Development

We gratefully acknowledge all the donors who have made it possible for us to meet our mission. For this month, we're shining our spotlight on Dime Bank, who provided a $3,000 grant to Westerly Education Center when we were modifying two classrooms into science labs and purchasing equipment for our process technology course. The labs opened in November 2018 and 34 people have successfully completed the process technology course, going on to employment into in-demand, well-paying positions by Rhode Island employers including Thielsch, U.S. Extruders, Mearthane, Toray Plastics America, and Eurofins Lancaster Labs. 

Through its foundation, Dime Bank supports and gives back to the communities it serves. The foundation provides funding for charitable, cultural, literary, scientific, and educational non-profit organizations, like Westerly Education Center. Established 150 years ago, the bank itself is part and parcel of the local landscape of southeastern and shoreline Connecticut and Westerly. We're thankful for all the contributions their business and staff make to our community.

The lab buildout would not have been possible without the generous support from private businesses and foundations. They are Westerly Lions Club, Amgen, Chelsea Groton Foundation, Pfizer Foundation, Royce Family Fund, Scient Foundation, Scient Federal Credit Union, Ocean Community Chamber Foundation, and The Washington Trust Charitable Foundation. Many thanks to all for supporting Westerly Education Center's efforts to train students for high-wage, in-demand jobs for employers critical to the regional economy. 

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The biology lab  All the donors The ribbon-cutting was a happy milestone