Who We Are

The Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators, Inc. (MAVA) is a professional association of educational leaders who administer and advocate for high-quality vocational-technical and agricultural education in Massachusetts.

We are a statewide association that includes 59 member schools – regional vocational technical high schools, regional and county agricultural high schools, independent high schools, city vocational high schools, an educational collaborative, an academic high school, and comprehensive high schools. Each offers at least one state-approved Chapter 74 vocational technical education program.

MAVA is run by a Board of Directors which includes the CEOs or designee of all member schools. The Board is led by five officers: a President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary/Clerk, and Immediate Past President. They supervise an Executive Director, who oversees a team of employees and independent contractors.

MAVA is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization.

Our Beliefs

  • Access: Providing career and technical education for all students with the interest and ability to benefit.
  • Rigor and Relevance: Advocating for career and technical education that provides students with the academic, technical and employability skills needed to compete in a global economy.
  • Results: Graduating and placing students who are critical thinkers, lifelong learners, and responsible citizens who have both technical and academic proficiency.
  • Relationships: Building strong partnerships among home, school, employers and our respective communities.

​Our Mission

  • To support a performance-based delivery model that results in academic and technical proficiency for all students;
  • To improve instruction through experiential learning that integrates both academic and career and technical performance standards;
  • To provide professional development activities that support career and technical educators, honor accomplishments, and advance professional and organizational leadership goals;
  • To advocate for career and technical education that is respected and valued, aligned to industry standards, and relevant to the needs of students;
  • To build partnerships and alliances with business, industry, labor, post-secondary institutions, and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education;
  • To accept nothing less than accountable, high quality, and adequately funded career and technical education for our students.