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Career and Technical Education

CTE in Rhode Island is helping our state address key challenges — from student achievement to workforce development and from economic vitality to global competitiveness.

CTE programs in CTE centers, high schools, postsecondary institutions and adult skills training facilities are leading change, transforming expectations and making a difference.

Which road will you take? It could make all the difference
  • Improving the educational experience of learners by providing an engaging, relevant education that reduces dropout rates, and supports and improves student achievement. 
  • Contributing to the development of a skilled, sustainable workforce that is well prepared for the high-demand, high-skill and high-paying jobs of today and tomorrow.
  • Helping learners discover the wide range of career options available to them — and chart the most effective and efficient educational pathways for optimum value and success.
  • Working directly with business and industry in partnership to ensure that CTE programs are developing people with the skills, credentials and technical knowledge necessary to move Rhode Island toward the leading edge of innovation and global competitiveness.

CTE in Rhode Island is designed for individuals who are interested in entering the workforce and/or preparing for careers and who want to take advantage of post-secondary education and/or training opportunities. With more than 10 career and technical education centers, 54 high schools, charter schools, post-secondary institutions and adult programs in the network, Rhode Island learners have unprecedented access to a broad array of educational programs.

In Rhode Island, there are many different options for pursuing Career and Technical Education. Options include a choice of schools, career paths, work-based learning experiences and extracurricular activities, all leading to opportunities for individual advancement and acceleration. For many learners, applying technical and academic skills to real-world activities make CTE classes more interesting, engaging, and motivating than standard academic classes.

CTE not only gives learners a path to success, but it can also help reduce college tuition costs. CTE gives learners a competitive advantage for future postsecondary placement and/or employment opportunities.  Hands-on learning experiences are critical components of all CTE preparation programs.



Perkins State Plan for 2020-2025

Last summer RIDE hosted a series of meetings to engage educators, student advocates, industry, and community partners across the state in the development of a Perkins State Plan for 2020 - 2025. Perkins is the primary federal law governing career and technical education (CTE). The next stage in the development of a new state Perkins plan is getting public comment on the full plan.

Please provide any comments using the survey link below. Meetings will take place in February and are open to the public for anyone who would like to participate. A save the date will be sent out as soon as logistics are finalized.

View the State Plan

Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment

In the summer of 2019, RIDE hosted a series of meetings to engage educators, student advocates, industry, and community partners across the state in the development of a Perkins State Plan for 2020 - 2025. Perkins is the primary federal law governing career and technical education (CTE). Additional feedback was gathering through public comment, both in person and in writing.

One of the most significant changes introduced in Perkins V is the new Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment (Needs Assessment). As part of the Rhode Island CTE program approval process later this spring, applicants must first conduct a Needs Assessment to inform the local funding application.

Instructions and supporting documents to complete the Needs Assessment are below and the survey to submit your responses is due (by 11:59PM) June 14, 2020. Extensions are being accepted through June 30 for any LEA in need of more time to complete the Needs Assessment.

To request an extension, please send an email to paul.mcconnell@ride.ri.gov and CTEprogramapproval@ride.ri.gov with the subject line “CLNA Extension.” You will receive a confirmation email if your request is granted. See www.ride.ri.gov/clna for more information.

CTE Funding Sources

Perkins V Funding Application Guide

The Perkins V Funding Application Guide provides instructions for submitting both the 2020 Summer Funding survey (due June 30) and the FY21 Funding Application (rolling deadline through August 2).

Consortium Survey & Summer 2020 Funding Application (Due June 30th)

All LEAs are required to complete the Consortium Survey to indicate whether they will receive their Perkins funds directly or as part of a consortium. The survey also asks LEAs to indicate whether they will set aside any of their funds for Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs).

Summer Funding Application (optional - Due No Later than June 30th)

Programs wishing to expend funds in FY21 prior to the submission/approval of their Funding Application must submit a Summer Funding application. If you will not accrue Perkins expenses between July 1 and August 31, you do not need to submit a Summer Funding Application. 

