About Us -FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Career Academy?
The New England Laborers'/Cranston Public Schools Construction Career Academy is a Cranston public school approved by the Rhode Island Board of Regents for Secondary and Elementary Education. The Charter Academy is designed with a specific mission. That mission is a unique innovative collaboration between the Cranston Public Schools and the New England Laborers' to provide students in grades 9-12 with a solid academic foundation in an authentic learning environment in order to prepare students for higher education, to explore various career options which include the construction trades and environmental sciences, and to become ethical, productive, responsible citizens of the global society.
What are the requirements for applying?
You must have completed the 8th grade, expressed an interest in the contruction field, and be committed to doing your best in a unique and personalized high school environment.
Will I receive a regular high school diploma?
Our curriculum includes all the courses you need to attain your high school diploma and then some.
You can explore your future with our "Career Exploration" curriculum, which has been designed especially for those students that are new to high school.
We also offer an extensive, four week apprenticeship program held at the New England Laborers' Training Academy in Pomfret, Connecticut. Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship program and 4000 hours, each apprentice will be awarded 20 college credits toward an Associates' Degree in Technical Studies at the Community College of Rhode Island.
Do I have to live in Cranston to attend?
The NEL/CPS Career Academy is open to Cranston residents and non-Cranston residents. Please call Richard Pecorelli, Recruitment Coordinator, for additional information.