Local High School Students Advance – Placed in Open Division Regional Rounds of the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition

For two consecutive years, a local team of students from the East Providence Career and Technical Center in East Providence RI placed 2nd in the Silver Tier of the Open Division of the Regional Rounds of The National Youth Cyber Defense Competition.

Since 2009, CyberPatriot’s National Youth Cyber Defense Competition has challenged teams of two to six students to harden simulated computer systems and resolve real-life cybersecurity situations faced by industry professionals. The competition provides students hands-on experience securing computer networks while exciting, educating, and motivating them toward careers in cybersecurity and other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

Led by Mrs. Patricia Piros, the East Providence Career & Technical Center advanced to the Regional Round and was one of just 12 teams to advance from a pool of more than 2,200 Open Division teams. The CyberPatriot competition consists of two high school divisions, with public, private, and home schools competing in the Open Division and JROTC units, Naval Sea Cadet Corps, and Civil Air Patrol squadrons competing in the All Service Division, as well as a Middle School Division.

In all, more than 4,400 teams registered to participate in CyberPatriot IX, marking 30% growth to the competition field from last season. Registered teams represented all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Canada, U.S. Department of Defense Dependent Schools in both Europe and the Pacific, and other teams abroad.

Following two preliminary rounds in November and December, CyberPatriot IX teams were categorized within their divisions as Platinum, Gold, or Silver Tier, teams, with Platinum Tier teams representing the highest scoring teams and the only teams eligible to advance all the way to National Finals. During an additional two elimination rounds, the East Providence Career & Technical Center team demonstrated the teamwork, critical thinking skills, and technical knowledge necessary to distinguish itself as a Silver Tier teams placing 8th in the Region and 2nd in Rhode Island.

Automotive Students Win State Competition


On January 27th, the annual Ocean State Automotive Contest, hosted by New England Institute of Technology in cooperation with the RI Automobile Dealers Association, provides an opportunity for high school seniors to demonstrate their automotive technical abilities.

Students must work at various stations to complete assigned tasks or to troubleshoot technical “bugs” that have been planted in the vehicles. Teams of two high school seniors from various Rhode Island career and technical centers had fifteen minutes to complete each station. The workstations include braking systems, steering and suspension systems, electrical and electronics systems, information systems, engine repair, parts identification and engine performance. Students also had to take part in a written exam in which the score was added to the final team score.

Matthew Cardoza and Luis Medeiros from the East Providence Career and Technical Center received top honors. 1st place prize included scholarships for both students to New England Institute of Technology and tools from Snap-on tools. Matthew Cardoza received a special honor as the participant with the highest written score.

In addition, Matthew and Luis will represent Rhode Island at the National Automotive Dealers Competition in New York on April 17-19, 2017.

About Us

The East Providence Career and Technical Center serves students from East Providence, Barrington, and Bristol/Warren. In addition, students from outside the region are eligible to apply to the EPCTC if their program of choice is not offered at their regional career and technical center.

In an effort to offer all students a safe, nurturing, and fun-learning environment, we make every effort to accept students that have displayed the academic ability and level of maturity required to succeed both in school and in the world of work.

An Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) will be designed to meet the individual needs and goals of each student. This plan is developed and maintained by the student with support from guidance counselors, instructors, administrators, and family members. The ultimate goal is to make all post secondary options available to all students. These options may include, but are not limited to:

  • 4 year college
  • Community college
  • Technical/Trade school
  • Military
  • Full time employment

Specific programs offer opportunities for certification, licensure, and dual enrollment credit. Refer to specific programs for details.

The East Providence School Department does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status.
Celeste Bowler, Title IX Coordinator
145 Taunton Avenue
East Providence, Rhode Island  02914