Massachusetts Connecting Activities


Connecting Activities

Connecting Activities is a statewide network, organized through the sixteen MassHire Workforce Boards, connecting employers and schools to support work-based learning and other career development education activities for students. Find out more about how this initiative can support students in your community.

News and Updates

FY2024 Placement Screen Definitions and Discussion

Thursday, January 1, 1970


Massachusetts highlighted in ASA guide

Friday, June 17, 2022

Work-Based Learning programs in Massachusetts are highlighted in a new guide published by ASA.   According to the guide:

“Those opportunities to really hone in on a career identity, as well as build some workplace skills and build the social capital that we know is critical for both long term career success and sort of navigating the working world — all of those things should be happening,” Lammers said.

ASA has developed a guide to help schools systems and communities build capacity and positive outcomes with work-based learning opportunities. The guide features state-level initiatives to ensure equitable access, strengthen infrastructure and communications, set quality and accountability expectations, and more. 



From the DESE CCTE Newsletter: Use ELA/Literacy Standards to Teach Foundational Skills

Friday, February 4, 2022

From the Connecting Activities Notes in the December DESE CCTE newsletter. Often educators will ask.... ...

ASA Blog Post - Featured Interview

Friday, February 4, 2022

An interview with Kerry Akaskian about the Connecting Activities program is featured in a recent American Student Assistance blog post.  In the blog, they write: [We] have been digging deeper into best practices and policies employed by states to expand and improve high school work-based learning programs.... In this next installment, we chat with Dr. Kerry Akashian, Career Development Education Lead at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Read the interview:


FY2021 Connecting Activities Annual Report now available on website

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Learn more about the Massachusetts Connecting Activities initiative by reading our Annual Report. The report shares news about our projects, initiatives and accomplishments, as well as highlights and stories from Connecting Activities programming from local programs around Massachusetts. 

View or download the FY21 report: PDF