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
Newly Published Guide: Elements of Model Internship Programs
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
We are pleased to share with your our newest guide, Elements of Model Internship Programs. This resource guide, from the Massachusetts Department of Employment and Training, Office for College, Career and Technical Education, provides advice, forms, letters and other materials to support the creation of ...
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). ...