The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s “Connecting Activities” initiative is an in-school program that is designed for in-school youth that allows students to experience the world of work through internships. The program helps youth see the relationship between what they are learning in school and their career aspirations.

Worcester Public Schools

  • Burncoat High School
  • Claremont Learning Laboratory School
  • Doherty Memorial High School
  • Gerald Creamer Center
  • North High School
  • South High Community School
  • Worcester Alternative School
  • Worcester Technical High School
  • University Park Campus
  • Alternative School

Contact: Stephanie Stockwell, Connecting Activities Coordinator, (508) 751-7663.

  • Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School
  • Blackstone Millville Regional High School
  • Douglas High School
  • Grafton High School
  • Hopedale High School
  • Milford High School
  • Millbury High School
  • Nipmuc Regional High School
  • Northbridge High School
  • Sutton High School
  • Uxbridge High School

Contact: Erika Baum, Connecting Activities Coordinator, (508) 234-9090 ext 101.



Funded by the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA), out-of-school services emphasize educational and career pathways training to youth ages 16-24 who are no longer in school.

Through a network of regional service providers, youth services offer participants access to the following components:

  • Tutoring, Study Skills Activities
  • Alternative Secondary School Activities
  • Paid and Unpaid Work Experience
  • Occupational Skills Training
  • Education with Workforce Prep Activities
  • Leadership Development
  • Support Services
  • Adult Mentoring
  • Follow-up Services
  • Guidance and Counseling
  • Financial Literacy Training
  • Entrepreneurial Skills Training
  • Labor Market and Employment Information

Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)/Home Health Training, Post-secondary Exploration, Work Readiness Training, and Job Placement at the following location:

Worcester and Surrounding Towns – (508) 752-0778

Grafton serves 206 residential students and 31 non-residential participants. It offers vocational training in 9 trades, a GED program and an online high school diploma program. The Grafton Center also offers an Advanced Human Service Worker program. The majority of students come from the cities of Worcester and Boston.

100 Pine Street
North Grafton, MA 01536

Phone: (508) 887-7300
Fax: (508) 839-9781

The Individual Training Account offers a wide range of approved training programs. A few popular trainings attended by clients: Tractor Trailer Training, Certified Nurse Assistant, Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), Medical Assistant, and HVAC.

Career counseling, job assistance and 1 year of follow-up support available after training.

Program Eligibility Criteria: Proof of age (18+), work authorization, selective service compliant, and one of the following: economically disadvantaged, dislocated worker, target company lay-offs, or displaced homemakers.

Contract: 508-799-1600 x601

High School Equivalency Preparation, Post-secondary Exploration, Work Readiness Training, and Job Placement at the following location:

Worcester and Surrounding Towns – (508) 754-1176

Health Care (CNA), Residential Child and Youth Care Worker, High School Equivalency Preparation, Work Readiness Training, and Job Placement at the following locations:

Milford and Surrounding Towns – (508) 473-2178

Whitinsville and Surrounding Towns – (508) 266-2125 

Webster and Surrounding Townss -(508)-461-9503

Worcester and Surrounding Towns – (508)-552-7300

Youth Resources

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