Tiogue Elementary School students learn the basics of coding (Kent County Daily Times)
Businesses say students aren’t mastering basic workplace skills. Are they right? (Hechinger Report)
“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.
With $500K STEM grant, RIDE aims to place 100 students in apprenticeships (Warwick Beacon)
Before the internship, Richardson had envisioned a technical career like computer programming. But Prepare Rhode Island taught him that he can excel in multitasking, working with colleagues and problem solving. Now he’s thinking of going into the construction field, he said, “maybe as a project manager or architect.”
STEM Grant to Create Apprenticeship Program for High School Students (Press Release)
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.
PrepareRI Summit Unites Education and Industry to Focus on Work-Based Learning (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.
Interest in P-Tech, Marine Trades swells (The Valley Breeze)
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.
Not enough students have mentors, and we must change that (Hechinger Report)
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.”
RIDE officials impressed by Warwick Career Tech Center (Warwick Beacon)
An inter-agency task force that includes the Rhode Island’s Governor’s Office launched PrepareRI in 2017 “to create a K-12 education system that is aligned with the demands of colleges and employers.” The state is creating new ways students can receive high school and college credits: through internships as well as through traditional career and technical programs.
Bristol student charts her own course (Bristol Phoenix)
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.
PrepareRI graduates first intern class (Valley Breeze)
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.
In reality, he said the program recognized that he is, “disabled but not at a disadvantage. As someone who is visually impaired, PrepareRI gave me the life-changing opportunity to compete and gain skills and experience that will give me a head start in my career field – without feeling like I’m at a disadvantage.”
“This is a phenomenal program,” Bove added. “They genuinely wanted to see us succeed. I’ve never participated in a more rewarding experience in my entire life.”