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College and Career Readiness

College and Career Readiness Technical Assistance Opportunities

CCR professional development and technical assistance is anchored in:

  • Increasing the five year graduation rate
  • Increasing the MassCore completion rate
  • Increasing the number of students that enroll in postsecondary education
  • Reducing the number of students who enroll in developmental (remedial) coursework during their post-secondary educational experience
  • Increasing the number of students, schools, districts and programs participating in career development education (including career awareness, exploration and immersion activities)

All of these metrics are connected to the ESE's goal of "Success After High School."

College and Career Readiness Data Resources

This video series covers where to find – and how to use – many College & Career Readiness data resources available on the websites of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education. Through watching a series of five short videos, you'll examine where to find Profiles, District Analysis Review Tools and various EDWIN reports, and how to navigate within them to understand your students' college and career readiness.

Office for College, Career, and Technical Education School Year 2016-2017 Webinars

As part of its ongoing effort to bring useful information and promising practices to Massachusetts educators involved in career development education, the Office for College, Career, and Technical Education presents the following menu of 2016-2017 webinars.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016, 1-2 PM
Individual Learning Plans
Lisa Harney

ILPs, as a student-driven process, can be driver for postsecondary success for ALL students. This webinar will address the recommended guidelines for implementing ILPs with fidelity as well as share some promising practices from local districts.


Wednesday, November 9, 2016, 1-2 PM
Quality Assessment Tool
Larry DeSalvatore and Marnie Jain

Schools and districts strive every day to develop and maintain high quality technical education programs. But what is high quality? How do we evaluate where we are and determine where we want to be along a quality continuum? The Office for College, Career and Technical Education (OCCTE) has developed a Program Quality Assessment Tool that can be used by schools and districts to assess individual programs or overall programs in up to eight quality categories. In this webinar, OCVTE staff will present an overview of the tool and discuss possible uses. This session is appropriate for any stakeholders interested in systematic program improvement.


Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 1-2 PM
Career Pathways and Career Development Education
Shailah Stewart

Academic proficiency alone is no longer enough to prepare students for success in the 21st century economy. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education believes that ALL students should have access to a curriculum that integrates the knowledge, skills, and experiences necessary for career success, including foundational employability skills, the breadth of career opportunities available, and information about the preparation required for entry into various careers. Programs that combine career awareness, exploration, and immersion experiences, guided by a career planning process, allow students to gain a deeper understanding of the world of work, refine their career and postsecondary education goals, and have the option of developing deep technical skills in a chosen field. This webinar will offer a close look at trends in Massachusetts, including new career preparation and career pathways initiatives, tools and resources.


Tuesday, January 10, 2017, 1-2 PM
Chapter 74 New Program Approval, including Labor Market and Student Demand
Gary Gomes and Dave Edmonds

The Webinar will provide an orientation to the new Chapter 74 approval process. The new Chapter 74 approval process will be more rigorous and will include a pre-application process (which will also include technical assistance and sample documents from Department staff), and demonstration of the need for the program based upon Labor Market Information and student demand for the program. Collaboration, communication and cooperation between districts will be a emphasized when considering approval for certain types of programs. This marks a new direction in ensuring that Chapter 74 programs meet the needs of the areas the school districts serve, while increasing student access to high quality programs.


Tuesday, February 14, 2017, 1-2 PM
Early College and Other Postsecondary Linkages
Nyal Fuentes

Early college programming incorporates credit-bearing college coursework and academic supports into the high school experience to support increased numbers of students, particularly those who are traditionally underrepresented in postsecondary education, to graduate from high school and go on to complete a postsecondary credential with currency in the labor market. This webinar will highlight several components of early college programs, including identifying an industry sector, establishing partnerships, aligning curriculum, offering college credits, engaging employers, and supporting students.


Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 1-2 PM
2016 Graduation and Dropout Rate Data
Lisa Harney

This webinar will cover the release of the cohort (2016) graduation and dropout rate data. We will highlight a district that has made positive improvement in both rates and share some successful strategies.

Register for this webinar.


Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 1-2 PM
Career Certifications & Credentials
Maura Russell

Career and technical programs in Massachusetts are increasingly building opportunities for students to earn "stackable" (i.e., vertically or horizontally connected) credentials while still in high school. These efforts are supported by emerging research that substantiates a positive relationship between non-degree industry-recognized credentials and certifications and recipients' job placement rates, earnings, and career advancement. Because these credentials offer proof of specific skill sets and knowledge bases, recipients possess a competitive advantage in hiring and a solid foundation for further education. This webinar will explore various approaches being used by Massachusetts secondary schools to provide students with credentialing opportunities.

Register for this webinar.

Last Updated: February 16, 2017
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