The new Alliance for Vocational Technical Education (AVTE), a broad-based association of unlikely partners from across Massachusetts, was established to build on the successes achieved by vocational technical education during the past several years. It is a coalition of business groups, vocational high school administrators, and community groups formed to engage decision-makers in the Baker Administration and the Legislature to work with us in advancing vocational education in Massachusetts.
“Our main goal is to increase access to high-quality vocational education,” said Timothy P. Murray, President & CEO of the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce and one of three co-chairs of the group. The others are David J. Ferreira, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators, and Lewis Finfer, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Communities Action Network.
More than thirty members of the Coalition have been meeting regularly to map strategy and identify a series of steps to improve access to vocational education programs. The group represents a host of public, not-for-profit, and private sector partners.
In February 2018, AVTE released a white paper entitled “High Quality Career Technical Education in Massachusetts: A Critical Investment in Our State’s Future“. An Executive Summary of the white paper highlights the elements of high quality career technical programs and ways to support efforts to expand access to such programming.