Three Rhode Island school districts have been chosen for a new state initiative aimed at preparing students for jobs in high tech industries. Newport, Providence and Westerly will be part of the program known as P-TECH; short for Pathways in Technology Early College High School program.
The three districts will each receive a $200,000 to implement the program, which will include partnerships between schools and employers looking for skilled workers in information technology, advanced manufacturing and cyber security sectors. The initiative aims to offer three, four, and five-year mentorships to entering high school freshmen, with the hopeful goal of an associate’s degree or job prospect.
The P-TECH program is being run by through the governor’s office and the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation. The Ocean State has long tried to grow its high-tech sector, following the loss of thousands of manufacturing jobs through the 1980s and 90s.
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