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Executive Summary

on Wed, 08/29/2012 - 15:27

In 2010, the Massachusetts Community Colleges Executive Office (MCCEO) and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) partnered to form a task force with representation from both secondary and postsecondary institutions for the purpose of developing statewide articulation agreements to facilitate secondary students’ transitions to the public community college system.  The Commonwealth has sixty-eight Chapter 74-approved vocational technical education programs. After a successful pilot resulting in the development of a statewide articulation in Drafting, MCCEO and DESE sought to identify six additional Chapter-74 secondary programs to target for statewide articulation that would positively impact the greatest number of high school students.  This resulted in six more agreements being adopted in Manufacturing/Engineering; Culinary Arts; Transportation; Arts & Communications; Information Technology; and Early Childhood Education.

During the summer of 2014 an advisory board was developed to again examine possible areas of articulation.  The advisory board was again comprised of faculty from the community colleges from selected disciplines, as well as teachers from the Chapter 74 schools in the same discipline.  The advisory board met in mid-July to review the Chapter 74 Frameworks in relation to the curriculum of specific courses at the community college level. The following provides a synopsis of the data collected and reviewed; as well as recommendations on seven new articulation areas:


Secondary Schools with Approved Chapter 74 Program

Community Colleges that offer programs or courses

Recommended Course Articulations

Hospitality Management



  1. Introduction to Hospitality
  2. Introduction to Hospitality Management
  3. Food Service Sanitation (ServSafe)

Business Technology



  1. Introduction to Microcomputer Applications
  2. Keyboarding
  3. Introduction to Word Processing
  4. Administrative Office Procedures
  5. Introductory Accounting/Computer Applications

Health Assisting (CNA)



  1. Medical Terminology
  2. Award three elective credits upon submission of current registration from the Department of Public Health and current Healthcare Provider CPR/
    First Aid Certification

Medical Assisting



  1. Medical Assisting
  2. Basic Clinical Skills
  3. Medical Terminology
  4. Medical Office Procedures

*Caveat to this agreement regarding accreditation. See full agreement for details




  1. Introduction to Blueprint Reading
  2. Construction Methods and Materials
  3. Introduction to Construction Estimating

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration



  1. Basic Electricity and Control Theory
  2. Introduction to Heat and Refrigeration Principles and Applications

Machine Tool Technology



  1. Manufacturing Safety
  2. Fundamentals of Machine Operation