- Ensuring that all students have access to career exploration opportunities beginning in elementary and middle school, in addition to individual learning plans to support their unique strengths and development;
- Ensuring that all high school students have access to opportunities to earn college credit or an industry-recognized credential;
- Ensuring that all high school students have access to work-based learning (WBL) opportunities, such as internships and industry projects, in career fields relevant to their interests; and
- Ensuring state investments are aligned to pathway programs in high-demand career fields, including biomedical innovation, information technology and maritime industries.
Key partners on the PrepareRI initiative include the governor's office, Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (RIDE), the Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner, and the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation. Governor Gina Raimondo’s involvement at the front and center of PrepareRI activities has been critical in fostering cross-sectoral collaboration and investments in workforce development at the local level. For example, under the Governor’s leadership, Rhode Island became the first state in the nation to offer computer science in every public school through the Computer Science for Rhode Island (CS4RI) initiative. In 2019, Gov. Raimondo also declared March as STEAM Month, reinforcing the state’s focus on STEAM learning in early grades.