Career Pathways

EdVestors’ third effort to achieve citywide student impact is to expand Career and Technical Education (CTE) pathways as a strategy for improving Boston’s traditional public high schools.

Why Career Pathways?

Data from CTE models show that students involved in CTE are more likely to graduate, enroll in college, get a job, and earn higher wages. CTE pathways built on best practices can help to close opportunity and achievement gaps by providing access to rigorous coursework, non-academic student supports, exposure to work-based learning and career readiness, and opportunities for college and career exploration. We believe that expanding CTE pathways can be part of the equation for addressing the challenges facing Boston’s traditional public high schools.

Current Career Pathway Efforts — click here to learn more about individual projects

Career Pathways Expansion Planning Grants provide interested schools technical support in SY2020-21 for a year of planning to develop a new career pathway. These pathways, leading to college and career readiness, technical competencies, work-based learning and post-secondary opportunities, and credentialing will be launched to students in SY2021-2022.


  • Brighton High School (Brighton)
  • Boston Arts Academy (Dorchester)
  • Boston Day and Evening Academy (Roxbury)
  • Dearborn STEM Academy (Roxbury)
  • New Mission High School (Hyde Park)


Foundations of Career and Academic Learning (FOCAL Grants) support schools and their career-focused nonprofit partner organizations, who are interested in integrating school-wide efforts around career readiness, with specific attention on leveraging personalized learning plans or MyCAP. This work supports enhancing career exploration and learning for all students.


  • Brighton High School (Brighton)
  • Community Academy of Science and Health (Dorchester)
  • Dearborn STEM Academy (Roxbury)


Initiative for Deepening and Expanding Access to Learning through Career Pathways (IDEAL Career Pathways Grants) support schools and their career-focused nonprofit partner organizations to increase student access and persistence in existing career pathways by supporting pathway development in one of six quality elements defined by DESE.


  • Brighter Boston with Boston Arts Academy (Dorchester)
  • Charlestown High School (Charlestown)
  • Digital Ready Inc (District-wide)
  • Excel High School (South Boston)
  • Madison Park Technical Vocational High School (Roxbury)

Grant Seekers

The deadline for SY2020-21 applications has passed. Thank you for your interest, for more information please contact

Word Doc versions of applications are available on the right panel for reference only.