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RI Speaker, Reps Visit Worcester Tech for Ideas to Improve Tech Ed

Saturday, April 12, 2014

 

Several Rhode Island legislators visited Worcester Technical High School on Friday seeking ideas to strengthen technical career education in Rhode Island.

House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello, Rep. Lisa P. Tomasso (D-Dist. 29), Rep. Marvin L. Abney (D-Dist. 73) and Rep. Patricia L. Morgan (R-Dist. 26) visited the facility to get a firsthand look at a technical school that has received national attention for its innovative programs, community and business partnerships and its remarkable turnaround from one of its city’s lowest-performing schools to one of the best in the country.

The legislators, who were joined by Rhode Island small-business leaders Gary Ezovski of Lincoln Environmental Properties in North Smithfield, Ronald Caniglia of STAND Corporation in Warwick, and Robert Baldwin of R.B. Homes in Lincoln, toured the school to gather ideas that could be used to help Rhode Island technical schools achieve similar success.

24 career and technical programs

Worcester Technical High offers 24 career and technical programs that include bio-science, allied health, veterinary, automobile, telecommunications, electrical, construction, cosmetology, carpentry, plumbing and advanced manufacturing services. Its $90 million, 400,000-square-foot campus includes features such as a public veterinary clinic partnered with Tufts University, state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities and large-scale graphic-design equipment. The school’s campus includes many facilities that serve the public, and the school partners with local businesses, nonprofits and higher-education institutions to allow students real-world learning opportunities.

Principal Dr. Sheila Harrity – the 2014 MetLife National Association of Secondary School Principals National High School Principal of the Year and a Providence College graduate – told the group about the progress that has put their school on the map, most notably its 96-percent graduation rate, up from 35 percent in 2006. In 2006, only 27 percent of the school’s students were proficient in English and 35 percent in math, while in 2013 the students reached 92 percent proficiency in English and 84 percent in math. Now, 77 percent of its graduates go on to college. 

Top public education facility

The school was recognized in 2006 by School Planning and Management magazine, rating the facility as the No. 1 public education facility in the nation, and in 2011, the school was selected as a MetLife National Association of Secondary School Principals Breakthrough School, a distinction given to five high schools from across the country for outstanding student growth in high-poverty areas. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan visited the school last month to hail its success, and President Obama, who has called for strengthened career and technical education, is slated to give the school’s commencement address this June.

“It was great to see a successful combination of excellent college-preparatory courses and career technical learning provided to students,” said Speaker Mattiello (D-Dist. 15, Cranston). “This school is an incredible example of the opportunities that become available to students when schools reach out to the community and forge relationships with businesses, universities and other organizations.” 

 

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The data below reflects the 2012-13 academic year as provided by the Rhode Island Dept of Education. Values have been rounded to the nearest whole percent.

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#49 Ponaganset HS

North Scituate, RI

Total enrollment: 722

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 0.0%
Asian/Pacific Islander: <1%
Black: <1%
Hispanic: <1%
Two or more races: 0.0%
White: 99%

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#48 Scituate HS

Scituate, RI

Total enrollment: 491

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 0.0%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 1.0%
Black: 1.0%
Hispanic: 0.0%
Two or more races: 0.0%
White: 97.0%

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#47 Tiverton HS

Tiverton, RI

Total enrollment: 570

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 0.0%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 1.0%
Black: 1.0%
Hispanic: 1.0%
Two or more races: 1.0%
White: 95%

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#46 Coventry HS

Coventry, RI

Total enrollment: 1,694

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 0.0%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 0.0%
Black: 2.0%
Hispanic: 2.0%
Two or more races: 1.0%
White: 95.0%

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#45 Burrillville HS

Burrillville, RI

Total enrollment: 700

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 0.0%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 1.0%
Black: 1.0%
Hispanic: 2.0%
Two or more races: 1.0%
White: 95.0%

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#44 Exeter-West Greenwich

West Greenwich, RI

Total enrollment: 652

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 1.0%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 1.0%
Black: 1.0%
Hispanic: 3.0%
Two or more races: 0.0%
White: 95.0%

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#43 Chariho Regional HS

Wood River Junction, RI

Total enrollment: 1,136

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 1.0%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 1.0%
Black: 1.0%
Hispanic: 2.0%
Two or more races: 1.0%
White: 94.0%

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#42 North Kingstown HS

North Kingstown, RI

Total enrollment: 1,454

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 0.0%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 1.0%
Black: 2.0%
Hispanic: 3.0%
Two or more races: 1.0%
White: 93.0%

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#41 Mt. Hope HS

Bristol, RI

Total enrollment: 1,031

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 0.0%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 0.0%
Black: 2.0%
Hispanic: 4.0%
Two or more races: 1.0%
White: 92.0%

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#40 Narragansett HS

Narragansett, RI

Total enrollment: 462

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 0.0%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 1.0%
Black: 1.0%
Hispanic: 4.0%
Two or more races: 2.0%
White: 92.0%

