PrepareRI Youth Apprenticeship Program

what is the prepareri youth apprenticeship program?

The PrepareRI Youth Apprenticeship program is an opportunity for Rhode Island students to start a pathway directly into a career while still in high school.  The program combines a classroom component and a work-based learning component, leading to a paid full-time job and/or paid Registered Apprenticeship upon successful completion.  Through CCRI’s Running Start program, students will take college-level courses at CCRI their senior year to build employer-demanded technical skills, meet high school graduation requirements, and earn college credit.  A two-page flyer for educators and counselors can be downloaded here and a two-page student flyer with application instructions can be downloaded here.

Which career pathways are available?

During the pilot year starting Fall 2019, the following high-demand pathways are currently available:

  • Pharmacy Technician: Assist in pharmaceutical preparations and complete daily required tasks in any pharmacy environment; earn a nationally recognized credential.

  • Medical Assistant: Cross-trained in administrative and clinical duties to work alongside physicians in settings such as medical offices and clinics.

  • Process Technologist: Work in a large diversity of industries ranging from pharmaceuticals, chemicals, food and beverages, plastics, materials testing, brewing/distilleries, etc. Process techs work closely with engineers and other technicians with specialties such as process control, instrumentation, electronics, and techniques to adjust and optimize conditions for the production of current and innovative products. Watch this video to learn more about process techs and what they do.

  • Horticultural and Landscape Technician: RINLA’s Registered Apprenticeship program begins at the level called Horticulture and Landscape Technician, which provides mentored on-the-job learning, additional instruction, and pathways to diverse, meaningful careers, such as fine gardening, propagation and production, landscape construction and maintenance, masonry, arborist, and more.

Why should students apply?

  • Jumpstart your career. Start work in a good job upon high school graduation.

  • Gain skills that employers demand. Build employer-needed skills through relevant job-related coursework.

  • Get real-work experience. Develop important workplace experience and on-the-job skills through career exploration and work-based learning.

  • Experience college. Spend your senior year of high school full-time at Community College of RI.

  • Earn college credit. Graduate high school with a jumpstart on college, for free.

who can participate?

To be eligible to participate, students must:

  • Be entering 12th grade in Fall 2019 in a public RI high school

  • Turn 18 years old by September 2020

  • Be on track to graduate high school by June 2020

  • Have at least a “B” average in high school

  • Apply to CCRI’s Running Start program

    • Have a recommendation from a school counselor including a list of high school graduation requirements

    • Take the ACCUPLACER test to demonstrate readiness in reading, writing, and math

how do students apply?

Step 1: Talk to your teacher, Career Coordinator, or school counselor about this program and your interest.  Review the information on this webpage for more information. A one-page guide with these instructions can be downloaded here.

Step 2: Complete all required application forms which include:

  • CCRI Running Start Application packet; be sure to complete all forms including FERPA release and School Counselor Recommendation (download here)

  • Official high school transcript (part of the Running Start Application)

  • High school profile outlining the grading system (part of the Running Start application; your school counselor can assist with this)

  • PrepareRI Youth Apprenticeship Supplemental Questions (download as a Word Doc or fillable PDF)

Step 3: Mail or email your completed application, which includes all of the above, by April 30.

Mail the all required information to:

Attn: Sam Andersen

CCRI Flanagan Campus

Division of Workforce Partnerships

1762 Louisquisset Pike

Lincoln, RI 02865-4585

Or scan and email the application materials to with the subject line “PrepareRI Youth Apprenticeship application: [your name]”

NOTE: If you have already applied to CCRI’s Running Start Program with those required documents, you do NOT need to resubmit those forms.  You only need to send the Supplemental Questions.

Step 4: Plan to take the ACCUPLACER test.

Call 401-825-1240 to schedule an appointment for the ACCUPLACER placement testing a week after you submit your application.  It is important for students to be familiar with the ACCUPLACER test. The ACCUPLACER review packet and information regarding ACCUPLACER preparation is available at

Step 5: Plan to attend an orientation session for all applicants during the week of May 6th.

Check back here for the finalized location and date for the May orientation.

Additional Information:

Admission decisions will be based on successful completion of admission criteria and matching for best fit with each employer. Students will be notified of admission decisions by mid-May.  Admissions decisions will be sent to the personal email provided on the Running Start application.

For more information about CCRI’s Running Start Program specifically, contact the Office of Enrollment Services at 401-825-2003.

For more information about the PrepareRI Youth Apprenticeship Program, please contact your school counselor or Career Coordinator or email