Connecting Activities (CA) is a Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) initiative that leverages a statewide infrastructure to support "college and career readiness" for all students.
The CA line item in the state budget establishes public-private partnerships through the sixteen local workforce investment boards (WIBs) to connect schools and businesses. These partners provide structured work-based learning and career development experiences for students that support academic and employability skill attainment.
News and Updates
Connecting Activities Initiative Celebrates Twenty Years
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
At the May 15, 2018 Connecting Activities conference, participants enjoyed a presentation celebrating the 20th anniversary of the initiative. Connecting Activities was formally launched in the 1997-1998 school year, to sustain the work started in Massachusetts in the five-year-long National School to Work Opportunities Act.
High Quality College and Career Pathways, New Skills for Youth and Career Advising
Tuesday, May 02, 2017
The Commonwealth has embarked on a high level, ambitious effort to increase the career readiness of many of its students, both in high school and adult settings. Under the guidance ...
New Work-Based Learning Plan Option Connects to CVTE Frameworks
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
This year, the online Massachusetts Work-Based Learning Plan (WBLP) adds a new feature - an option for tracking the Career/Vocational Technical Education (CVTE) competencies. ...
New Primer about Labor Market Information
Saturday, November 14, 2015
Through Connecting Activities, ESE has recently published a new Primer and related materials about Labor Market Information (LMI). ...
Partnering with Business to Scale up CDE
Wednesday, March 04, 2015
Recently, the importance of better career preparation for students in high school has been the subject of national attention due to a new report by the Council of Chief State School Officers titled ...