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…

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  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 ?