The term School to Career Connecting Activities refers to building connections between employers and schools in order to provide work experience opportunities and other career development opportunities. Connecting Activities is a state budget line item that provides money for staff who create these school-employer connections through work-based learning programs. Connecting Activities staff also support other connections, such as job shadow days, career days, employer guest speaker programs, workshops and other career development activities. The primary measurement goals for the initiative are based on employer and student participation in work-based learning experiences (jobs/internships).Connecting Activities funding flows from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) to the regional Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs).
- Each region has flexibility in how they organize and staff the Connecting Activities initiative. Staff may come from the school district, the WIB, the Career Center, a School-to-Career partnership, or a partner organization such as a chamber of commerce or community college.
- Each region, in consultation with local school districts, also has flexibility in program design, around the central element of connecting students with work-based learning. Additional program design elements may include workshops, career fairs and career days, job shadow days, teacher externship programs, employer guest speaker programs, or other career development activities.
- Connecting Activities programming is designed to enhance, complement and support other programming in the school and community, so that youth can experience a range of opportunities as they develop college and career readiness throughout their high school years.