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The Met School in RI Celebrates 15 Years of Innovative Education

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center (The MET) is celebrating its 15th year of innovative education with a special celebration next Thursday, April 7 at its Public Street Campus in Providence, RI. The MET is a network of six small, public high schools located in Providence and Newport, Rhode Island. With high standards and strong family engagement, the MET’s individualized learning approach has proven suc­cessful in unlocking students’ passion for learning. The MET empowers its students to take charge of their learn­ing, to become responsible citizens and life-long learners. The hallmarks of a MET education include internships, individual learning plans, advisory, and a breakthrough college transition program. The MET is the model for many schools across the country. It is the leader in school reform and is consis­tently identified by a sweeping range of education leaders as one of the most effective models in the country.  “As you know, and now the world sees, the success of our students has made The Met one of the top schools in the country,” states Dennis Littky, co-founder of the MET. “We have been the subject of newspaper and magazine articles and now over 80 schools around the world are based on The Met model.”

In March of 2010, President Obama spoke about the MET and said, “…We’ll follow the example of places like the MET Center in Rhode Island that give students that individual attention, while also preparing them through real-world, hands-on training the possibility of succeeding in a career.”

Some of the highlights of this community celebration will include specialty pavilions that focus on the successful model of the MET. These include our groundbreaking Internship and Mentoring program, Family Engagement and Community Connections, a reunion of our alumni from 11 graduating classes and a special exhibit called The Hall of Innovations which will showcase the pioneering aspects of a Met education. The night will conclude with special performances from MET Alumni and remarks from school leaders and community dignitaries in the Met Fitness Center at 7:00 pm.

THE MET’S 15TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

Public Street Campus, 325 Public Street, Providence, RI 02905

Visitor Registration: Arts and Media Center

Pavilions open at 5:30 pm (Justice, Unity, Equality Buildings)

Hall of Innovations opens at 5:30 pm (Arts and Media Center)

Speaking Program and Performances at 7:00 pm (Fitness Center)

TENATIVE LIST OF SPEAKERS FOR APRIL 7 EVENT:
Co-Founder Dennis Littky, Co-Founder Elliot Washor, Co-Director Nancy Diaz Bain
Former Councilwomen Balbina Young, Mayor Angel Tavares, Congressman David Cicilline

IMAGES FOR PRESS RELEASE: http://metcenter.org/about-us/overview/press-images/

Contact: Brian Mills, email: BMills@metmail.org, phone: 401-714-7281

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