January 2017--Rhode Island receives $2 million in grant funds to expand career and technical education for RI high school students through the New Skills for Youth/ Prepare RI program.
Rhode Island was one of ten states who "demonstrated the strongest plans to work across sectors to transform how they design and develop career preparedness education programs and provide young people with the skills they need to compete for high-skill, well-paying jobs," according to the press release by grant sponsors JP Morgan Chase and the Council of Chief State School Officers.
The funding will be used to bring together PK-20 education leaders, business partners and community partners to expand career/ technical and early college programs and improve career readiness.
Governor Raimondo commented: "Rhode Island's New Skills for Youth grant is intended to turn our bold vision for improving career readiness in K-12 education into a reality. We are honored to have been recognized for our vision to prepare Rhode Island students for good-paying jobs in our state's leading industries. By creating pathways between our existing K-12, higher education and workforce development systems, we will meet the needs of our existing employers while also providing jobs that pay for Rhode Islanders."