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2018 CTE Innovation and Equity Grant Awardees Announced by RIDE

12 Jun 2018 10:15 AM | Tom DiPaola (Administrator)

Last Thursday morning, RIDE announced the awarding of nearly $1.2 million in CTE Innovation and Equity Grants, funds that will be used by new and existing career education programs to help expand access for historically underserved students. The eight recipient schools are spread out across the state and will each receive roughly $150,000 in funding over two years, starting in the 2018-2019 school year. Across industry sectors, there are significant equity gaps in the demographics of students who complete Rhode Island programs, including a 27 percent gap for women in IT, a 27 percent gap for students of color in business, and a 26 percent gap for low-income students in STEM, for example.

The grants are supported by existing state funding for career and technical education (CTE). These funds were used in years past for schools that wanted to start new CTE programs. This year, recognizing that equity gaps persist in career education, RIDE is repurposing the funding to support schools with specific plans to increase equity of access. The agency received 26 applications, accounting for $3.1 million in requests for the available funds.

The 2018 CTE Innovation and Equity Grant Awardees, and the primary student groups they identified in their proposals are:

  • CHARIHOtech: Female students in IT
  • Exeter-West Greenwich High School: Students with disabilities in environmental science
  • Warwick Area Career and Technical Center: Female students and students of color in IT
  • Rhode Island Nurses Institute (RINI) charter school: English Learners in health care
  • The MET School: Students of color and low-income students in finance
  • Smithfield High School: Female students in IT
  • East Providence Career and Technical Center: Low income students in construction
  • Mount Pleasant High School: English Learners in defense and pre-engineering

Read the full press release, and find out more about PrepareRI online.


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