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#39 Barrington HS

Barrington, RI

Total enrollment: 1,037

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 0.0%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 5.0%
Black: 1.0%
Hispanic: 1.0%
Two or more races: 1.0%
White: 92.0%

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#38 Smithfield Senior HS

Smithfield, RI

Total enrollment: 772

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 0.0%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 1.0%
Black: 2.0%
Hispanic: 3.0%
Two or more races: 2.0%
White: 92.0%

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#37 Portsmouth HS

Portsmouth, RI

Total enrollment: 974

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 1.0%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 2.0%
Black: 3.0%
Hispanic: 2.0%
Two or more races: 0.0%
White: 92.0%

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#36 Lincoln Senior HS

Lincoln, RI

Total enrollment: 1,067

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 0.0%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 0.0%
Black: 2.0%
Hispanic: 6.0%
Two or more races: 1.0%
White: 91.0%

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#35 North Smithfield HS

North Smithfield, RI

Total enrollment: 550

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 0.0%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 2.0%
Black: 1.0%
Hispanic: 5.0%
Two or more races: 2.0%
White: 91.0%

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#34 Warwick Vets HS

Warwick Veterans Memorial HS, Warwick RI

Total enrollment: 992

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 0.0%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 3.0%
Black: 2.0%
Hispanic: 5.0%
Two or more races: 1.0%
White: 89.0%

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#33 Toll Gate HS

Warwick, RI

Total enrollment: 982

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 0.0%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 3.0%
Black: 3.0%
Hispanic: 6.0%
Two or more races: 1.0%
White: 87.0%

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#32 Pilgrim HS

Warwick, RI

Total enrollment: 1,078

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 0.0%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 3.0%
Black: 2.0%
Hispanic: 7.0%
Two or more races: 2.0%
White: 86.0%

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#31 South Kingstown HS

South Kingstown, RI

Total enrollment: 1,095

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 3.0%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 2.0%
Black: 2.0%
Hispanic: 4.0%
Two or more races: 4.0%
White: 86.0%

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#30 Cranston HS West

Cranston, RI

Total enrollment: 1,629

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 0.0%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 3.0%
Black: 2.0%
Hispanic: 8.0%
Two or more races: 1.0%
White: 85.0%

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#29 East Greenwich HS

East Greenwich, RI

Total enrollment: 766

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 0.0%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 6.0%
Black: 1.0%
Hispanic: 5.0%
Two or more races: 3.0%
White: 85.0%

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#28 Westerly HS

Westerly, RI

Total enrollment: 941

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 1.0%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 6.0%
Black: 2.0%
Hispanic: 4.0%
Two or more races: 3.0%
White: 85.0%

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#27 Cumberland HS

Cumberland, RI

Total enrollment: 1,403

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 0.0%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 2.0%
Black: 2.0%
Hispanic: 8.0%
Two or more races: 4.0%
White: 84.0%

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#26 West Warwick HS

West Warwick Senior HS, West Warwick, RI

Total enrollment: 982

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 1.0%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 2.0%
Black: 3.0%
Hispanic: 11.0%
Two or more races: 1.0%
White: 82.0%

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#25 Johnston Senior HS

Johnston, RI

Total enrollment: 903

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 0.0%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 2.0%
Black: 5.0%
Hispanic: 13.0%
Two or more races: 0.0%
White: 80.0%

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#24 Beacon Charter HS

Beacon Charter High School For The Arts, Woonsocket, RI

Total enrollment: 230

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 1.0%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 3.0%
Black: 6.0%
Hispanic: 10.0%
Two or more races: 1.0%
White: 80.0%

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#23 Middletown HS

Middletown, RI

Total enrollment: 737

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 0.0%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 3.0%
Black: 7.0%
Hispanic: 9.0%
Two or more races: 4.0%
White: 78.0%

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#22 East Providence HS

East Providence, RI

Total enrollment: 1,564

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 1.0%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 1.0%
Black: 13.0%
Hispanic: 5.0%
Two or more races: 3.0%
White: 77.0%

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#21 Acad. for Career Exp.

Academy for Career Exploration, Providence, RI

Total enrollment: 207

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 0.0%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 1.0%
Black: 18.0%
Hispanic: 75.0%
Two or more races: 1.0%
White: 4.0%

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#20 Central Falls HS

Central Falls, RI

Total enrollment: 838

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 0.0%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 0.0%
Black: 15.0%
Hispanic: 74.0%
Two or more races: 1.0%
White: 10.0%

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#19 Cooley Health/Science

Cooley Health & Science Technology Academy, Providence, RI

Total enrollment: 717

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 1.0%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 5.0%
Black: 16.0%
Hispanic: 74.0%
Two or more races: 1.0%
White: 3.0%

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#18 North Providence HS

North Providence, RI

Total enrollment: 998

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 1.0%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 3.0%
Black: 8.0%
Hispanic: 16.0%
Two or more races: 0.0%
White: 72.0%

