Massachusetts’ Innovative Work-Based Learning Model
Earlier this month, the Pathways to Prosperity team participated in the Massachusetts Connecting Activities Conference—and we applaud the state's unique work-based learning system and infrastructure. Connecting Activities routes state funding through the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s (DESE) Office of College and Career Readiness to the state’s 16 local workforce investment boards in order to connect high schools and businesses. These cross-sectoral partnerships provide structured work-based learning and career development experiences for students across the state. Learn more about this work at http://www.massconnecting.org. In addition, regions across Massachusetts are leveraging federal, local, and private partnerships to launch and scale Pathways opportunities—such as JFF's partnership with SAP in developing a 9-14 IT pathway in Boston and the Youth CareerConnect grant partnerships with Brockton, Marlborough, and West Springfield in IT/computer science, health care, and advanced manufacturing/pre-engineering. DESE, the Department of Higher Education, and the Executive Office of Education recently crafted an overview of Massachusetts's Pathways-related work, Success After High School, which you can read here: http://www.doe.mass.edu/ccr/earlycollegedesigns.pdf.