East Bay Skills Alliance

The East Bay Skills Alliance (EBSA) is a workforce development program that serves Rhode Island residents, at least 18 years or older, who want to develop their skills, or who are underemployed or unemployed and in search of career training for jobs that are in demand. See below for eligibility requirements.

Who We Serve

EBSA serves Rhode Island residents, 18 years and older, who are unemployed or underemployed and interested in high-demand jobs. EBSA training programs prepare participants to work in the following fields: Medical (Certified Nursing Assistant), Hospitality, or Education (Childcare/Teacher Assistant/Para-Professional).

Key Features

Students of EBSA will learn what employers expect and how to search for, get, and keep a job. Teachers will help students strengthen their reading and math skills (related to careers), teach them about computers and the internet, and provide them with training that is specific to their future career. EBSA staff members will also support them and help them to succeed throughout the program.

Location(s) of the Program

Our office location is 19 Broadway, Newport, RI. The location of training programs varies based on the program and will be advertised at recruitment time.

Hours of Operation

Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.

Training is held Monday through Friday, 9:00 A.M. to 3:30 P.M. Please note that some industry training class hours may extend past business office hours.

Upcoming Training

Free Certified Nursing Assistant Training (C.N.A.) will begin on May 21, 2018.  You must attend an information session in its entirety in order to apply for this training.  Please see the Information Sessions PDF for information and important dates.


How to Enroll

Contact our offices at 401-848-6697 ext. 205 for the next program of interest and schedule of mandatory information session dates.

Eligibility Requirements

Must be 18 years or older, Rhode Island resident, low income, in need of basic work skills, and unemployed or underemployed. Must be able to pass a criminal background check as required or acceptable for the industry specific training. Must have a high school diploma/GED. Must pass the screening process; attend mandatory information session; return required documents in time specified; and take CASAS assessment. Final determination is based on the results of an interview. Reading must be at or above 9th grade level (CASAS 231-236) and Math must be at or above a 7th grade level (CASAS 226-230).

How You Can Help

In-kind donations of medical scrubs, gas cards, or RIPTIKs (bus passes)- all which assist participants while they are in training- are greatly appreciated and may be brought or mailed to our offices. Monetary donations can be made online (type “EBSA” in the comments section) or by mailing a check payable to East Bay Community Action Program, Attn: Finance Department, 19 Broadway, Newport RI 02840 (please write “EBSA” in the memo section).

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