This abridged application has two main components including budget information and assurances.

FY21 Funding Application 

The new Accelegrants portal for Perkins V is currently under construction and will be ready over the summer to accept applications for the 2020-21 school year. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. 

Applications received by August 1, 2020 will be reviewed by August 15, 2020. Applications received earlier will be reviewed within 10 business days. 

For any LEA who would like to submit a funding application prior to Accelegrants portal opening, paper copies are being accepted on a rolling basis by using this paper-based application and budget. Submit by email to OCCR@ride.ri.gov and Paul.McConnell@ride.ri.gov.

CTE Funding Model

CTE Program Equipment Fund

This fund was established through the CTE Tuition Workgroup in Fall of 2019. It is prioritized for CTE Centers to offset equipment costs in programs that engage students in high-wage-high-demand sectors. For FY20, RIDE will not issue a competitive application for the Equipment Fund. 

Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act

Rhode Island CTE Categorical Fund

Check back frequently for future funding opportunities.

CTE Program Review and Approval Materials

2020-21 School Year CTE Program Approval Process

In an effort to continue to ensure high quality career pathway programming for all RI students, RIDE is releasing a CTE program approval process for the 2020-21 school year for new state-approved programs. These programs, designed to prepare students for careers after high school, may be proposed by any public high school in the state and can be accessed by all Rhode Island students regardless of their home districts.

All programs must submit applications by 10/29. The application includes questions and supporting evidence. Any applications submitted after this deadline will not be considered. RIDE will conduct a completeness check prior to reviewing applications. Any application deemed to be incomplete as of October 29 will not be reviewed in the FY21 cycle. The RIDE CTE program approval team will conduct interviews with applicants in November, as needed.  Programs that meet all requirements as determined in this process will be presented to the CTE Board during its meeting on December 6, 2019 for review and approval. RIDE will make final approval decisions and provide formal notification to programs by December 20, 2019. Program approval will be for a term of up to five years. 

Questions regarding the CTE Program Approval Process can be directed to the Office of College and Career Readiness at CTEProgramApproval@ride.ri.gov.

2020-21 School Year Application Materials

The application is available on ridecteprogramapproval.smapply.org. This platform is an updated version of FluidReview, the platform used in the past. Any existing FluidReview accounts transferred to this new platform so your username and passwords from previous application cycles will work. If you have forgotten your password, it will provide an option to reset. Questions about the application or platform can be sent to CTEProgramApproval@ride.ri.gov.

RIDE will conduct a completeness check prior to reviewing applications. Any application deemed to be incomplete as of October 29 will not be reviewed in the FY21 cycle.

Additional Resources:

CTE Program Standards & Requirements

CTE Programs are required to:

Note: the CTE Board has not yet adopted standards for employability skills. The standards included in the RI Standards and Skills Crosswalk document are potential resources for schools, not requirements. 

CTE Teacher Certification

CTE Teacher Certification Requirements

The Regulations Governing the Certification of Educators in Rhode Island   create a Rhode Island Teacher Certification area in Secondary CTE. These regulations were revised in December 2018 to reflect the following requirements for CTE Teacher Certification areas: 

Requirements for Full CTE Teacher Certification:

