Prepare RI Apprenticeship

We are excited to announce that applications are now being accepted through April 15 for the PrepareRI Youth Apprenticeship Program. Eligible students are current juniors (rising seniors) at Rhode Island public high schools. For the 2019-2020 school year, students will be able to apply to career pathways in health care, manufacturing, and environmental sustainability, with additional fields anticipated in future years.

A youth apprenticeship combines work-based learning with related classroom instruction, allowing students to begin a career pathway while still in high school. This program sets students up for employment immediately after graduating high school; participants will be hired either as a formal apprentice working towards a nationally recognized industry certificate, or as a full-time employee, depending on the program. Successful applicants will be on a pathway that consists of job-related instructional coursework at CCRI through their Running Start Program and work-based learning. The first-year cohort will include around 50 public high school seniors.

Applications are due April 15 and consist of students submitting the CCRI Running Start Application, along with answering supplemental questions specific to this program. Interested students and guardians will be invited to attend an informational session held at the beginning of April. Acceptance decisions will be issued by early May. For more information and to download the application, visit or contact

If you need help with the application, or have additional questions, please reach out to Elaine Sardella at