EANE Kicks off Workforce Training Funding Awareness with Chris Matteson

Posted: Sep 07, 2017

Chris Matteson will work with EANE members to train and develop their workforces using funding secured from targeted grant sources.  He brings over ten years of experience - primarily in the areas of manufacturing, healthcare and social services - to his role at EANE.

Matteson will spearhead the October initiative to generate awareness for MA-based companies in workforce training opportunities; he will outine strategies and trends for significant fudning resources.  Two free lunch programs will be held from 12:00 to 1:30: one in EANE's Auburn office on October 3rd and the other in Agawam on October 6th.  Click here for more information on these briefings and to register.

EANE has facilitated numerous grants -- totaling close to $2 million with several grants ranging from $200 to $250 thousand -- for members to increase job retention, growth and wages; to foster more productive and competitive companies; and to increase commitments to private investment in training.

Matteson spent more than eight years with the 500-member advocacy group the Rhode Island Manufacturers Association and its non-profit arm the Rhode Island Manufacturing Institute, most recently as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.  In that position, he maintained member services, developed strong relationships with manufacturers, and created training programs in partnership with universities, community colleges and local training providers.  He developed several manufacturing apprenticeship programs which led to dozens of new hires for manufacturers and spearheaded a program for Rhode Island called "Dream it, DO IT" which is a national initiative charged with increasing the postive awareness of manufacturing as a career choice.

With a deep understanding of the needs of community-based organizations, Matteson also spent several years in social service positions and mental health community action programs dealing with sex offenders, fire setters and substance abusers where he implemented behavior modification and managed treatment programs.

Matteson has a BA in Criminal Justice and Sociology from Rhode Island College (2009) and will complete his Project Management Professional (PMP) certification in October at Bryant University.  He has served on the advisory board of Davies Career and Technical School, North Kingston High School, and East Providence Career and Technical School.  He is a member of the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals.

A resident of Harrisville, RI, Matteson is a member of the Board of Directors for St. Mary's Home for Children, a non-profit agency offering comprehensive treatment programs for boys and girls traumatized by abuse or experiencing the challeges of psychiatric disorders.