RIDE Approves Expansion of Rhode Island Nurses Institute Middle College
Expansion will allow charter school to build on its success preparing
low-income students and students of color to pursue careers in nursing.
Providence, R.I. The Rhode Island Department of Education’s Council on Elementary and Secondary Education approved a proposal from Rhode Island Nurses Institute (RINI) Middle College Charter School to expand its enrollment by 228 seats. Demand for places in the school consistently outstrips supply, with close to 400 applicants competing for roughly 60 seats in each 9th grade class.
“The council’s vote will allow us to expand our enrollment from 272 to 342 next fall and to serve a total of 500 high school students from across the state starting in 2024,” said Pamela L. McCue, PhD, RN, RINI’s chief executive officer. “We are so grateful to the council, the leadership of Rhode Island education commissioner Angélica Infante-Green and her hardworking staff, and to our many supporters. This expansion will increase our ability to transform Rhode Island’s nursing workforce and more young people’s lives.”
Nurse recalls lessons that took her from C-student to college grad.
As a teen, Jai-Ana Baker had never considered becoming a nurse. She knew she wanted to go to college, but she was a C student who hated school and had no idea what she wanted to study. Then her mother heard an ad for RINI on the radio. “Mom said, ‘Apply, apply, apply,’” Baker recalled, so she decided to give it a try.
Baker found the coursework at RINI very challenging, but focusing her studies on a nursing career motivated her to participate more, and to set goals and try to achieve them. “For some reason, it was like: challenge accepted,” she said. “It changed me as a person.”
RINIMC senior Jillian Corbin packs personal protective equipment in her family’s kitchen before heading to work as a certified nursing assistant providing home care during the COVID-19 pandemic.
When Jillian Corbin heard about the Rhode Island Nurses Institute Middle College Charter High School (RINIMC) at the beginning of her freshman year, she promptly filled out the paperwork and transferred. She never dreamed she’d be spending the final semester of her senior year of high school working on the frontlines of a pandemic as a certified nursing assistant (CNA), but that’s where she is today.
by ASHLEY CULLINANE, NBC 10 NEWSWednesday, April 15th 2020
PROVIDENCE, RI (WJAR) — As the country races to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, states are calling on retired healthcare workers and college students to join the frontlines.
In Rhode Island, some high school students are also experiencing life in the healthcare field during a pandemic. Dr. Pamela McCue is the CEO of the Rhode Island Nurses Institute Middle College Charter High School in Providence.