Requirement Type Requirement Notes
 Education > Has completed an approved program in this certification area; 
>  Holds the appropriate level of post-secondary education for the CTE area sought as identified by RIDE; 
> Has demonstrated a deep understanding of applicable student standards and proficiency in designing and implementing standards-based instruction and assessment;
 Appropriate Level of Education currently being determined.
 Licenses/Certifications >If applicable, holds a valid occupational license/certification in the career and technical area issued by the appropriate Rhode Island governing body;  
 Teaching Experience > Has completed a minimum of one year residency in this area and a minimum of sixty (60) hours field experience prior to or following residency. Individuals who have successfully completed three years of teaching in RI while holding a CTE Preliminary Certificate are not required to complete a residency;   
 Work Experience > Has five years of work experience in the specific career and technical area if holds a high school diploma. The applicant has three years of work experience in the career and technical area if the applicant holds an associate's or bachelor's degree in the career and technical area;  
Tests > Has demonstrated the pedagogical competencies of the Rhode Island Professional Teaching Standards (RIPTS); 
> Has demonstrated content and pedagogical competencies as prescribed by the appropriate association for the specific career and technical area, when available;. Has met all pedagogy and subject matter testing requirements for this certification area.
> Individuals who hold advanced state issued licenses or advanced industry certificates are not required to complete subject matter testing requirements.
> Any work experience or degree completed more than ten (10) years prior to the date of application must meet subject matter testing requirements regardless of other licenses held.


Requirements for Preliminary CTE Teacher Certification: 

Requirement Area   Requirement
 Education > The applicant holds a high school diploma or a high school equivalency diploma 
 Licenses/Certificates  > If applicable, the applicant holds a valid occupational license/certification in the career and technical area issued by the appropriate Rhode Island governing body
 Teaching Experience  The employing agency must provide induction support for all new Career and Technical Educators working under this certificate
 Work Experience > The applicant must have five (5) years of work experience in the career and technical area if he or she holds high school diploma.
> The applicant must have three (3) years of work experience in the specific career and technical area if the applicant holds and associate's or bachelor's degree in the career and technical area
 Testing  n/a

The Career and Technical Education Preliminary Certificate is issued in a specific career and technical education area of certification to individuals who have demonstrated accomplished practice through an apprenticeship and experience in the specific career and technical area and who have passed a written and practical exam in the career and technical field, when applicable.The Career and Technical Education Preliminary Certificate is valid for three (3) years and may be renewed one time for four (4) years. 

Conditions for Renewal

  • The applicant is enrolled in a preparation program prior to renewal and must demonstrate progress in the preparation program at the time of renewal. 
  • The preparation program and the employing agency recommend renewal based on the educator’s performance in the job and progress in the program. 
  • The applicant has passed a written practical exam in the career and technical area when available and applicable. Applicants who hold advanced industry licenses issued by the appropriate Rhode Island governing body or advanced industry certificates are not required to complete subject matter testing. If a bachelor's degree or work experience was completed more than ten (10) years prior to the date of application, subject matter testing will be required, even if it otherwise would not have been required.


CTE Teacher Certification Areas

RI currently has CTE teacher certification areas in the following areas: 

Cluster Cert Area Cert # Code
Architecture & Construction Electrical Installation 11404 14
Architecture & Construction Air Conditioner and Refrigeration 11404 2
Architecture & Construction Architectural Drafting 11404 3
Architecture & Construction Building Construction Trades 11404 6
Architecture & Construction Building Trades Maintenance 11404 7
Architecture & Construction Cabinet Making and Millwork 11404 8
Architecture & Construction Carpentry 11404 9
Architecture & Construction Plumbing & Heating 11404 23
Architecture & Construction Woodworking 11404 31
Arts, A/V Technology & Communications Graphic Arts 11404 17
Arts, A/V Technology & Communications Audiovisual Communications Technologies/Technician 11404 35
Business Management, Administration, & Finance Advertising & Design 11404 1
Business Management, Administration, & Finance Cosmetology 11404 11
Business Management, Administration, & Finance Marketing, Marketing Management 11404 34
Business Management, Administration, & Finance Office Occupations 11404 22
Environmental and Life Sciences Agriculture 11404 38
Environmental and Life Sciences Biotechnology 11404 37
Health Sciences / Medical Pathways Heallth Occupations 11404 18
Hospitality & Tourism Hotel / Hospitality Management 11404 32
Hospitality & Tourism Quantity Food Preparation 11404 25
Hospitality & Tourism Vocational Baking 11404 29
IT Computer Technology 11404 10
IT Electronic Technology 11404 16
IT Electronics Communication 11404 15
IT Webpage, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design 11404 36
Law, Public Safety, and Government Criminal Justice 11404 33
Manufacturing & Marine Technology Drafting Operations 11404 12
Manufacturing & Marine Technology Machine Drafting 11404 19
Manufacturing & Marine Technology Machine Metal 11404 20
Manufacturing & Marine Technology Machine Trades 11404 21
Manufacturing & Marine Technology Sheet Metal 11404 26
Manufacturing & Marine Technology Textiles 11404 28
Manufacturing & Marine Technology Welding 11404 30
Manufacturing & Marine Technology Marine Maintenance / Ship Technology / Technician 11404 39
STEM Engineering 11404 40
Transportation, Distribution & Logistics Auto Body Repair 11404 4
Transportation, Distribution & Logistics Auto Mechanics 11404 5
Transportation, Distribution & Logistics Small Engine Repair 11404 27
Transportation, Distribution & Logistics Printing 11404 24


