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Initiatives / Career Pathways / Grants


Through grantmaking and partnership, we work to increase the number of Boston students who progress through career pathways that are engaging and relevant, address community needs, and prepare young people to enter meaningful careers.

Career Pathways funds grants in 2 areas:

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.

Initiative for Deepening and Expanding Access to Learning through Career Pathways (IDEAL) 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 the quality elements defined by DESE.

The call for proposals in Career Pathways is usually opened in February of each year. Please check back here for more information.

Career Pathways Expansion Planning Grants provide interested Boston Public Schools technical support 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 the school year following planning grants. Planning grant opportunities are shared in late spring. Interested schools should contact the Boston Public Schools Office of Career and Technical Education.

SY 2022-2023 Grantees

Pathway Planning

  • Boston Green Academy
  • Boston International Newcomers Academy
  • Jeremiah E. Burke High School
  • Margarita Muñiz Academy
  • O’Bryant School of Math and Science
  • TechBoston Academy


  • Jeremiah E. Burke High School
  • Madison Park Technical Vocational High School
  • UAspire


  • Apprentice Learning
  • Brighter Boston with the O'Bryant School of Math and Science
  • Charlestown High School
  • Cristo Rey Boston High School
  • Fenway High School
  • Margarita Muñiz Academy
  • Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center