The Massachusetts School to Career Connecting Activities Initiative



Our schools hold the key to full preparation of all of our youth for "Success After High School," the over-arching mission of the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.  Importantly, many schools are now moving away from a narrow focus on academic preparation alone to ensure that their students are college and career ready.  This is because, as their leaders know, academic learning is essential, but no longer sufficient, to prepare for life after high school.  Students also need work readiness preparation, as well as skills in the personal/social domain.  School leaders also know that these can not be provided solely within the confines of a traditional classroom, or single-handedly by teachers.

Connecting Activities offers school leaders access to the wide range of organizations beyond the school walls where students can apply their learning, and experience the connection between their academics and their futures after high school.  Schools need help to provide students with access to those settings and the experiences they offer.  Schools simply don't have the people power to accomplish this alone.  The power of Connecting Activities rests in its capacity to help meet that need, and to do it across an entire region of employers, not just those confined to one city or town. 

Currently, about half of the high schools in the Commonwealth are part of the Connecting Activities network for this very purpose.  Education leaders in all of our high schools are invited to join this substantial network of partner and member schools, to be better able to work with their local WIBs to tap into their communities' capacity to support student learning and experiences.  

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Massachusetts Connecting Activities Schools Network Map

Who's on the Map?

This map displays the public high schools of the Commonwealth that are either partners or members of our school network.  Schools that are partners have an agreement with their local Workforce Investment Board to participate in CA, and the two organizations have mutually contributed resources to the effort.  Schools that are members have joined to gain access to information and resources, to receive invitations to CA events sponsored at the local, regional and state levels, and to share information about their own Career Development Education work. With about half of the state's high schools already in the network, we encourage all interested schools to join.  They can do so from the link on the home page (or go directly to this JOIN THE NETWORK link.)
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Join The CA School Network

Become a Member of the Connecting Activities School Network

The network of schools that are involved in Connecting Activities is substantial and growing, and offers a strong community of practice for educators dedicated to College and Career Readiness (CCR) for all students. The Connecting Activities initiative began in 1998 and has been expanding ever since. Through its school network, educators can exchange ideas and practices by accessing a wide range of tools, resources and experiences that support students in their career development.  There are over 170 high schools already involved in this initiative, some with small programs for targeted students, some with whole school reform efforts around College and Career Readiness for all, and others falling in between these.

Join Our School Network!

 By joining the network of schools that are members of Connecting Activities:

  • You will be added to the CA initiative's email list for conferences and professional development events,
  • You will receive an emailed link to register to use the Work-Based Learning Database, and 
  • Your school will be added to the Connecting Activities map.


There are two tiers of participation for schools in Connecting Activities:  High schools that are “Partners” of the network, and those that are “Members.” Here are definitions of each category:

Network Member: Staff of the school connect with the Connecting Activities program through use of the website, the Massachusetts Career Ready database, occasional special events and conferences, online resources, participation in        statewide, regional or citywide Connecting Activities programs or other connections.  Schools assume no obligations as members.

Partner School:  District/school leadership has explicitly agreed with its local Workforce Investment Board (WIB) to enter a partnership so that the school can be active in the Connecting Activities initiative, and it has designated one or more staff in the school who will coordinate work-based learning and/or career development activities through Connecting Activities.  Both the school and the Connecting Activities initiative commit resources to the partnership, such as staff time, space, technology, scheduling, communications and/or other supports.

We invite schools to become members by completing the form above.  [Partner status, which involves an exchange of resources with a WIB, would be mutually agreed upon with that WIB.  Partner schools can be added as resources are available.]