Please see this list for required teacher certification areas for each Career Field Program.

For questions on CTE teacher certification, please contact:

Paul Williams, Career & Technical Education Specialist

CTE Program Quality Reports and Accountability System

In December 2018, The CTE Board of Trustees endorsed a publicly available CTE Program Accountability system that reports out on key metrics to help students and families better understand their options for CTE programs. The metrics include: 

  • Completion rate​
  • Percent of concentrators (students who take two or more courses in a sequence) who earn a CTE Board-recognized credential​
  • Graduation rate​
  • Percent of concentrators (students who take two or more courses in a sequence)  who graduate from high school (Perkins)​
  • Postsecondary outcome​
  • Employment or college enrollment in second quarter after secondary completion (Perkins)​
  • Percent of graduates earning a living wage [pending analysis of feasibility]​
  • Equity​
  • Participation gap: difference between a group’s representation among CTE participants and their representation in the entire school’s population​
  • Completion gap: difference between a group’s representation among CTE completers and their representation in the entire school’s population​
  • Groups measured: race, poverty status, sex, disability status, English Learner status

The system will be piloted with 2017-18 program data to be released in  Summer 2019. 


CTE Board of Trustees - Members & Meetings

Career and Technical Education (CTE) Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is advises the Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Board of Education regarding strengthening the state plan for CTE by creating a system of career and technical education that prepares students to meet the evolving needs of Rhode Island's employers. CTE Board Meetings are public. Please see the upcoming meeting schedule below. 

2019-20 Meeting Schedule
(Last updated 1/10/20)




November 8, 2019


North Kingstown High School

December 6, 2019


Smithfield High School

January 10, 2020


Woonsocket Area Career & Technical Center

February 7, 2020
*CTE Awareness Month


Barrington High School

March 6, 2020


Portsmouth High School

March 31, 2020


RI Convention Center

May 1, 2020


Westerly High School

May 29, 2020


Burrillville High School

Governor's Workforce Board Priority Sectors

Career and Technical Education programs strive to prepare students for success in life and employment in Rhode Island. This means identifying career fields and skills aligned to Rhode Island's industries and economy. In approving programs, and in distributing resources such as state categorical funding, RIDE prioritizes programs that address critical industry sectors in Rhode Island, as identified by the Department of Labor and Training in conjunction with the Commerce Corporation and adopted by the Governor's Workforce Board. Currently, the following sectors are identified as Priority Sectors: 

  • Bioscience
  • Business (as support for all sectors)
  • Construction
  • Defense
  • Education 
  • Healthcare 
  • Hospitality and Tourism 
  • Information Technology 
  • Manufacturing 
  • Marine Trades 

These sectors are sometimes referred to as "High Wage, High Demand" sectors for various purposes. 

The table below identifies CTE Board Career Fields that are aligned with the Priority Sectors. 

