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The workforce is evolving, effectively posing big challenges for students transitioning from high school and into college or the professional world. New industries are emerging, and accelerated digital transformation is forcing industries to change their practices. As a result, inequities are being created where students, particularly those from underserved communities, do not have access to opportunities that will expose them to these changing industries and in-demand jobs. The result is a lack of critical skills needed to succeed and a general lack of knowledge and exposure to what in-demand jobs entail.

How can we design an engaging program during out-of-school time hours that will give high school students access to career exploration where they can learn skills and gain exposure to in-demand jobs?

  • How can we make career exploration fun? How can we provide an engaging, hands-on experience for high school students? What tools or resources are necessary for a program to be successful?
  • Can we collaborate with local colleges to give college students the opportunity to mentor and teach high school students while also gaining exposure to the field of education?
  • How can we incentivize high school and college students to participate (wages or class credit)?
  • What fields are the most in-demand right now in Rhode Island?
  • How can we engage employers in those fields to participate in a solution?
  • How can we create a successful hybrid model, in which students will have the opportunity to participate both virtually and in-person throughout the program?
  • What are strategies to ensure that all students have equitable access to this program?
  • How will we know if the program has been successful?

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide students and parents with access to career education and exploration.

Corporation Departments

Marketing & Communication

  • Brett Quinn
    Cranston Area Career Technical Center
  • Jededia Purnell
    Classical High School
  • Makayla Pope
    Paul Cuffee Upper School
  • Nicolas Hernandez
    North Providence High School

Business & Finance

  • Arianna St.Pierre
    Blackstone Valley Prep High School
  • Javiera Carreno
    William M. Davies Jr. Career-Technical High School
  • Vickaury Baez
    Providence Career and Technical Academy

Research & Development

  • Alfred Menard
    Ponaganset High School
  • Derek Cooper
    Cranston Area Career Technical Center
  • Haneen Mousa
    RI Nurses Institute Middle College
  • Julien Crique
    Lincoln Senior High School
  • sophia Dewornu
    North Providence High School


  • Gabriella Giuliano
    East Greenwich High School
  • Maleah Sena
    Coventry High School
  • Zachary Guzman
    Cumberland High School
  • Rachel Ouellette
    Mount Hope High School
  • Brenda Caceres
    The MET School - Providence



Pauline Abetti

Director of Career Pathways, Governor's Workforce Board of Rhode Island

Rebecca Compton

Marketing Director, Dr. Day Care

Allison Ingalsbe

Design Thinking Coach and Facilitator, Allison Ingalsbe Creative Strategies

Amy Vogul

Chief Operating Officer, Dr. Day Care

Business Coaches

Mark Bireley

Consultant & MATE Retail Manager, Fisher College Professor & Coach Trader Joe's/Fisher College

Shana Bloom

Educational Consultant, Bloom2 Prosper Counseling & Educational Consulting