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PrepareRI Newsletter:

April 2019

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WELCOME message

You’ve probably seen the news by now, but we’re excited to welcome Angélica Infante-Green to Rhode Island as the next Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education. As the RIDE Commissioner, Angélica Infante-Green will play a key role in the Prepare Rhode Island portfolio. Angélica will be joining RIDE on Monday, April 29th.

Commissioner Infante-Green comes to us from the New York State Department of Education, where she is currently the Deputy Commissioner of the Office of Instructional Support P-12. A first-generation American, she has dedicated her life and career to expanding educational opportunity for students, and she has a proven record of advancing equity for all kids. 

With several PrepareRI Ambassadors focused this year on supporting English Learners and students with disabilities in accessing and exceeding in PrepareRI programs, we’re especially excited to have Commissioner Infante-Green bringing her vision and expertise to this work! 

We also want to thank our current Commissioner, Ken Wagner, for his steadfast support of career education, advanced coursework, and work-based learning opportunities for every Rhode Island student. During his tenure, we have made incredible improvements and expanded programs so that more students than ever before are getting a headstart on their futures. We couldn’t have done it without his leadership, support, and hard work. Thank you!  

--PrepareRI Core Team                                                                              



PrepareRI Youth Apprenticeship Applications due by April 30th! 

The PrepareRI Youth Apprenticeship program is an opportunity for Rhode Island students (entering 12th grade in Fall 2019) 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. There are four high-demand pathways available during this pilot year: 

  • Pharmacy Technician

  • Medical Assistant

  • Process Technologist

  • Horticultural and Landscape Technician

To learn more visit and apply by April 30th!      


The PrepareRI College Internship Program is here, apply by April 19th!

Earn money, learn new skills, and connect with Rhode Island’s top employers.

The PrepareRI College Internship Program provides first generation CCRI, RIC, and URI college students on track to graduate in May 2020 with paid, summer work-based internships connecting higher education learning with career opportunities in their college major. This is an opportunity for us to expand our current high school internship program and we are excited to give more opportunities to our students.

Skills for Rhode Island’s Future is recruiting full-time, first-generation, college students who are interested in a paid summer work-based learning internship.

To learn more click here:

Applications for PrepareRI Ambassadors open April 29!

We are excited to announce that the 2019 - 2020 PrepareRI Ambassador applications will be live on our website on April 29! Ambassadors are a select group of education leaders who help guide PrepareRI’s implementation. They use their unique perspective and skills to advise the PrepareRI team, create resources and trainings to help their colleagues, and serve as spokespeople for PrepareRI.

Advanced Course Network (ACN) student registration open until May 31st for Summer, Fall, and Yearlong courses

RIDE is excited to announce that registration is now open for Summer, Fall, and Yearlong courses on The ACN is designed to help Rhode Island schools create opportunities for public school students to identify, pursue, and realize their post-high school path. Enriching experiences with advanced coursework help students get a head start on post-secondary success, master the skills required of a lifelong learner, and be prepared for jobs in sectors critical to Rhode Island’s future prosperity.

Registration for Summer, Fall, and Yearlong courses will be open until May 31st on a first-come-first-serve basis. More information and available courses can be found on, and questions about the Advanced Course Network can be directed to


In the 2018-19 FAFSA cycle, Rhode Island ranked eighth in the country for the number of high school seniors completing the form. This year, we want to make Rhode Island number one! We are currently fourth in country at 60%. Encourage your students to sign up and see how your school is doing here!

PrepareRI Career Exploration Grants

Earlier this year, we launched PrepareRI Career Exploration Grants! These grants are intended to accelerate the integration of career exploration activities with existing learning experiences in middle school (grades 6-8). Schools that have submitted an application for the PrepareRI Career Exploration grant will receive communication regarding the status of their application by the end of the month.

Prepare ri in the news

The State of Education

In his annual State of Education address, Commissioner Wagner underscored the importance of student voice and choice in improving education and closing equity gaps. The entire event was articulated around students and families, from the student showcase of outstanding work, to the student-led Q&A session to close out the night. This year’s event also featured three parent and three student speakers, selected after a statewide call for essay submissions about topics like the student experience, what parents would do if they were in charge of public education, and how best to engage and excite students about their learning. You can view the entire speaking program on the RIDE Facebook page, where we livestreamed the event, or check out news coverage in the Providence Journal, WPRI, NBC10, and ABC6.

Students in the Spotlight at PrepareRI Summit

The Western Hills Middle School Social Media Club participated in the “How to Tell Your Story” session, facilitated by PrepareRI Ambassador, former educator, Cranston parent, and award-winning journalist, Jen Cowart. The students and their advisor talked about how the club has grown over the years, and how they leverage student talent and capacity to help amplify good news in their school community. A photo of the group was featured in the Cranston Herald


Events & Deadlines

Deadline: PrepareRI Youth Apprenticeship Program

  • What: PrepareRI Youth Apprenticeship Program Application Deadline

  • When: Tuesday, April 30

  • More info: Contact

CTE Board of Trustees meeting

  • What: Public meeting of the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Board of Trustees

  • When: Friday, May 10, 9-11am

  • Where: Coventry Career and Technical Education Center

  • More info: Contact

Career Pathways Advisory Committee meeting

The April 2019 Career Pathways Advisory Committee meeting is CANCELLED. Information for the May 2019 meeting is below.

  • What: Public meeting of the Career Pathways Advisory Committee (CPAC) of the Governor's Workforce Board

  • When: Wednesday, May 15, 8:30-10:00am

  • Where: Department of Labor and Training, 1511 Pontiac Ave, Cranston, Room 73-1

  • More info: Contact

Deadline: Sign up for Advanced Course Network (ACN)

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