CTE Board Sector/Cluster CTE Board Career Field GWB Sector Alignment
Architecture & Construction Electrical Apprentice Yes (Construction)
Architecture & Construction HVAC Apprentice Yes (Construction)
Architecture & Construction Junior Carpenter Helper Yes (Construction)
Architecture & Construction Plumber Apprentice Yes (Construction)
Architecture & Construction Sheet Metal Apprentice Yes (Construction)
Architecture & Construction Welder – Entry-level Yes (Construction)
Arts, A/V Technology & Communications Graphic Communications Technology: Advertising/Marketing Yes (Information Technology)
Arts, A/V Technology & Communications Graphic Communications Technology: Audio/Video Yes (Information Technology)
Arts, A/V Technology & Communications Graphic Communications Technology: Design & Web/Print E –Commerce Yes (Information Technology)
Arts, A/V Technology & Communications Graphic Communications Technology: Print Manufacturing – Pre-Production Yes (Information Technology)
Arts, A/V Technology & Communications Graphic Communications Technology: Print Manufacturing – Production Yes (Information Technology)
Arts, A/V Technology & Communications Graphic Communications Technology: Sales/Support staff Yes (Information Technology)
Business Management, Administration, & Finance Accounting Clerk, Entry-Level Banking Yes (supports all GWB priority sectors)
Education, Training, and Human Services Education (Education, Child Care, Teacher Assistant) Yes (Education)
Environmental and Life Sciences Animal Science Veterinary Assistant, Lab Animal Caretaker Yes (Bioscience)
Environmental and Life Sciences Aquaculture / Agricultural and Food Science Technician Yes (Bioscience)
Environmental and Life Sciences Bioscience Yes (Bioscience)
Environmental and Life Sciences Plant Science – Landscaper & Groundskeeper Yes (Bioscience)
Environmental and Life Sciences Process Technician (Chemical Manufacturing, Research & Development) Yes (Bioscience)
Health Sciences / Medical Pathways Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Yes (Healthcare)
Health Sciences / Medical Pathways Certified Patient Care Technician (CPCT), provisional license Yes (Healthcare)
Health Sciences / Medical Pathways Community Health Worker Yes (Healthcare)
Health Sciences / Medical Pathways Dental Hygienist Yes (Healthcare)
Health Sciences / Medical Pathways Emergency Medical Technician Yes (Healthcare)
Hospitality & Tourism Culinary – Baker Yes (Hospitality and Tourism)
Hospitality & Tourism Culinary – Line Cook Yes (Hospitality and Tourism)
Hospitality & Tourism Culinary – Prep Cook Yes (Hospitality and Tourism)
Hospitality & Tourism Hotel Operations Yes (Hospitality and Tourism)
Hospitality & Tourism Hotel Operations – Guest Room Service Agent Yes (Hospitality and Tourism)
Hospitality & Tourism Hotel Operations – Laundry Attendant Yes (Hospitality and Tourism)
Hospitality & Tourism Hotel Operations – Room Attendant Yes (Hospitality and Tourism)
Hospitality & Tourism Restaurant Operations Yes (Hospitality and Tourism)
Hospitality & Tourism Tourism – Amusement and Recreation Attendant Yes (Hospitality and Tourism)
Hospitality & Tourism Tourism – Tour Guide Yes (Hospitality and Tourism)
Hospitality & Tourism Tourism – Travel Agent Yes (Hospitality and Tourism)
Information Technology Entry-level Network (Cisco-Certified Network Associate – CCNA) Yes (Information Technology)
Information Technology Entry-level Software/Web Developer Yes (Information Technology)
Information Technology Information Technology Specialist Yes (Information Technology)
Information Technology Information Technology Specialist (cont.) Yes (Information Technology)
Law, Public Safety, and Government Emergency Medical Technician Yes (Healthcare)
Law, Public Safety, and Government Military Yes (Defense)
Manufacturing Electronics Assembly Technician Yes (Manufacturing)
Manufacturing Electronics Assembly Technician Yes (Manufacturing)
Manufacturing Entry-level and above for any logistical function Yes (Manufacturing)
Manufacturing Entry-level and above in metalworking industry or function Yes (Manufacturing)
Manufacturing Entry-level and above Production Manufacturing Specialist Yes (Manufacturing)
Manufacturing Entry-level Machinist Yes (Manufacturing)
Manufacturing Entry-level Manufacturing and above Yes (Manufacturing)
Manufacturing Entry-level Manufacturing and above (Machinists and Tool & Die Makers) Yes (Manufacturing)
Manufacturing Technician Yes (Manufacturing)
Marine Technology Boat Building Yes (Marine Trades)
Marine Technology Composites Yes (Marine Trades)
Marine Technology Systems Yes (Marine Trades)
STEM/STEAM Engineer (Preparation) Yes (Defense)

