About Connecting Activities

[h3]About Connecting Activities[/h3]
  • Connects schools and businesses to provide structured work-based learning experiences for students
  • Provides a real-world context for teaching a more relevant curriculum
  • Relates students academic lessons in school with their career ambitions
  • Utilizes the Massachusetts Work Based Learning Plan to guide learning and productivity on the job

PROGRAM COMPONENTS

  • Employer Internships for High School Students
  • School / Employer Collaborations
  • Youth Workforce Skill and Career Development
  • Job Shadowing Opportunities

WHO WILL BENEFIT?

STUDENTS

  • Real-world experience strengthens academic performance
  • Helps students graduate with workplace skills
  • Provides necessary skills needed for career success
  • Lowers dropout rate by engaging students

EMPLOYERS

  • Develops a competitive workforce
  • Develops relationships with schools and community
  • Provides subsidized, paid or unpaid internships
  • Increases employee retention
  • Opportunity to address projects that are placed on “back-burner”

TEACHERS

  • Provides new career connections in the classroom
  • Develops new and existing curriculum
  • Creates new classroom activities

WORK-BASED LEARNING PLAN

  • A tool designed to drive learning and productivity in jobs, internships and other work-based learning experiences
  • Identifies ability level within skill areas (diagnostic)
  • Drives quality of student learning and productivity (goal-setting)
  • Assesses student progress (assessment)
  • Click here to view the Massachusetts Work Based Learning Plan

EMPLOYER INVOLVEMENT

  • Provide internships for area youth
  • Utilize the Work-Based Learning Plan that promotes youth skill attainment
  • Attend Chamber sponsored Employer Activities / Forums
  • Promote Connecting Activities to Employer peers