R.I. Nurses Institute Middle College students complete library data course

A RHODE ISLAND Nurses Institute Middle College Charter High School cohort just graduated from the Data Navigators 2.0 course at the Providence Public Library. Wells Fargo recently donated $10,000 to the library’s teen workforce-development programs. From left, student Alimatou Saine shows Wells Fargo’s Michael DiSandro and Ann Hackney McCarthy course materials. / COURTESY PROVIDENCE PUBLIC LIBRARY

PROVIDENCE – Twenty-one students in Rhode Island Nurses Institute Middle College Charter High School have presented final projects as part of a cohort of the Data Navigators 2.0 course.

According to a news release, the group received graduation certificates and will get high school credits for the course, eligible for college credit at Roger Williams University if they enroll.

With projects focused on health care, the students learned how to develop a research question, find and clean a data set in Microsoft Excel, and how to visualize that data in Tableau software. Project topics included lead in school water and diabetes rates.

“Through Teen Squad programs [such as] Data Navigators 2.0, the library seeks to provide opportunities for teens to acquire the education and skills they need to discover their interests and passions and … succeed in higher education and the workforce,” said Karisa Tashjian, Providence Public Library education director, in a statement.

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The Wells Fargo Foundation recently gave the program a renewal grant of $10,000.

Susan Shalhoub is a PBN contributing writer.