CTE Regulations and Guidance

CTE Report Cover

The Rhode Island Board of Regents for Elementary and Secondary Education approved and adopted, effective July 1, 2012, the Board of Regents Regulations Governing Career and Technical Education (CTE) in Rhode Island, which supersedes all previous rules and regulations pertaining to career and technical education and vocational education.

Associated guidance materials have been developed to support LEAs and CTE Centers implement, high quality, rigorous technical programs.

CTE Center and School-based Programs

List of Programs

Group shot of doctors, business people, fire fighters, construction workers, and police officers.

The list by transportation regions includes provisionally approved CTE programs, and other programs offered in CTE centers, secondary high schools and charter schools.  These programs in Rhode Island are primary providers of CTE career preparation programs. LEAs are responsible for ensuring that all age/grade-appropriate students and their parents are provided with CTE program information as a meaningful secondary school educational option. Additionally, LEAs must provide parents and students with information about application processes, enrollment periods and application deadlines. The 2012 CTE Regulations require LEAs to provide for increased student access to statewide RIDE-approved career preparation programs.

Career and Technical Education Transportation Regions

Map of Rhode Island with districts named and outlined

Click here for more program information available in each region.

Career Education Programming

Career education programming can take many forms and accomplish various goals for students. Three types of career programs are shared below. 

AWARENESS: Career awareness activities include education and counseling programs that help students make informed career choices and inform their decisions to enroll in educational and technical courses of study. Career awareness activities provide opportunities for students to explore the world of work, careers, and specific jobs. Career awareness activities may include, but are not limited to, career interest inventories, job searches and job shadowing. Career awareness activities shall follow the guidance provided by the Rhode Island Frameworks for School Counseling.

EXPLORATION: Career exploration activities provide students with both an in-depth, focused investigation of careers and work and the opportunity to experience careers and/or learn basic job skills. Career exploration activities allow students to discover career interests and strengths and to plan the appropriate subjects, courses, disciplines and applied learning skills needed to reach their goals. Career exploration activities can be delivered in a wide array of settings, including but not limited to internships, job-shadow programs, and/or enrollment in one or two introductory career and technical courses.

PREPARATION: Career preparation programs are the most intense level of career and technical educational services available to secondary students. Career preparation programs provide students with rigorous academic and technical training and deep preparation for entry into post-secondary education, training programs, and/or careers. Career preparation programs are distinguished from career awareness and career exploration programs and activities by the depth and rigor of the education and technical training provided, the number of contact hours and/or sequenced, non-duplicative courses that focus on skill development in a single career-based or occupational area, and the opportunity to earn industry-recognized credentials whenever applicable to the program, and/or post-secondary credits, and/or advanced standing in training programs or jobs.



Busniess people shaking hands.

Ongoing relationships among secondary and postsecondary education, business, families, special populations and other community stakeholders are central to career preparation programs.

Collaborative partnerships:

  • include formal and/or informal relationships as necessary for supporting quality career and technical education programs; and
  • reflect the community and is representative of key stakeholders.

Partnerships between RIDE, RI Department of Labor & Training, RI Governor’s Workforce Board, Workforce Partnership of Greater Rhode Island, Workforce Solutions of Providence/Cranston, businesses and secondary schools strengthen CTE programs by providing students and teachers with insights on the specific skills employers are seeking from today’s workforce. Internship programs and lecture series with local businesses increase student interest in career paths and provide students with valuable experiences they can apply to post-graduation employment.

