshops on interviews, career changes and STEM programs and a look at how internships and fellowships can help forge career ties.

“The conference will bring together business leaders, educators and nonprofit representatives to discuss bridging the skills gap to empower Rhode Islanders to take full advantage of job openings in such areas as science and technology,” Mary M. Sullivan, director of The STEM Center said in prepared remarks.

Panelists will include Karen Conti of RITE Solutions, William F. Kearne Jr. of Gilbane Inc., Kurt Harrington of Something Fishy and Suzanne McLaughlin of Custom Computer Specialists Inc. Timothy J. DelGiudice of the Raytheon Co. will serve as moderator.

Lou Mazzucchelli, director of Chicago-based InRule Technology, visiting scholar at the School of Engineering, Brown University and director of the Slater Technology Fund Fellows Program and will serve as keynote speaker.

Sponsors of the May 4 conference are Atrion Networking Corp. in Warwick, the Defense Industry Partnership and the Rhode Island Geography Alliance. Others taking part include RiverzEdge ArtsProject, Tech Collective and the Rhode Island Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, RI-EPSCoR.

“EmpoweRIng for the Future” will take place from 8:00a.m. to 2:30p.m. on Friday, May 4. Organizers have scheduled a follow-up session May 22 at the STEM Center.

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