The Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education

High Quality Career Pathways Initiative

Members of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
Mitchell D. Chester, Ed.D., Commissioner
March 17, 2017

I am pleased to inform the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education about the High Quality Career Pathway (HQCP) initiative, which Massachusetts has launched under the leadership of the Workforce Skills Cabinet. The HQCP initiative is designed to prepare all students for success after high school and to be ready for both college and career. Four types of HQCPs (Career Technical Education Pathway, Early College Career Pathway, Innovation Career Pathway, and Adult Career Pathway) are being organized around a formal designation process with a mechanism for funding this work. All HQCPs include six components: 1) career advising; 2) work-based learning; 3) postsecondary linkages; 4) technical coursework; 5) credential attainment; and 6) alignment with labor market data. Below are updates on the progress of the four HQCP initiatives organized by type:

The High Quality Career Pathways initiative received additional support at an event held on Friday, March 3, 2017 at Greater Lowell Regional Vocational Technical High School. Governor Baker, along with Secretaries Peyser, Walker, and Ash, awarded $11.8 million in Skills Capital Grants to 32 vocational schools, community colleges, and traditional public high schools, which will use the funds to purchase capital equipment and expand skills training programs for careers in growing industries. As part of the Administration's Economic Development bill, Massachusetts has $45 million to award over the next three years. Created last year, the Skills Capital Grants are awarded to educational institutions that demonstrate partnerships with industry and align curriculum and credentials with businesses' demand, in order to maximize hiring opportunities in each region of the state.

I look forward to updating the Board periodically about our work on various aspects of the High Quality Career Pathways initiative. Please contact me if you have questions about it.