R.I. gets $500K for STEM apprenticeship program

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island received a three-year, $500,000 STEM apprenticeship grant from the U.S. Department of Education, the R.I. Department of Education announced on Oct. 30.

STEM stands for science, engineering, technology and math. The funds will be used to support the launch of the Rhode Island Youth Apprenticeship Program, which aims to have more than 100 students in apprenticeship positions in cybersecurity and data analysis by 2022.

The lead employer to start the program will be CVS Health Corp. The lead primary instruction provider will be the Community College of Rhode Island.

Students will have the opportunity to complete their high school diploma in the program, earn a Certificate of Apprenticeship Completion and up to 18 college credits from CCRI through its Running Start program at no cost to students or their families.

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The program is scheduled to start in the fall of 2019. The first cohort is projected to include 20-25 students.


  1. This is better than nothing, but RI needs much more than another small-scale program targeting high school kids. RIDE and the rest of the RI public “edu-system” continue to ignore the potential and urgency of exposing all RI’s grade K-8 kids, especially the ones at risk, to high-paying, STEAM-driven fields. RI’s public school teachers seem to be uniquely STEAM-phobic which could explain why the word “math” only appears once in the state’s own strategic plan for education, while “science” is mentioned just once in a footnote. Brookings, too, saw this problem. Their 2016 economic development report to Gov Raimondo mentioned “STEAM” 80 times. When will we #GiddyUpRI ?