Reports, Research and Information

Student Organizations

Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA)

Tom Gauthier, State Advisor
Johnson and Wales – T-401-598-4909

DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. DECA enhances the preparation for college and careers by providing co-curricular programs that integrate into the classroom instruction, applying learning in the context of business, connecting to business and the community, and promoting competition. DECA members leverage their experiences to become academically prepared, community oriented, professionally responsible, experienced leaders aspiring to prepare more than 203,000 high school and college members for college and careers. DECA advisors, in 5,000 classrooms, employ DECA’s guiding principles. These principles explain the methods for implementing DECA in classrooms and the expected outcomes.  The Carl D. Perkins Act uniquely recognizes DECA as an integral strategy for delivering successful career and Technical Education programs in high schools and colleges.

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)

Marie M. Birch, CFCS, State Advisor
35 Woodbine Street, Cranston, Rhode Island 02910 – T-401-935-4566 – F- 401-785-4696

FCCLA is a national Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) promoting personal growth and leadership development through Family and Consumer Sciences education. Focusing on the multiple roles of family member, wage earner and community leader, members develop skills for life through character development, creative and critical thinking, interpersonal communication, practical knowledge, community service and career preparation. It is the only in-school student run organization with the family and community as its central focus.

This organization helps students prepare for life after graduation by making them productive community members, employees, businesspersons, and responsible family members. FCCLA teaches students to be strong, independent, and hardworking leaders of tomorrow.  Members have been making a difference in their families, careers, and communities by addressing important personal, work, and societal issues.

The organizations purposes are:

  • To provide opportunities for personal development and preparation for adult life
  • To strengthen the function of the family as a basic unit of society
  • To encourage democracy through cooperative action in the home and community
  • To encourage individual and group involvement in helping achieve global cooperation and harmony
  • To promote greater understanding between youth and adults
  • To provide opportunities for making decisions and for assuming responsibilities
  • To prepare for the multiple roles of men and women in today's society

FCCLA is open to young men and women, in public and private schools through grade12 in RI and across the United States. This student organization has over 225,000 across all 50 states as well as in the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. It provides opportunities for active students to participate at local, state, and national levels through school chapters, state executive board, conferences and over 28 national competitive events. FCCLA is the Ultimate Leadership Experience.

Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)

Dr. Robert Brooks, State Advisor

Approximately 600 FBLA-PBL students participate in business/career-related experiences, state workshops and conferences and competitive events. Students have opportunities to compete to prepare a business plan, develop desktop publishing and accounting skills or select a performance event.  Workshops are held to assist students to understand business, personal finance and leadership, as examples. A State Leadership Conference offers students the opportunity to compete in specific events.

FBLA members are enrolled in a local high school and follow a required course of study.  FBLA is a co-curricular opportunity which enhances students’ academic and technical skill development and is consistent with National Standards for Business Education. PBL students have academic advisers, provided by their colleges/universities, to guide them with course selections and participation in the organization.

FBLA policy states that “student membership is open to all full-time secondary students in business/business-related programs regardless of race, creed, color, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, or disability.”

Future Farmers of America (FFA)

Stacie Pepperd, State Advisor
455 Switch Road, Wood River Junction, Rhode Island 02894 – T-401-364-6869 – F-401-364-1191

FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. To accomplish its mission, FFA:

  • Develops competent and assertive agricultural leadership.
  • Increases awareness of the global and technological importance of agriculture and its contribution to our well-being.
  • Strengthens the confidence of agriculture students in themselves and their work.
  • Promotes the intelligent choice and establishment of an agricultural career.
  • Encourages achievement in supervised agricultural experience programs.
  • Encourages wise management of economic, environmental and human resources of the community.
  • Develops interpersonal skills in teamwork, communications, human relations and social interaction.
  • Builds character and promotes citizenship, volunteerism and patriotism.
  • Promotes cooperation and cooperative attitudes among all people.
  • Promotes healthy lifestyles.
  • Encourages excellence in scholarship

The FFA Organization has chapters in five Rhode Island high schools: Chariho, Exeter-West Greenwich, Narragansett, Ponaganset and Scituate.

