- Associated Press - Saturday, February 20, 2016

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) - The University of Rhode Island is offering a new program to prepare undergraduate students to join the Peace Corps.

URI says it’s the first college or university in Rhode Island to offer the program aimed at getting students ready for international development programs such as the Peace Corps.

URI says it’s one of only 48 universities in the country and three in New England to participate in the Peace Corps Prep Program.

URI is now accepting applications for the program. Students who complete it will earn a certificate but are not guaranteed entree into the Peace Corps.

Thirteen URI alumni are currently serving overseas with the Peace Corps and another 416 alumni participate in the program.

The Peace Corps has praised the college for the number of volunteers it’s producing.

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