Real problems need real solutions. They also need real leaders who can see beyond campaign promises and actually develop and pass smart, innovative policies to help move the state forward. Senate President Dominick Ruggerio is one such leader, particularly when we consider the Real Jobs workforce development program that he has championed over the last several years.

Senate President Ruggerio has been one of the leading champions on reinventing workforce development and training in Rhode Island. Under his leadership, the hugely successful Real Jobs RI program became a permanent program in the state – ensuring that quality workforce development programs would continue to be funded. This program is innovative not only in how its funded – using the Job Development Fund employers already pay into – it is unique because for the first time, the state allowed employers to tell the state what they needed for workforce development – and it had those same employers develop the training.

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