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

Posted Wednesday, May 9, 2018 2:07 pm

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.

“I encourage all middle and high school students to check out and consider the exciting, hands-on, and challenging learning opportunities available through the Advanced Course Network,” said Commissioner of Education Ken Wagner. “Thanks to our continued partnership with high schools, colleges and universities, and community partners across the state, we’re offering more work-based learning, career preparation, dual enrollment, and Advanced Placement courses than ever before. These course options are all about giving our students a head start on postsecondary success and career exploration opportunities.”

As part of the state’s PrepareRI initiative to prepare all Rhode Island youth with the skills they need for jobs that pay, the ACN provides qualified public high school and middle school students from participating school districts the chance to take a catalog of college and career preparatory courses at no cost to the student. ACN courses are offered by Rhode Island colleges and universities, community-based organizations, partners of the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training, and school districts.

The Summer/Fall 2018 catalog includes a diverse array of course options, from computer science, statistics, and music production, to philanthropy, carpentry, and community organizing. Students can explore environmental careers with partners like the Roger Williams Park Zoo, study forensics with the New England Institute of Technology, and gain hands-on experience designing and making cutting-edge clothing, embedded with electronics and sensors, with FabNewport.

The open enrollment period for Summer/Fall 2018 ACN courses runs through June 1.

Meg Geoghegan