Providence Career and Technical Academy is one of New Englands premier technical high schools, providing students with both a high-quality academic education and state-of-the-art technical training. Students get training in any one of the schools nine available technical training programs and graduate with both a traditional high school diploma and industry-recognized certification in their chosen field.
Senator Reed says career and technical education (CTE) programs are a key element of ensuring Rhode Island has a highly-skilled workforce that can meet labor market needs and that young people can find in-demand jobs that pay good wages and benefits and offer opportunities for career advancement.
Last year, Reed, a member of the Appropriations Committee, helped secure $5.2 million in federal funding to help Rhode Island career and technical schools throughout the state prepare students to compete for in-demand jobs. But Reed says federal funding could decline because of the federal across-the-board budget cuts known as sequestration. Reed is also looking for Rhode Island input to strengthen career and technical education programs as part of the upcoming reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.
Senator Reed is also encouraging Rhode Island schools and workforce partners to apply for a new Youth CareerConnect grant program, which will provide $100 million in competitive grants to better integrate academic and career-focused learning, work-based learning opportunities, robust employer engagement, and apprenticeships. The $100 million fund has been created from the revenues the government gets from processing H-1B visas. It's expected to fund 25 to 40 grants nationwide for individual or multi-site projects that will be carried out by local education agencies, public or non-profit local workforce entities or nonprofits with education reform experience. The partnerships must include a local education agency, workforce investment system entity, an employer, and an institution of higher learning. The awards will be made in early 2014, so collaborations can get under way during the 2014-15 school year.