A guiding connection

BEYOND BOOK LEARNING” The state’s Prepare Rhode Island initiative is connecting students with careers that aren’t academic in nature, including through the Pathways in Technology Early College High School, or P-TECH program. Here, Cole Chiaradio assembles a band saw at the manufacturing section of Westerly High School in a P-TECH program.  / PBN PHOTO/BRIAN MCDONALD

BEYOND BOOK LEARNING” The state’s Prepare Rhode Island initiative is connecting students with careers that aren’t academic in nature, including through the Pathways in Technology Early College High School, or P-TECH program. Here, Cole Chiaradio assembles a band saw at the manufacturing section of Westerly High School in a P-TECH program. / PBN PHOTO/BRIAN MCDONALD

Connecting people and jobs is always a challenge, but in the manufacturing and construction sectors in Rhode Island, the process has become especially challenging since the Great Recession. As makers and builders lost business, they also lost people, some who found jobs elsewhere, some who just retired. And now that they need to add staff…

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