The Coalition includes a diverse group of public and private organizations that don’t necessarily agree on public policy issues. They include the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership, the Massachusetts Business Roundtable, the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education, the Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators, The Workforce Solutions Group, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston, JFY NetWorks, MassINC, SkillWorks, MassDevelopment, the Massachusetts Communities Action Network, the Nellie Mae Foundation, the Pioneer Institute, Commonwealth Corporation, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, and the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce.

The Alliance for Vocational Technical Education (AVTE) is a new partnership of varied member organizations that all recognize the worth of Career and Vocational Technical Education (CVTE) in Massachusetts. The Alliance believes that every child should have access to high-quality CVTE programs, facilities, and equipment, and that CVTE students should reflect the socioeconomic diversity of the Commonwealth. We further believe that CVTE programs should satisfy the needs–immediate and long-term–of Massachusetts employers.

Evidence and research indicates that CVTE programs deliver tremendous value to students, families, communities, and employers across the state. It is our collective experience that graduates of CVTE programs:

  • secure high-wage jobs
  • possess strong academic, technical, and professional skills
  • are well prepared for further training in skilled occupations and careers
  • enroll in and graduate from 2- and 4-year post-secondary schools in large numbers

The Alliance will work with employers, educators, community and mission-based organizations, and all levels of government to promote CVTE as a powerful educational resource and indispensable foundation for future prosperity across the Commonwealth.

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.