PrepareRI for Students and Families
PrepareRI's goal is to ensure every student in Rhode Island has a clear pathway to a good job. Whether you plan on starting to work after high school or after college, PrepareRI wants to make sure you have as many opportunities as possible.
Read below for an overview of the opportunities available to high school or middle school students. The links at left provide more information about specific PrepareRI programs.
If you're in high school, PrepareRI provides resources to help you get on a pathway to a high-paying job. Whether you plan on attending college or not, there are many opportunities in high school that can set you up for long-term success.
Checklist for high school students:
Make a plan
From sixth grade on, every student should have an Individual Learning Plan (ILP). An ILP is a roadmap for your school experience, based on your interests, needs, learning goals, and graduation requirements. Don't have one? Talk to your school counselor or a teacher.
Earn college credit
You can earn college credits while you're still in high school, giving you a head start on your future college career. Through dual enrollment, concurrent enrollment, and the Advanced Course Network, there are hundreds of free courses available that will let you earn college credit.
Enroll in a career education program
Career and technical education (CTE) programs help you learn the practical skills that will prepare you for a job. PrepareRI is working to ensure that if you complete all the courses in a CTE program, you will earn a credential that Rhode Island employers value. If your school doesn't have a CTE program, don't worry--you can enroll in any CTE program in the state for free. Learn more.
Get an internship
Get a Pathway Endorsement on your diploma
If you will be graduating in 2021 or later, you can earn a Pathway Endorsement on your diploma, proving that you are graduating with skills in a specific subject area. Ask your school counselor for more information.
If you are in elementary or middle school, then PrepareRI aims to help you discover your passions and the many possible careers you could pursue.
Checklist for middle school students:
Make a plan
Explore possible careers
Career exploration gives you a chance to check out jobs and careers that you might want to do when you get older. Ask your teacher or counselor about the career exploration options available at your school.
Take classes outside your school
If you're a middle school student, you can sign up to take free courses at other schools, local non-profits, and other organizations through the Advanced Course Network. Go to www.RICourseChoice.org to sign up.