Credit Bearing Courses
In partnership with Providence Public School District, ARISE offers two courses that youth can take to earn high school and college credit.
In Spring 2018 we entered a contract with Providence Public School District (PPSD) to pilot a 6-8 weeks condensed ethnic studies curriculum at Dr. Jorge Alvarez High School. ARISE's unit taught the impact of the Vietnam War on Southeast Asians, with a particular focus on Cambodia because of the large Khmer refugee population in Providence. We chose Dr. Jorge Alvarez High School because it is the only school in the district that allows 10th graders to take ethnic studies for a core credit, incentivizing and in some cases simply making it possible for students to take the class.
We conducted pre- and post-tests that show successful learning outcomes for the participants. In the pre-tests, many students indicated that this was their first time taking a course where they were learning about Southeast Asian history and concepts such as imperialism and colonialism, as well as the first time they had the opportunity in class to interact with members from the community. Our post-tests show that over 90% of the students found the course worthwhile in their educational experience; a majority indicated that learning about Southeast Asian history is what they will remember most about the course.
Intro to Khmer
June 18, 2018 - August 24, 2018 (Tuesdays), 5:00-8:45 PM
ARISE piloted "Intro to Khmer" in June 2018, in partnership with Roger Williams University. This class is a credit bearing course in the Rhode Island Department of Education Advanced Course Network.
Makna Men served as our course instructor. He has been involved with the Cambodian Society of RI (CSRI) since the early 1980s and worked as an educator and guidance counselor in many different settings, including at BMC Durfee High School in Fall River, the Providence School District, and Brown University. He co-wrote and published the book Determination in 2016 and currently works at Bristol Community College as Senior Academic Counselor overseeing the Academic Advising Center.
All high school students are eligible to enroll in the course for free.