School to Career Champion Events 2014



Together with


Bellingham High School


School-to-Career Pathways

“Integrating college and career readiness in our public schools”


You are cordially invited to attend our “School to Career Pathways” showcase at Bellingham High School,
Friday, January 31, 2013 from 9:00-10:15 a.m.

This showcase will feature legislators, champion employers and youth, discussing career exploration and internships.

Connecting Activities is an initiative designed to provide career readiness and work experience to Massachusetts high school students.

Through our partnerships, youth are connected with businesses that provide structured work-based learning experiences that support both academics and future employability skills. We seek to expand funding to make work and learning experiences available to more students across the state.


Located at:

Bellingham High School

Please RSVP

Kelley French

Partnerships for a Skilled Workforce, Inc.

508-281-6910 or


2013 Central Massachusetts YouthWorks Report



School-to-Career Readiness

The Mass Workforce Board Association and the Workforce Solution Group call for Legislators to bolster efforts.

“The failure to integrate college and career readiness in our public schools is an immediate and growing crisis… Young adults become more inspired, engaged, and motivated when they are exposed to the workplace – and that has a direct impact on higher education.”

– Gerald Chertavian, Year Up Founder & CEO, Chair of the Governor’s College and Career Readiness Task Force

The jobs of today and tomorrow increasingly require advanced training and job readiness skills. The youth unemployment rate it at its highest rate ever reported, nearly double that of adults. Students who miss out on early work and job readiness training are more likely to experience later unemployment, and less likely to have a successful career.

Connecting Activities is a successful program which provides work learning opportunities for low income high school students in MA.

From 2007 to 2012, state funding was cut by roughly $4.4 million, with a reduction in employer wage contributions of almost $29 million. These funding cuts have social costs, including an increased number of drop outs, decreased college enrollment, and inexperience in the workplace.

YouthWorks 2012 Databook

Teen Interview Tips from Employers

For additional information please visit Commonwealth Corporation

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