Chelsea Groton Charitable Foundation and Chelsea Groton Bank

Although Westerly Education Center’s ZIP code is in Westerly, our presence is realized in two states. Our educational and training programs benefit residents and businesses who call Rhode Island and Connecticut home. Sharing our bi-state territory is Chelsea Groton Bank, the largest mutual bank in Eastern Connecticut and a friend to Westerly Education Center.

When we looked to transform two classrooms to science labs, better enabling us to offer science courses, the bank’s charitable fund – Chelsea Groton Foundation – cheerfully donated a $5,000 grant that enabled us to build-out the space and equip the two labs with appropriate teaching supplies. The build-out had been a goal since we first opened our doors in 2017, and the assistance from Chelsea Groton was deeply appreciated. CCRI uses the labs for courses in oceanography, geology, biology and chemistry. And we have hosted four cohorts of students studying process technology, a career pathway facing critical worker shortages in the manufacturing of pharmaceuticals, food and beverages, textiles, plastics, and other industry sectors important to the Rhode Island and Connecticut economies.

In addition to the infrastructure grant, Chelsea Groton Charitable Foundation also donated $3,000 toward new youth programming that will launch in March, 2020. Career opportunities in advanced manufacturing are on the rise in the region, and the center has worked with industry leaders to create a unique, two-day exposure session to the myriad employers who offer in-demand jobs with long-term career growth. The strategic intent is to help teenagers realize the opportunities to build a life here in their hometowns and find meaningful, sustained work that taps their talents, skills and interests. We thank Chelsea Groton Bank and Chelsea Groton Foundation for their generous support of our expansions and for improving the educational landscape in this region.



Lori Dufficy (l) of Chelsea Groton Bank and Chelsea Groton Bank Foundation, and Amy Grzybowski (r) of Westerly Education Center