Career/Vocational Technical Education

Chapter 74 Partnership Program ("After Dark")

The Chapter 74 Partnership Program approval process recognizes innovative Career Vocational Technical Education pathways with an altered delivery schedule through the partnership of a student's enrolled district and a district with established Chapter 74 programs.

After Dark Reporting Webinars

The Department is offering two webinars to those school districts with approved Chapter 74 “After Dark” partnerships to assist them in meeting SIMS reporting and other DESE requirements. These webinars are designed to be useful for district personnel responsible for enrollment data collection, data reporting to DESE, and program oversight and administration. Please click on the Webinar Date hypertext to register.

Webinar NameWebinar DateWebinar Time
"After Dark" Reporting RequirementsSeptember 28, 202111:00 AM
"After Dark" Reporting Requirements RepeatSeptember 30, 20211:00 PM

After Dark Approval Applications

The next round of Chapter 74 Partnership Program ("After Dark") approval applications will be open Monday January 3, 2022 through Friday, March 11, 2022 at 5:00 PM. An Application Portal link will be available on this page by no later than January 3, 2022.

(Please note that transportation reimbursements may be available for regional partnerships. For more information, please contact Larry DeSalvatore.)


Chapter 74 Partnership "After Dark" designation allows school districts offering Chapter 74 vocational technical education programs to partner with other school districts or with other schools within a single school district to provide Chapter 74 VTE opportunities during times outside the typical school day when vocational technical facilities are underutilized.

Designation allows sending school districts, or sending schools within a single district, to report students as Chapter 74-enrolled and to receive any increases to Chapter 70 state aid that may result from such reporting.

Key Program Features:

  • Partnership between traditional high schools and schools with established C74 programs and facilities

    *Priority given to oversubscribed schools and programs, especially those in Gateway Cities

  • Altered schedule for participating students
    • Core academics at local high school
    • 900+ total hours of C74 instruction at technical school

  • Alignment with regional economic and workforce development priorities or other evidenced labor market demand

  • MOU between districts for fiscal and programmatic components

  • Consultation with CTE school's Program Advisory Committee

  • Qualified instructional personnel

  • Equitable admissions criteria

For more information, please contact Larry DeSalvatore.

Designated Chapter 74 "After Dark" Partnerships

Program DistrictPartnering Districts or SchoolsProgramCIP Code
Greater Lawrence Regional Vocational Technical School DistrictLawrence Public Schools, Phoenix Charter Academy, Andover Public SchoolsAdvanced Manufacturing480501
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration470201
Automotive Technology470604
Metal Fabrication and Joining Technologies480509
Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School DistrictGloucester Public Schools, Peabody Public Schools (not accepting new enrollments), Salem Public Schools (not accepting new enrollments), Beverly Public Schools, Swampscott Public Schools, Marblehead Public SchoolsAdvanced Manufacturing480501
Construction Craft Laborer469999
Automotive Collision, Repair and Refinishing470603
Automotive Technology470604
Design and Visual Communications500401
Greater Lowell Regional Vocational Technical School DistrictLowell Public SchoolsAdvanced Manufacturing480501
Automotive Technology470604
Information Support Systems and Networking110401
Lynn Public SchoolsIn-District: Lynn Classical High School, Lynn English High School, Fecteau-Leary Junior/Senior High SchoolAdvanced Manufacturing480501
Health Assisting510000
Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical School DistrictBrockton Public SchoolsAdvanced Manufacturing480501
Automotive Technology470604
Culinary Arts120500
Dental Assisting510601
Early Education and Care131210
Engineering Technology150000
Medical Assisting510801
Springfield Public SchoolsIn-District: Springfield High School of Science & TechnologyAdvanced Manufacturing480501
Automotive Technology470604
Health Assisting510000
Information Support Systems and Networking110401
Metal Fabrication and Joining Technologies480509

Funding Available for Planning and Implementing "After Dark" Programs

In each of the last three years, Program school districts have applied for and been awarded funding in order to plan and implement "After Dark" programs. For more information on funding, see the links below or contact Larry DeSalvatore.

Please note that Career and Technical Education Planning Grants and Implementation Grants also fund other efforts to expand access to career and technical education programs.

Last Updated: September 8, 2021

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