NWSC Career and Tech Education (CTE)


CTE Mission statement

The Northwest Consortium Career and Technical Education mission is to work collaboratively to ensure a diversity of programming within the four districts and allow for the strategic utilization of resources.

Our Career and Technical Pathway Programs engage students to be problem solvers and self-motivated adults with the communication skills and academic aptitude to succeed in their desired post-secondary college and career choices.  The four high schools within the consortium collaboratively provide students unique educational programs that are intellectually stimulating and personally relevant with a strong emphasis on becoming responsible citizens.  Our pathways leverage technology, business partnerships, project-based learning, and 21st Century teaching to enhance the student experience.


Within the NWSC, and in alignment with the Rhode Island Department of Education, we believe that our collective Career and Technical Education programs will:

  • Improve the educational experience of learners by providing an engaging, relevant education that reduces dropout rates, and supports and improves student achievement.
  • Contribute to the development of a skilled, sustainable workforce that is well prepared for the high-demand, high-skill and high-paying jobs of today and tomorrow.
  • Help learners discover the wide range of career options available to them - and chart the most effective and efficient educational pathways for optimum value and success.
  • Provide students with the skills, credentials and technical knowledge necessary to move Rhode Island toward the leading edge of innovation and global competitiveness.


Under statutory authority, NWSC comports to Rhode Island General Laws §16-3.1-1 and §16-2-9.2

1.      Each district will hold three (3) spots in any program for students from member districts.

2.      The tuition for students from member districts will be $5,000.

3.      Each member district will establish a waiting list to draw from in the absence of in-consortium candidates.

4.      Each member district will target freshman to complete a 4-year program. Schools will have discretion to   all sophomores and juniors to apply and attend depending on the program/student’s background.

5.      Students will receive diploma from school they attend and also participate in sports/extracurricular activities. Students who return to their district will be subject to the transfer rule for sports participation.



The Burrillville School Department is a public school district that serves the Town of Burrillville, 
about 20 miles from Providence in northwestern Rhode Island, bordering both Connecticut and Massachusetts. 


Academy of Environmental Science

The Environmental Science pathway focuses students' learning on ecology, the place of humans in the environment, the technological developments that have caused environmental problems, and the ways in which technology can help solve those problems. Students are introduced to the field of green technology in their study of Alternative Energy, Green Construction, Green Transportation, and Resource Conservation.


Academy of Construction Tech (Pending)

The Construction Technology pathway is designed to prepare students for a wide range of career options by developing the fundamental tool, machine, and project management skills necessary to construct quality structures using contemporary materials and techniques. Solidworks and/or other CAD software are used to enhance design and planning. Original projects are used as a means to provide students the opportunity to constructively use tools and demonstrate quality workmanship. The pathway focuses on knowledge that encompasses construction materials and methods, mathematics, communications, safety, human resources, scheduling, and customer service.


Academy of biomedical science (pending)

The Academy of Biomedical Science brings concepts of biology and medicine to life through exciting hands-on projects and exploration of real-world problems. Students investigate concepts of human body systems and medical interventions as they explore health conditions including heart disease, diabetes, sickle-cell disease, hypercholesterolemia, and infectious diseases.


academy of engineering(Pending)

Each Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Engineering course engages students in interdisciplinary activities, such as working with a client to design a home, programming electronic devices or robotic arms, or exploring algae as a biofuel source. These activities not only build knowledge and skills in engineering, but also empower students to develop essential skills such as problem solving, critical and creative thinking, communication, collaboration, and perseverance.


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The Lincoln School District is second to none with a visionary leadership team, highly educated professional staff,
dedicated support staff, talented students and a supportive community. 


Law academy

The Lincoln High School Law Academy prepares its students with an opportunity to access an industry that employs over 2.4 million people each year. The program is designed to introduce students to the Criminal Justice world by providing rigorous curriculum combined with real world experience through the use of guest speakers from the industry and relevant field trips.


Journalism and Broadcast Academy

The Lincoln High School Journalism and Broadcast Academy (JBA) provides students with a strong foundation for those who wish to pursue careers in journalism, including broadcast journalism, or communications. 


Design and engineering academy

The Lincoln High School Design & Engineering Academy is a specialized multi-year learning program that provides students with a combination of the foundational knowledge needed to succeed in a post-secondary engineering program and career exploration opportunities. While all students will obtain strong written and oral communication skills, the curriculum is project-based with hands-on activities that combine math and science skills with real-world problem solving skills. 


International business academy

The International Business Academy is a rigorous program that provides students with the experiences and education necessary for careers in national as well as international organizations. The program is distinguished by its emphasis on business in an international context. 


Smithfield School District provides an excellent educational experience for all students
thanks to the efforts of our talented, dedicated, and caring staff and our supportive parent community.


Academy of Finance

The Academy of Finance Pathway was founded in 1998 and is a rigorous business, finance, and academic program that readies the serious student for future careers in accounting, banking, entrepreneurship, management, marketing and law. Through project-based learning, students will operate our in-school coffee shop, implement an annual music festival, litigate in one of the only high school courtrooms in the country, and compete against other students from around the state in key business skills and knowledge.


Early childhood ed.

The Early Childhood Education Academy Pathway is designed for students who wish to explore a career in early childhood education, own or operate a childcare facility, teach elementary, middle school, or high school, work with the elderly, or be a parent. Utilizing in-depth exploration and experiences, students learn by doing: planning and implementing lesson plans, creating a teaching resource, or garnering important real world experience, at Smithfield High School’s onsite playschool.



Designed to give students a robust experience in design, engineering, and fabrication, the Engineering Technology Academy Pathway provides hands-on experience with 3-D design, advanced engineering techniques, and the skills necessary to bring the theoretical to life. The program is designed to not only teach course specifics, but also expose students to the wide array of possibilities an engineering education offers.