Advanced Course Network

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What is Advanced Course Network (ACN)?

Through the Advanced Course Network (ACN), a Rhode Island Department of Education Initiative, Rhode Island students have access to free advanced courses that enable them to graduate high school as college and career-ready individuals, with the skills, knowledge, college credits and/or industry credentials that match their interests. This exciting course catalog ranges from advanced placement, dual enrollment, concurrent enrollment, and career pathway course offerings. Coursework Network courses are offered by Rhode Island colleges and universities, community based organizations and other school districts at no cost

Who is ACN for?

Rhode Island high school students in participating schools (select courses available to middle school students).

What is PASA’s role in ACN?

As part of Advanced Course Network, PASA offers a variety of career exploration courses where students receive industry exposure and hands-on, work based learning experiences. Youth also receive ½ or full high school credit through completion of the course.

PASA believes that by providing students with pathways of relevant, hands-on learning opportunities in real world settings, ACN courses can excite and engage Rhode Island’s high school students and set them up for success in school, higher education, career, and throughout life.

View ACN courses on RIDE’s website.

More information on the Advanced Course Network