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Puerto Rico
Career Resource Network State Grant

Program Goals and Emphasis

The Puerto Rico CRN supports and expands the career guidance academic counseling programs in schools to increase children’s understanding of work and self, decision-making and academic and career planning by providing products and services of career information available to counselors, teachers, parents and students.

State Economic Profile

Economic and Environmental Profile

Key industries include pharmaceuticals, electronics, apparel, food products and tourism. A diverse industrial sector has far surpassed agriculture as the key source of economic activity and income. U.S. firms have invested heavily in Puerto Rico since the 1950s, in part due to tax incentives and duty-free access to the mainland.

The January 2006 unemployment rate was 11.6%, as compared to 11.2% in April 2005.
Key Economic Sectors

• Government
• Health Care & Social Assistance
• Leisure & Hospitality
• Manufacturing
• Professional & Business Services
• Retail Trade

State Career Resource Activities

Highlighted Activities

• PRCRN provides the use of CIDS as a counseling tool for students in different activities such as Career Exploration Fair.

• The Puerto Rico CRN held a conference on Labor Market and Occupational Demands for 2010 in Puerto Rico. The meeting explored the elements of the counseling program that will help students make more informed decisions on their career path.

• PRCRN is a resource for activities coordinated with the Counseling Program in the Puerto Rico Department of Education.

• In Puerto Rico, the CRN grant is run by the Puerto Rico Occupational Information Coordinating Committee.

Primary Activities and Trainings

Puerto Rico has conducted the following activities and trainings:
• Career Clusters Training
• Career Information Delivery Systems
• Labor Market and Occupational Demands
• Occupational Outlook 2010 Conference
• Careers Exploration Fair
Career Information Delivery Systems (CIDS)

CIDS are computer-based systems providing local, state, and national information about careers and employment opportunities. State sites for CIDS include:

Elementary Schools0
Middle Schools 27
High Schools 123
Community Colleges 2
4-Year Colleges/Universities 23
Other 16

Primary Resources

Puerto Rico has published the following resources:
• Career Clusters Manuals
• Career Clusters Posters
• Career Tabloids-Perspectives
• Occupational Guidelines
• Licensed and Certified Occupations

Program Funding and Partnerships

Other Funding Sources

The program does not report any additional funding sources.
Significant Program Partnerships

• Puerto Rico Department of Education
• Puerto Rico Department of Labor
• Council of Postsecondary Education
• Council of General Education
• Puerto Rico Planning Board

Resource Allocation

Contact Information

State Contact

Project Director
Victor Cintron
Puerto Rico Department of Educaiton
Puerto Rico Occupational Information Coordinating Committee
PO Box 366212
San Juan, PR 00936-6212
Phone: (787) 723-7110
Fax: (787) 724-6374
State Administrative Location

Department of Education, Puerto Rico Occupational Information Coordinating Committee

Regional Contact Information