School districts seek to expand career and technical education programs (WPRI)

In 2016, Gov. Gina Raimondo launched a Prepare RI initiative which supports career and technical education, aiming to close the skills gap between what students learn and what they need for high-demand jobs.
“We are redesigning those experiences where students’ learning experiences are measured by more than test scores,” said Steve Osborn, chief for innovation at the Rhode Island Department of Education. “They are measured by clear credentials that either save them money on their college degree or help them get a job to be able to support themselves, so it’s relevant, it’s real, it has clear application.”

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Meg Geoghegan
Scituate opens free transportation for out-of-district students (Valley Breeze)

Out-of-district students who previously looked into Scituate High School’s Career and Technology Education pathways and were discouraged by lack of transportation to the school can now be picked up at their town’s “hot spots,” according to SHS Principal Michael Hassell.

The Scituate school district’s bus company, Durham School Services, will provide free transportation to out-of-district students traveling from Johnston, Cranston, North Providence and Providence for a Scituate CTE program, Hassell said.

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Meg Geoghegan
Today's CTE Investments Help Boost Students' Success (Ed Tech Magazine)

The Education Department’s Pathways to STEM Apprenticeship program is another example of a broader interest in CTE. The department awarded a share of $3 million to six states to improve high school CTE students’ access to post-secondary education and STEM careers. The Rhode Island Department of Education, for example, announced plans to use its $500,000 grant to launch an internship program to place students in cybersecurity and data analysis apprenticeships.

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Meg Geoghegan
College Readiness Project Summer Working Group

The PrepareRI College Readiness Project represents a strategic partnership between K-12 education and Rhode Island’s colleges and universities to ensure that every student graduates from high school ready to enroll in credit-bearing coursework on a path to on-time college completion.  We are looking for a small number of schools interested in piloting a fourth-year transitional math course for students, and we are looking for interested math faculty to participate in the summer working group developing that plan. If you are interested in learning more about the project, know a school that would be a good fit for the pilot, or if you are interested in the summer working group, please contact Liz Texeira at Elizabeth.texeira@ride.ri.gov.

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Wendy Wallace
P-TECH Newport

As she completed her first month in the role, new Education Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green traveled the state to visit several PrepareRI-related schools, including PTECH Newport. The Newport Daily News followed her on her visit, which included her first podcast interview with two CTE students. 

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Wendy Wallace
XQ+RI Grant Winners

The Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) has released the names of 20 public high school community teams that will form the planning cohort for the groundbreaking partnership of XQ+RI: Rhode Island’s XQ Challenge. For more information, including a list of the awardees, read the full press release.

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Wendy Wallace
New Pathways: Rhode Island schools embrace P-TECH initiative (East Side Monthly)

Education is an ever-changing landscape and, in order to ensure that schools are meeting the new and more advanced needs of the world that students will inhabit as adults, institutions have sought to modify their approaches to learning and teaching. One of the more exciting and successful programs to reach Rhode Island in recent years is the P-TECH (Pathways in Technology Early College High School) initiative, which has been in place in the state for a little over two years.

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Meg Geoghegan
A Toast to STEAM (Warwick Beacon)

Stefan Pryor, director of the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, raises his glass of Apponaug Brewery stout Tuesday night at the recently opened brew pub at the Pontiac Mills to toast STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) Month. It couldn’t have been more fitting, as his audience was all Wavemaker Fellows. Under the program run by Commerce, the Wavemaker Fellowship provides a financial incentive for graduates pursuing a career or starting a business in Rhode Island in technology, engineering, design and other key sectors, by defraying student loan payments for up to four years.

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Meg Geoghegan