Who We Are

The Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators (MAVA) is a professional association of educational leaders who administer career and technical programs in Massachusetts schools.

Our Beliefs


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.



Graduating and placing students who are critical thinkers, lifelong learners, and responsible citizens who have both technical and academic proficiency.



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.