The Massachusetts School to Career Connecting Activities Initiative


Connecting Activities

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.

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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 ...