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DOL Priorities and Strategies

Priorities and Strategies of the Massachusetts Community College/Workforce Development Transformation Agenda

Priority #1:  Accelerate progress for low-skilled and other workers.  


  • Health - Nursing Assistant Certificate, Medical Coding, Central Processing in accelerated format.
  • Academic Deans are working to formalize guidelines to award credit for prior learning; ongoing work.
  • Technology Support Certificate has been updated to meet an accelerated format delivery. In addition, an internship with job placement has been included.
  • Math and English Boot Camps to better prepare students before testing.

Priority #2:  Improve retention and achievement rates; reduce time industry recognized credentials, certificates and degrees. 


  • Offering support in Developmental Math and English, ESL, and ABE in collaboration with credit and non-credit divisions.
  • Collaborating with the Divisions of Evening and Weekend, Online Learning and Community and Corporate Education to provide a flexible schedule to potential students.
  • We are providing academic support through tutoring, mentoring and learning specialist staff in the Academic Achievement Center.

Priority #3:  Build programs that meet industry needs, including developing career pathways.


  • Community Health Worker: Partnering with industry in post-secondary institutions to improve certificate curriculum.
  • Solar Installation Certificate: Provide a non-credit training with an internship in an accelerated 8-week format to improve current workers' skills in the field. This is also a stackable credential to a credit certificate or associate degree in manufacturing/engineering.
  • Building new partnerships with industry and technical high schools through other grants to leverage resources.

Priority #4:  Strengthen online and technology-enabled learning.


  • Incorporating HCLN (Health Career Learning Network) to better prepare students going into the health field. 
  • Provide an online assessment tool (Smarter Measures) to assess potential students' learning styles to determine online learning skills. This will allow online learners to be better prepared and informed and have a successful completion. 
  • Offering support on professional development to faculty on online teaching and curriculum design in collaboration with Title III.




These programs are supported by the Massachusetts Community Colleges & Workforce Development Transformation Agenda, which is 100% funded through a $20 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration TAACCCT. Grant Agreement #TC-22505-11-60-A-25.