The Massachusetts School to Career Connecting Activities Initiative


Getting Started - CA Professional Development Outline

The “Getting Started” outline provides an introduction to some of the key areas of professional development that are important for our work in the Connecting Activities initiative.    

As professionals in the Connecting Activities initiative, we bring expertise in working with employers, schools, youth and community partners.  Staff may come from a background in education, guidance, workforce development, human resources, youth programming, or other related fields.  Staff all bring different skills to the job, and continually develop additional skills and strategies through their work.

This topic outline provides some of the basic knowledge you need to get started.  Beyond these basics, you can invest time in developing skills in youth development, employer outreach, career development, workplace readiness skills, data management and reporting, and many more areas.   Feel free to suggest resources, such as websites, reports or guides that you think others in our network would enjoy.

Use the topic outline to navigate through the outline, using the readings, videos and practice/application exercises.  




Getting Started - CA Professional Development Outline
Reflection: Professional Roles, Skills and Knowledge
Topic 1: Elements of Connecting Activities
Topic 2: Developing an Internship Program
Topic 3: Using the Massachusetts Work-Based Learning Plan
Topic 4: Working with Employers & Understanding the Labor Market
Topic 5: Building Partnerships with Schools
Topic 6: Using the Massachusetts Career Ready Database
Topic 7: The Career Development Continuum