In business, talent is the great differentiator. With 12 world-class colleges and universities, Rhode Island offers a strong and continuous flow of highly educated workers.


Skills for Rhode Island’s Future

Skills for Rhode Island’s Future (SRIF) is a public-private partnership working to match businesses that have current, unmet hiring needs with qualified, unemployed and underemployed job seekers. With a demand driven approach, local employers commit to fill their unmet hiring needs with qualified unemployed and underemployed residents of Rhode Island. Job seekers are placed into these identified opportunities. SRIF is the link between the employers of Rhode Island and the unemployed/underemployed talent. In addition, Skills is now expanding to include high school and college student internship programs.

For global brands and businesses as well as emerging innovators, Providence can deliver a workforce. Read more about Rhode Island's approach to fielding the very best talent for business. We're starting with a special focus on CS in elementary school and working up all the way through college.

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Computer Science for Rhode Island (CS4RI) is among the most comprehensive statewide computer science initiatives in the country. By the end of 2017, Computer Science will be taught in every public school in the state. CS4RI combines the national leadership of Microsoft with homegrown talent to reduce barriers to providing quality computer science education and professional development. “Rhode Island joins a short list of states leading the country in embracing computer science. This initiative is an important step in opening doors for today's generation of Rhode Island students, readying them to pursue the best opportunities in today's high-tech economy, in every field," says Hadi Partook, CEO,


TechHire Rhode Island is a network that connects employers seeking IT talent with Rhode Islanders who possess unique backgrounds and can get the job done. Tech Hire careers provides a platform for entry-level software developers to demonstrate their skills regardless of how they acquired their training.  Rhode Island is one of only 51 local jurisdictions to have a Tech Hire program in its community.

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Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-Tech) forges long-term partnerships between high schools, colleges, industry associations, and businesses to provide a pipeline to the workforce of the future. Students enrolled in P-TECH take college-level courses while in high school, benefit from internships and mentoring, and graduate with a high school diploma and an industry-approved associate degree.

Wavemaker Fellowship   

Rhode Island's Wavemaker Fellowship provides a financial incentive for college graduates pursuing a career or starting a business in Rhode Island. Student loan payments may be deferred for up to four years for specialized talent in technology, engineering, design and other key sectors. Although targeted for grads of our great institutions, anyone working or going to work in a qualifying field in Rhode Island is eligible. 

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Ocean state grad grant

The Ocean State Grad Grant is helping college graduates make Rhode Island "home" by offering special grants of up $7,000 to first-time home buyers. The program is available to qualified borrowers who have graduated within the last 36 months from an accredited academic institution and wish to remain in Rhode Island.