College and Career Readiness
Update: Massachusetts High Quality College and Career Pathways Initiative
The Commonwealth has launched a High Quality College and Career Pathways initiative that will serve as an overarching strategy for significantly expanding student access to high-quality career pathways. The initiative is focused on pathways for underserved populations into science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.
There are two new types of pathways for this effort: Early College and Innovation. Both are anchored in the five guiding principles defined in the Massachusetts Early College Designation – Preliminary Outline of Key Elements: equitable access, guided academic pathways, enhanced student support, connection to career, and effective partnerships.
To learn more about Innovation Pathways, review the draft of the Innovation Pathway Criteria document. Questions and comments about the draft criteria can be sent to Shailah Stewart. To learn more about Early College programs, review the Early College Criteria that the Early College Joint Committee and the Boards of Elementary and Secondary Education, adn Higher Education finalized in June 2017.
There will be webinars on the Innovation Pathways designation criteria and process from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on two Thursdays: August 3 and August 10. Webinars on the Early College Pathways designation criteria and process will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Wednesday, August 2 and 1-2:30 p.m. Monday, August 14. Interested parties are encouraged to participate and will have the opportunity to ask questions. Registration is available via the links above.