Employability Skills

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Career Stories Foster Skill & Competency Growth Critical skills and competencies can impact a person’s ability to obtain employment and to move along their pathway to their career objective. These sorts of qualities have been termed and referred to by many words. They have been referred to as “soft skills,” “people skills,” “interpersonal skills,” “transferable […]

Career Stories Promote Pathways to Careers

Promoting Career Exploration Career stories promote pathways to careers by connecting learners to the interview narratives of workers with real-world experience and advice. Interviewees frequently mimic mentors. This supports the notion that ‘if a student can see it, they can be it.’ Career journey stories allow learners to imagine themselves working in specific roles and […]

Dropout Prevention Success Story

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Plumbing and mechanical systems inspector Jothum Stallings recounts as a high school student being “on the verge of dropping out.” His career story interview illustrates the effectiveness of developing career-connected learning and the promise of solutions tied to integrating real-life applications into instruction and curricula. It supports the notion that ‘if a student can see it, they […]

Webinar: Effective Partnerships – Massachusetts Early College


Guiding Principle: Effective Partnerships Designated programs should be a partnership between at least one institution of higher education and one public secondary school and district, and may include one or more employers. Partnerships should present evidence that the program is consistent with collective bargaining agreements and memoranda of understanding detailing the nature of governance, budget, […]

Webinar: Connection to Career – Massachusetts Early College


Designated programs should expose students to a variety of career opportunitiesincluding greater depth in careers relevant to their selected pathway, for example, by providing opportunities for targeted workforce and career skills development, careercounseling, and elements of experiential and workplace learning. This guiding principle dictates that designated early college programs should be designed to support college […]

Webinar: Enhanced Student Support – Massachusetts Early College


Designated programs should incorporate sufficient wraparound services to promote academic success and completion, taking into consideration the needs of diverse populations of students. Early college should be designed not as a boutique program, but should reflect a holistic program design in contemplation of the lived experience of the target student population. Specifically, programs are encouraged […]

Webinar: Guided Academic Pathways – Massachusetts Early College

Designated programs should be structured around clear and detailed student academic pathways from secondary and post-secondary education with regard to coursework, sequencing, and experiences beyond the classroom. Given this pathway, students should be expected to complete at least twelve college credits that count towards a postsecondary credential. Programs should also offer students substantive exposure to […]

Webinar: Equitable Access – Massachusetts Early College

Designated programs should prioritize students underrepresented in higher education enrollment and completion. To facilitate this, programs should be structured to eliminate barriers to student participation. Design might therefore include, but not be limited to, tuition-free participation, open enrollment without regard to prior academic performance, student supports to promote success, scalability, multiple entry points for students, […]

Equitable Access to Careers for All Students

Equity in the workplace starts with equitable education that leads to occupations that offer fair treatment in access, opportunity, and advancement for everyone. This includes identifying and working to eliminate barriers to fair treatment for disadvantaged groups from an individual level through systemic changes in organizations and industries. In order to achieve equity, we first […]

Equity: In Education and Careers

When equity is introduced into career-focused learning, dreams can take shape. Every student can now begin to envision their ideal job, begin considering the new possibilities they have for work, and begin developing academic and career pathways that take them forward. Equity that begins with career education becomes an equalizing educational experience. We’ve come a long […]