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#17 Times 2 Academy

Providence, RI

Total enrollment: 652

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 1.0%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 1.0%
Black: 32.0%
Hispanic: 55.0%
Two or more races: 4.0%
White: 6.0%

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#16 Central HS

Providence, RI

Total enrollment: 1,101

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 1.0%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 8.0%
Black: 16.0%
Hispanic: 70.0%
Two or more races: 2.0%
White: 3.0%

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#15 Mt. Pleasant HS

Providence, RI

Total enrollment: 884

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 1.0%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 4.0%
Black: 24.0%
Hispanic: 62.0%
Two or more races: 2.0%
White: 6.0%

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#14 Prov. Career & Tech

Providence Career & Technical Academy, Providence, RI

Total enrollment: 568

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 0.0%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 5.0%
Black: 16.0%
Hispanic: 69.0%
Two or more races: 2.0%
White: 7.0%

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#13 Dr. Jorge Alvarez HS

Dr. Jorge Alvarez High School, Providence, RI

Total enrollment: 563

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 1.0%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 9.0%
Black: 15.0%
Hispanic: 69.0%
Two or more races: 2.0%
White: 4.0%

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#12 E-Cubed Academy

Providence, RI

Total enrollment: 360

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 1.0%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 3.0%
Black: 29.0%
Hispanic: 54.0%
Two or more races: 3.0%
White: 10.0%

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#11 Hope Arts School

Providence, RI

Total enrollment: 1,035

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 1.0%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 6.0%
Black: 25.0%
Hispanic: 56.0%
Two or more races: 3.0%
White: 9.0%

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#10 Woonsocket HS

Woonsocket, RI

Total enrollment: 1,736

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 0.0%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 6.0%
Black: 11.0%
Hispanic: 27.0%
Two or more races: 4.0%
White: 52.0%

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#9 Shea Senior HS

Pawtucket, RI

Total enrollment: 905

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 1.0%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 1.0%
Black: 46.0%
Hispanic: 33.0%
Two or more races: 5.0%
White: 14.0%

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#8 Cranston HS East

Cranston, RI

Total enrollment: 1,587

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 1.0%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 10.0%
Black: 7.0%
Hispanic: 32.0%
Two or more races: 4.0%
White: 47.0%

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#7 Blackstone Academy

Blackstone Academy Charter School, Pawtucket, RI

Total enrollment: 165

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 0.0%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 3.0%
Black: 21.0%
Hispanic: 57.0%
Two or more races: 3.0%
White: 15.0%

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#6 Jacqueline M. Walsh

Jacqueline M. Walsh School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Pawtucket, RI

Total enrollment: 167

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 0.0%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 2.0%
Black: 14.0%
Hispanic: 28.0%
Two or more races: 6.0%
White: 50.0%

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#5 Rogers HS

Newport, RI

Total enrollment: 587

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 2.0%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 1.0%
Black: 25.0%
Hispanic: 20.0%
Two or more races: 3.0%
White: 49.0%

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#4 The MET School

The Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center, Providence, RI

Total enrollment: 868

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 2.0%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 2.0%
Black: 15.0%
Hispanic: 42.0%
Two or more races: 4.0%
White: 35.0%

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#3 Davies Career & Tech

Davies Career & Technical High School, Providence, RI

Total enrollment: 833

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 1.0%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 6.0%
Black: 13.0%
Hispanic: 39.0%
Two or more races: 4.0%
White: 38.0%

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#2 William E. Tolman HS

William E. Tolman Senior High School, Pawtucket, RI

Total enrollment: 1,050

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 1.0%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 1.0%
Black: 18.0%
Hispanic: 37.0%
Two or more races: 6.0%
White: 37.0%

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#1 Classical HS

Providence, RI

Total enrollment: 1,113

Percentage of total enrollment

Amer Indian/Alaskan: 1.0%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 9.0%
Black: 16.0%
Hispanic: 46.0%
Two or more races: 3.0%
White: 26.0%

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Comments:

Why is the legislature checking out schools? Don't we have qa commissioner and a Board of Education? Why isn't Deborah Gist doing this and creqating a climate for RI students to be able to get a job,preferably in the state and add to the economy?
Why isn't RIDE doing this instead of slick Nick and reps not even with educational credentials?
There is something wrong here?
Is Debbie Gist so obsessed with high stales testing and Common Core that she cannot get a firsthand look at a technical school that has received national attention for its innovative programs, community and business partnerships and its remarkable turnaround from one of its city’s lowest-performing schools to one of the best in the country? Do we relly need politicians with no educational degrees doing her job and that of RIDE? Why are we taxpayers paying for RIDE and over $200,000 salary to Gist if she is not seeking out the opportunities that become available to students when schools reach out to the community and forge relationships with businesses, universities and other organizations...Is she not available to do this in thelast 2 years of her expensive contract where we paid for her PhD with taxpayer money and that she can now take her to some other state and get another high paying salary? This is wrong...It should not be Mattiello but the Dept of Ed with Gist and her higher educatiobn board with Mancuso leading the way instead of mancuso looking for a judgeship position.....

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