CPS 8th graders get 'Inspired' at JA Fair (Cranston Herald)

“Today is going to be one of those days where you are going to have a lot to talk about at the end of it, and it’s very possible that there are going to be some moments, some conversations that you’ll possibly remember for the rest of your lives. What we have planned for you at JA Inspire is an hour and a half of visiting with over 100 different groups made up of companies, schools, groups and associations of all different kinds. Really all they’re going to do today is tell you about their days and their careers and how they use their minds and talents to do things that are very fulfilling to them. You’re going to get a chance to see all of that.”

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Tiogue Elementary School students learn the basics of coding (Kent County Daily Times)

“A few years ago the department of education really put the initiative forward that we wanted and needed to do computer science at all levels,” Giusti said. “I think we all recognize, from educators to people in business, that we’re going to need coders. It’s one of those professions, computer science, where there are always jobs available throughout the whole country.”

Students at Tiogue regularly log on to code.org and their Google Classroom to participate in coding activities that, to them, probably just seem more like fun games. They can code their own dance party, creating multiple characters and using code to have them perform different dance moves. By adding lines of code they can change the music, the background, the number of dancers, the actual dance moves and other features.

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With $500K STEM grant, RIDE aims to place 100 students in apprenticeships (Warwick Beacon)

The Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) has announced Rhode Island is one of six states to be awarded a STEM apprenticeship grant from the U.S. Department of Education. This $500,000 grant will fund the launch of the Rhode Island Youth Apprenticeship Program, an apprenticeship program that starts during senior year, with more than 100 students statewide placed in apprenticeship positions in cybersecurity and data analysis by 2022.

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STEM Grant to Create Apprenticeship Program for High School Students (Press Release)

The Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) announced today that Rhode Island is one of six states to be awarded a STEM apprenticeship grant from the U.S. Department of Education. This $500,000 grant will fund the launch of the Rhode Island Youth Apprenticeship Program, an apprenticeship program that starts during senior year, with more than 100 students statewide placed in apprenticeship positions in cybersecurity and data analysis by 2022.

Participating students will work with CVS Health as the lead employer to start, with the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) serving as the primary instruction provider.

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PrepareRI Summit Unites Education and Industry to Focus on Work-Based Learning (Press Release)

PROVIDENCE, RI -- More than 350 supporters of work-based learning attended the Prepare Rhode Island (PrepareRI) Summit at Rhode Island College. Participants included representatives from eight area colleges and universities, educators from 45 school districts and public charter schools, community organizations that serve opportunity youth, and business leaders from health care, cybersecurity, wind energy, hospitality, and more.

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Interest in P-Tech, Marine Trades swells (The Valley Breeze)

At North Providence High School, motivated students are getting a jump-start on college and career by enrolling in one of two career and technical education programs, offering them the opportunity to earn college credits and hands-on job training while in high school.

“We have 15-year-olds sitting in college courses,” says Melissa Caffrey, director of the school’s “P-Tech” health care program. “The model provides multiple opportunities for kids to take on high school, college and career all at the same time.”

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RIDE officials impressed by Warwick Career Tech Center (Warwick Beacon)

The two top officials from the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) spent about two hours touring various pathway programs offered at the Warwick Area Career and Tech Center (WACTC) at Toll Gate High School on Tuesday afternoon. They both left with very positive impressions of what they had seen.

“Warwick is a perfect example of someone who has been in this space for a very long time and is also staying on top of the game to keep their offerings fresh and exciting,” said Ken Wagner, Commissioner of the Elementary and Secondary Education for RIDE.

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Bristol student charts her own course (Bristol Phoenix)

It’s been said that if you love what you do, you will never have to work a day in your life. It’s a lesson that one Mt. Hope High School student has learned early, thanks to an enrichment class and a statewide initiative to introduce Rhode Island students to the skills they need for well-paying jobs.

PrepareRI is an ambitious plan to improve youth career readiness. It is a partnership between the state government, private industry leaders, the public education system, universities, and non-profits across the state.

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