The Massachusetts School to Career Connecting Activities Initiative


News and Updates

Teacher Externship Program

Friday, October 18, 2019

The Lowell Sun recently published a profile of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education`s Perkins Teacher Externship Program, a project of the College Career and Technical Education (CCTE) Unit, ...

Conference Materials - May 9, 2019 - Connecting Activities Sessions

Thursday, May 16, 2019

From the May 9, 2019 Conference: 

Connecting Activities Mini-Presentations - 3-5 minute presentations from ...

Welcoming Kerry Akashian

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

In April 2019, we are welcoing Kerry Akashian into the Connecting Activities network as our new statewide coordinator. Kerry joins the DESE Office of College, Career and Technical Education as Coordinator of Career Development Education. Kerry is transitioning into our office from the Center for Instructional Support where she was ...

Signal Success Curriculum

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

In the coming summer and school year, we are lauching a new 10-module version of the Signal Success curriculum, which has been widely used and enjoyed in ...

Connecting Activities Annual Report

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Learn more about the Massachusetts Connecting Activities initiative by reading our FY2018 Annual Report.  The report shares news about statewide projects, initiatives and accomplishments, as well as highlights and stories from Connecting Activities programming in each of the sixteen MassHire workforce regions. ...

Elements of Model Internship Programs

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

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.

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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 ...

CA Conference on Nov. 6: Making Sure that Students Get the Powerful Experiences They Need to Be Ready for Success after High School

Friday, October 10, 2014

Success after High School is the over-arching goal of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE).  Making sure that our students are ready for both college and careers is at the heart of our work.  Connecting Activities (CA) drives the career readiness part of the college and career readiness agenda and is one of the leading ways ...

Career Development Education Guide and Glossary

Monday, July 14, 2014

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has published a guide and glossary about Career Development Education (CDE), to help school staff and other educators develop ...

Why we needed a training video for employers about the Massachusetts Work-Based Learning Plan

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, through its Connecting Activities initiative, has just developed a new training video for worksite supervisors about ...

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