Apprenticeship program targets manufacturers

Hope Valley Industries in North Kingstown, which makes automotiveaccessories such as floor mats and mudflaps, could use a few more CNCprogrammers.

To that end, says Julie Zito, the firm's director of human resources,the company plans to apply for an apprenticeship grant in the comingyear through a new program that will dedicate $400,000 of a $5 millionfederal award to the manufacturing sector over the next five years,according to Andrew Cortes, director of Building Futures, a programwithin The Providence Plan. He helped obtain the funding for the state.

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