Smithfield awarded RIDE grant to implement two new pathways (Valley Breeze)

Smithfield awarded RIDE grant to implement two new pathways (Valley Breeze)

SMITHFIELD – Ending the school year on a high note, Smithfield High School was awarded $122,165 in Rhode Island Department of Education Career and Technical Education grants to create two new programs focused on expanding historically underserved students.

Noticing both a resource in computer science teacher Micheal Deslauriers and a disparity of females in computer science and information technology, Acting Principal Kenneth Hopkins worked with teachers and administrators from both the high and middle schools to write the grant.

Chariho Tech to boost girls IT with grant (The Westerly Sun)

WOOD RIVER JCT. — Chariho Tech is one of eight schools in the state that will share $1.2 million in Innovation and Equity Grants, career and technical program funding that is meant to assist underserved student populations. The Rhode Island Department of Education announced Thursday that the schools will receive $150,000 over two years to encourage more female students to study information technology, or IT.

RIDE announces $1.2M in CTE Innovation and Equity grants (Providence Business News)

The Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) today announced the awarding of nearly $1.2 million in CTE Innovation and Equity Grants, funds that will be used by new and existing career education programs to help expand access for historically underserved students. The eight recipient schools are spread out across the state and will each receive roughly $150,000 in funding over two years, starting in the 2018-2019 school year.

Westerly Education Center opens EB sheet metal course to high school students (The Westerly Sun)

Several local high school students are getting their foot in the door early at submarine builder Electric Boat, thanks to a course that teaches them valuable trade skills.

They’re taking a maritime sheet metal class offered by the Westerly Education Center as part of the workforce training program. It’s the first time the center has opened the program to students who are intent on entering the workforce right after graduation, which is coming soon for some. 

More than 60 college courses available to middle, high school students (Cranston Herald)

The Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) announced that registration is now open for summer and fall classes through the Advanced Course Network (ACN). At, Rhode Island public middle and high school students can explore and register for more than 60 free, credit-bearing, and work experience course options offered through the Advanced Course Network (ACN). Summer classes are available for the first time this year.

Skipping School: Tolman senior heads to college one year early (Pawtucket Times)

Skipping School: Tolman senior heads to college one year early (Pawtucket Times)

PAWTUCKET – The fifth-ranked member of Tolman High School’s Class of 2018, Melissa Giron is always looking for a challenge in the classroom. But her 4.3 grade point average in high school wasn’t enough, so Giron decide it was time to advance her education a year early.

Through the PrepareRI Dual Enrollment program which allows all public high school students in Rhode Island to take free courses at one of the state’s public colleges, Giron is currently taking a full course of classes at Community College of Rhode Island’s Lincoln campus.

New PrepareRI Internship Places 100 Students with Top Rhode Island Employers

Governor Gina M. Raimondo, Rhode Island's leading employers and other stakeholders gathered together Wednesday to celebrate the launch of a new internship program that will provide 100 high school students with hands-on work experience in industries including technology, health care, finance, education, manufacturing and construction. The PrepareRI Internship Program builds on Governor Raimondo's goal of having work-based learning in every high school in the state and preparing students with the skills they need for the jobs of the future. 

Wagner grades state of schools (Warwick Beacon)

Wagner grades state of schools (Warwick Beacon)

Wagner started by recapping an eventful couple of weeks for RIDE, beginning on Monday, March 19 when he delivered his 2018 State of Education Address from Potter Burns Elementary School in Pawtucket.

The speech was an opportunity for Wagner to present some impressive statistics about educational trends in the state – such as increasing AP participation in high school students by 38 percent (the largest year-over-year increase in the country); increasing college enrollment by students still in high school by 150 percent through dual enrollment programs; and increasing enrollment at the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) by 43 percent since the inception of Rhode Island Promise.