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Rhode Island Classroom #301

On this edition of Rhode Island Classroom, host Nicole Muri takes a walk with the Walking School Bus as it takes a spin and picks up students at a Providence elementary school.  A fun, but also functional program helping to curb chronic absenteeism. 

Next, we explore a unique boat-building program at the Herreshoff Marine Museum in Bristol.  Using STEM education curriculum, high school students are learning to build boats.  This program, sponsored by Jobs in RI and the RI Marine Trades Association is also building a love for this unique, hands-on trade in the hopes of filling in-demand jobs right here in Rhode Island.

Then we batten down the hatches and learn about another high school program involving the marine trades.  This time, the Warwick Area Career and Tech Center, housed at Toll Gate High School, is where we find students learning about ship building.  Their marine trades program is a career pathway with a curriculum the school built with the help of Electric Boat.  This partnership has created a direct pipeline from the school to Electric Boat and other local employers.

Finally, we head down to the University of Rhode Island where we learn about a new program in their arsenal.  The Peace Corps Prep program is one that is open to students of any major who want to consider international service with the Peace Corps post-graduation.  The Peace Corps has become more competitive in recent years, and this program helps students to prepare for their application to the Peace Corps while at the same time encouraging University of Rhode Island students to be global leaders. 

Marine Trades:  The Warwick Area Career and Technical Center has several career pathways, but for this show we explore their marine trades program.  The marine trades are an important job field here in the Ocean State.  Find out how the state has connected this career pathway program with employers at Electric Boat so that these students leave high school ready to walk in the door and get a job!

Hereshoff Boat building:  This after-school program ignites interest in high school students as well…in boat building.  Students from across the state come to the Hereshoff Marine Museum in Bristol to learn how to build a boat.  They incorporate their science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) skills to manufacture a boat from the first board to the final product.  A hands-on extension of their education that sparks an interest and builds skills in several potential job sectors.

Peace Corps Program at URI:   Hundreds of URI graduates have gone on after graduation to join the Peace Corps since it was founded in 1961.  In 2016 though, URI signed on with the Peace Corps to create a “Peace Corp Prep” program, the only one in the state at that time.  The program creates a framework that connects course work with hands-on experience, as well as professional and leadership development. 

The Walking School Bus:  Getting students to school is not always an easy task!  Take a walk with us as we join the “walking school bus” at Fogarty Elementary School in Providence on their morning journey to pick children up at their doors and walk them to school.  First and foremost, this program curbs chronic absenteeism in the school, but also promotes daily exercise and positive relationships between these young children and the volunteers who walk and talk with them each morning.  

Rhode Island ClassroomRhode Island Classroom

Rhode Island Classroom explores the latest technology, lessons, and people who are making the grade in Rhode Island's Kindergarten through grade 12 classrooms. Produced by WSBE Rhode Island PBS, Rhode Island Classroom is a half-hour quarterly series that introduces stand-out teachers who are inspiring students, break-through courses offered in area schools, and new, exciting programs that are motivating students to succeed.

Nicole Muri SearlesNicole Muri SearlesProducer: Nicole has vast experience in television as a reporter, anchor and producer covering some of the biggest stories in New England. A native Rhode Islander, she is happiest telling local stories that make an impact. Nicole brings tremendous storytelling acumen to the programs she produces including, Community Conversations, Rhode Island Classroom and Our Town, a Rhode Island favorite.

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