IN OUR SCHOOLS - Pathway to competition

More schools across the state are creating state-of-the-art career and technical education (CTE) programs, designed to prepare students for college or a career after high school. This year, schools applied to the Rhode Island Department of Education for 59 new CTE programs. There are now 155 RIDE-approved CTE programs in the state.

“Some view it as competition. I see it as growth for competence,” Barnes said. He said CTE pathways are essential to preparing students for a future with great jobs.

PrepareRI Ambassadors Selected to Support Career Education

The Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) announced today the selection of 22 PrepareRI Ambassadors for the 2018-2019 school year. These classroom educators, district administrators, and community leaders will spend the next year helping to expand career education opportunities as part of Prepare Rhode Island, a statewide strategy to prepare all Rhode Island youth for good jobs.

My Turn: Jennie Sparandara: Businesses should lead in R.I. education (Providence Journal)

Career pathways and internship programs like the ones here in Rhode Island have real-world positive impacts on students. Research and anecdotal evidence show us that investing in career readiness is good for students. In fact, 75 percent of students who complete a career pathway go on to enroll in college. But this work is good for businesses, too; it’s a win-win. Industry leaders know that the jobs they need to fill require skilled workers.

For these R.I. students, business boot camp a chance to make pitch perfect (Providence Journal)

For these R.I. students, business boot camp a chance to make pitch perfect (Providence Journal)

Imagine having to sell yourself in three minutes. It’s called an elevator pitch and it’s an exercise perfected by most business school students, marketers and salespeople. On Friday, a dozen junior high school students squeezed into an overheated classroom at Rhode Island College and prepared to be critiqued.

They are part of a larger cohort of 150 juniors from Newport to North Providence who competed for summer jobs with some of Rhode Island’s best-known companies — CVS, Hasbro, Gilbane, Citizens Bank and others. During the past week, the students, who were selected from an applicant pool of 620 teenagers, participated in a boot camp where they learned business skills, among them, public speaking, problem-solving, effective communication and so on.

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.

East Providence Career and Tech Center gains state grant dollars (East Providence Post)

EAST PROVIDENCE — The East Providence Career and Technical Center was one of eight schools to be included among an award of nearly $1.2 million by the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) of CTE Innovation and Equity Grants, the state authority announced Thursday, June 7.

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. 

CHS students to learn about aviation careers (Pawtucket Times)

“We are trying to get young people ready to become future members of the workforce, and doing something like this can be a way to achieving that,” said Ouellette. “The chamber applauds local companies that reach out to students to demonstrate that there is a world of jobs out there that they might not otherwise know about.”