RI Hospitality Education Foundation

Heather Singleton, Coordinator
94 Sabra Street, Cranston, RI 02920 – T-401-223-1120

RIHEF works with seven (7) schools in Rhode Island as identified by the chart above. ProStart is a two year food service management program that requires 400 hours of hands on learning experience, and passage of the national examination both in first year and second year of the program in order to earn a nationally recognized certification from the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation.  If certification is earned, students qualify for collegiate credit and scholarships at various colleges and universities throughout the United States.  The Hospitality & Tourism Management program is also a two year program that focuses on the overall hospitality, lodging, and travel/tourism industry. This program is parallel to the ProStart program in which national certification is earned from the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute.  The RI Hospitality Education Foundation also has a pool of over 700 local employers that support our education and training efforts throughout the State. 

Junior Achievement of Rhode Island (JA)

Lee Lewis, President
120 Waterman Street, Suite 200, Providence, RI 02906 – T-401-331-3850 – F-401-351-9860

Junior Achievement of Rhode Island serves to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. JA is the world's largest K-12 organization dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, student centered programs.

As high school students begin to position themselves for their future, there are many unanswered questions about what lies ahead. Junior Achievement's high school programs help students make informed, intelligent decisions about their future, and fosters skills that will be highly useful in the business world. With a range of different programs, JA teaches about concepts relating to entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and work readiness. The volunteers bring real-life business experience and guidance into the classroom at a time that represents an essential crossroads for young people. 

SkillsUSA Rhode Island

Joshua Klemp, Director
CCRI, 400 East Avenue, Warwick, RI 02886 – T-401-825-2316 – F-401-825-1117 – C-401-641-4477

SkillsUSA Rhode Island is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA RI helps each student excel.  The RI association of SkillsUSA is part of a national nonprofit organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations. It was formerly known as VICA (Vocational Industrial Clubs of America). With an annual membership that surpasses 6,000 annually, SkillsUSA RI is the state’s largest career and technical student organization. We provide a nationally recognized employability skills curriculum to our student members and students are able to showcase their skills to business and industry through our SkillsUSA RI Championships. The championships are comprised of more than 50 different competitive events and requires the dedication.

Technology Student Association (TSA)

Matt Moniz, State Co-Advisor
Ricci Middle School - 51 Intervale Ave., North Providence, RI 02911 – 401-233-1170

John Marsula, State, Co-Advisor
Riverside Middle School - 179 Forbes St., Riverside, RI 02915 - 401-433-6230

The national TSA is the only student organization devoted exclusively to the needs of students interested in technology. Open to students enrolled in or who have completed technology education courses, TSA’s membership includes over 150,000 middle and high school students in 2,000 schools. The Technology Student Association of RI has introduced and perfected a diverse variety of different types of career and technical education skills. Students participating in the program compete in an annual TSA State Competition involving a wide array of technical challenges. Participating students learn through these exciting competitive events and leadership opportunities. In addition, the State Competitions have improved not only in the growth of student participants but also in the number and variety of technical challenges.

Adult Skills Programs

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Vocational Training for Adults (VTA) is in place to strengthen the academic and technical skills of adults so that adults completing a career and technical education (CTE) VTA program are able to seek employment in a high skill/wage work environment or advance in an existing career. Types of career clusters in which VTA students are trained to succeed include medical pathways, advanced manufacturing, medical record keeping and advanced construction.

CTE is part of PrepareRI, a statewide initiative 
to build career pathways for all Rhode Island youth. 
Learn more about PrepareRI at www.prepare-ri.org.