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5/24/2023 Rep. O’Brien congratulates North Providence High School seniors for graduating P-Tech program
STATE HOUSE – Rep. William W. O’Brien’s legislation (2013-H 6290) from the 2013 General Assembly session that called for dual enrollment programs at Rhode Island schools is proving to still be a success as evidenced by nine North Providence High School students who recently graduated from the school’s P-Tech (Pathways in Technology) academy, earning both their high school diplomas and an associate’s degree from the Community College of Rhode Island.

Denzel Allotey, Farah Awad, Nicolas Camacho, Alanis Garcia, Christian Hazard, Yassin Joof, Julianna Rodrigues, Zoc Sekasula and Jalen Tomlinson were North Providence High School’s 2023 P-Tech graduates.

“I am so proud of these great kids who truly maximized their educations while in high school.  The dual enrollment program has allowed them earn a degree at no cost while in high school, saving themselves and their families much-needed dollars in the process.  They deserve all the congratulations in the world for this achievement and I know they will find success in their futures,” said Representative O’Brien (D-Dist. 54, North Providence).

Representative O’Brien’s legislation enables students to enroll at a college or university as non-degree students and have the courses be recognized toward degree completion at both the college and high school level.  Representative O’Brien is a former math teacher in the Providence school system and has seen firsthand the opportunities his legislation has opened up for students.

“The dual education program is continuing to provide opportunities to our high school students and their families and I could not be happier that this law is being effectively used to benefit students at North Providence High School.  Our kids are learning the skills they will need to succeed in the future and their families are saving significant dollars through this program,” said Representative O’Brien.

The legislation directed the Board of Education to establish a statewide dual enrollment policy, to be adopted by school districts and schools by June 30, 2015.  All school districts, charter schools, career and technical schools, approved private day or residential schools and collaborative schools are subject to the requirements of the law.
“This legislation gives our students the tools and opportunity to succeed in the future.  It saves thousands of dollars for working class families struggling to afford the price of higher education and it positions Rhode Island for the better with a stronger future workforce.  I am so pleased this program is working and I urge all students and families to take part in its success and one day, I hope that this wonderful program is offered at all Rhode Island high schools,” added Representative O’Brien.

For more information, contact:
Andrew Caruolo, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903