PrepareRI is one of the most comprehensive plans in the nation to improve youth career readiness.
building career pathways
PrepareRI is an initiative to prepare all Rhode Island youth with the skills they need for jobs that pay. It represents a strategic partnership between the Rhode Island government, private industry leaders, the public education system, universities, and non-profits across the state. PrepareRI launched in 2016, after Rhode Island was awarded a New Skills for Youth grant from JPMorgan Chase and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO).
Benefiting our students, businesses, and economy
For students, PrepareRI aims to close the gap between what students learn in school and what they need for high-demand jobs. The initiative was built on the belief that all young people — regardless of their previous background or intended career — will need some form of postsecondary credential and practical work experience to be successful.
For businesses, PrepareRI ensures that employers have the workforce they require to thrive in the economy of tomorrow. This fills a crucial need in Rhode Island; currently, less than 45 percent of residents have a post-secondary degree or industry-recognized certificate, yet 70 percent of jobs will require those credentials by 2020.
redesigning the talent pipeline
PrepareRI will restructure the entire talent pipeline in Rhode Island, from kindergarten to career. Our goal is that, by 2020:
- All career pathway programs will be aligned to Rhode Island’s high-demand career fields
- All high school students will graduate with college credit or an industry credential
- All high school students will have access to a work-based learning experience, such as an internship in a relevant career field
- All students will have career exploration opportunities beginning in elementary and middle school, and individualized learning plans based on their unique strengths and interests