Local high school students earned valuable real-world work experience this summer through the inaugural Prepare Rhode Island internship program, which graduated its first cohort of 162 students at the end of August. Through the pilot program, the group of rising high school seniors participated in paid internships while earning six college credits.
More than 350 supporters of work-based learning attended the Prepare Rhode Island (PrepareRI) Summit today 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.
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.