Are You Struggling to Increase Your

Post-Secondary Outcomes for All Students? We Can Help!


33% of students DO NOT GRADUATE from community college within 4 years

Over 30% of students go DIRECTLY TO THE WORKFORCE and that number is growing

40% of students DO NOT GRADUATE from college within 6 Years

The Changing Workforce Landscape calls for a TRANSFORMATION of Workforce Pipeline Development so ALL young people can thrive and build financially successful careers


The SCG Workforce Pipeline Accelerator is our signature 4-part framework to build workforce pipelines that increase post-secondary outcomes for ALL students.

→ Create high quality post-secondary career placements so that ALL students graduate with a plan 

→ Create scalable workforce pipelines to career success without students having to amass college debt

→ Create post-secondary options to meet labor market demands for a diverse, equitable workforce 


“Judi has been an exceptional partner that I hope to work with for many years to come. While Judi and her team are quintessential professionals and researchers, what really sets them apart is their expertise in workforce development, organizational improvement, and the institutional landscape in Massachusetts. The team is able to leverage this expertise to add tremendous value to schools seeking to elevate and accelerate their work to provide students with career pathways towards prosperity. I enthusiastically recommend them without reservation!"

Josh Otlin | Principal Milford High School

“In collaboration with Specialized Career Guidance, our team at AccuRounds provided high school students an overview of advanced manufacturing thru a virtual tour followed by Q&A. Judi and her team planned a productive event, with excellent feedback from both our team and the students. Programs like these are vital in exposing students to viable career pathways. Specialized Career Guidance plays a key role in workforce development, connecting employers to their future workforce. It was a pleasure working with Judi.”

Michael Tamasi | President and CEO, AccuRounds

There has never been a better time!

The SCG Workforce Pipeline Accelerator provides your team the tools, the strategies, and expert guidance to build workforce pipelines quickly. We are with you every step of the way!

The SCG Accelerator delivers...

Workforce Pilot Programs with Student Cohorts in Multiple Industry Sectors

Career Pathways Coupled with Workforce Preparation and Training

Resources Designed to Establish Industry-Recognized Credentials

Strategic Career Exploration Programming Emphasizing Regional Priorities

Expert Guidance on Program Implementation at All Phases


"Judi was such a valuable resource to Hull High School as we worked to give career-bound students exposure to a wide range of post-secondary opportunities. Her attention to detail and enthusiasm were evident as we planned our programs, held workshops for students to explore career options, and took students on exciting field trips that motivated them to pursue careers in the trades. Judi does an excellent job seeking the information that she needs to personalize her work with each group of students. Whatever interest a student brought up, Judi seemed to have multiple resources and connections to help them take the next step in learning more. She shows a genuine interest in the future success of each student and works tirelessly to provide opportunities for our school."

Michelle Burke | Former Guidance Counselor, Hull High School

Judi Vigna, CDE® and CEO of Specialized Career Guidance

Judi is a workforce development specialist with extensive experience building workforce pipelines between high schools seeking to expand post-graduate outcomes, and leading industries seeking to hire motivated talent.

Judi helps educational teams develop the organizational systems to implement sustainable and scalable school-to-work pipelines, and rapidly advance career pathway programming.

Adept at building strong coalitions of community and regional partners, Judi travels throughout the state meeting with industry leaders, school districts, unions, and associations, to foster development of career opportunities for young people.

Judi is a Certified Diversity Executive® Trained in Career Pathway Development

Associated Industries of Massachusetts - Member

Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC), Western Mass 2022 Cohort

Leadership South Shore, a South Shore Bank & South Shore Chamber of Commerce Initiative
Steering Team Member
Cohort Participant 2021 - 2022

Massachusetts Workforce Association - Affiliate Member

MassHire South Shore Workforce Board
Manufacturing Advisory Committee Member
HealthCare Advisory Committee Member

OSHA 10 Certification

Plymouth Public Schools
Computer-Aided Design Advisory Member

Society for Diversity - Certified Diversity Executive with Distinction of Exceptional for Submitted Project

South Shore Chamber Member

Women's Business Enterprise National Certification (WBENC)

Women for UMASS Amherst
Outreach and Engagement Committee Member

"I have had the pleasure of knowing Judi for many years and I can confidently say I have never met anyone with as much infectious energy and drive.  As founder and CEO of Specialized Career Guidance (SCG), Judi brings a level of expertise and support to our district that was previously lacking. Judi and her team have a special skill set for bringing a wide range of stakeholders together with varying perspectives, finding their common interests and building an infrastructure that benefits everyone involved. Judi’s commitment to creating diverse, equitable and inclusive opportunities for all students has had such a profound impact on our students. SCG truly cares about helping youth find options that will improve their future."

Christopher Campbell | Superintendent Plymouth Public Schools

"The Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts (AGC MA) recently undertook a concerted workforce development initiative for the commercial construction industry. While we represent some of the most sophisticated commercial builders in the country, we lacked the expertise to navigate the space between the educational community and our industry. After becoming a client of Specialized Career Guidance, we couldn’t be more pleased with our progress in creating pathways to employment between schools, community stakeholders, and our industry. Judi Vigna is an exceptional collaborator who creates synergistic connections with all stakeholders to make educational and vocational pathways to employment more diverse, inclusive, and navigable."

John S. Ferrante | Chief Executive Officer, Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts, Inc.

"Having enjoyed an over forty-year career as hospital chief executive, I can honestly say I never encountered anyone better than Judi at organizing data, resources and people around problems to be solved or opportunities to create. She has a unique talent for creating movement in communities where talk doesn’t always lead to action. You will have to move to keep up with her."

Peter Holden | Former CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital - Plymouth

What's Included in the SCG Workforce Pipeline Accelerator Program


The Art of Building the Infrastructure

Education-to-Workforce Pipelines call for a strategic approach to building a set of integrated systems.

You will finish this Module with a comprehensive overview of your school district’s current career pathway and workforce components and a cross-functional team ready to move your goals forward.


Leveraging Expertise to Expediate Your Reach & Build Capacity

With your foundational knowledge established and your team in place, you will take an integrated approach to identifying and partnering with external stakeholders.

You will finish this Module with the knowledge and skills to develop productive partnerships and advance career exploration programming.


Building Momentum

Post-secondary success can be achieved through a variety of pathways.

You will finish this Module with pipeline systems in place and a school community primed for post-secondary success.


Broadening the Scope

Building and maintaining successful workforce development pipelines is not a ‘one and done’ enterprise.

You will finish this Module with the organizational systems in place to broaden post-secondary outcomes for students and develop long-term workforce pipelines along multiple career pathways.

“The vision of creating a pathway for prospective trade professionals to shape their destiny in their desired field is a necessary cog in the success wheel. Judi Vigna from Specialized Career Guidance has developed a model that can assist the construction industry and prospective employees to become aligned to address the shortage of candidates for construction jobs in Massachusetts and beyond. Judi is a staunch advocate for creating opportunities that will assist our future construction workforce. The Plymouth Public Schools are committed to partnering with Judi and Specialized Career Guidance to introduce career education opportunities to potential trade professionals.”

Gary Maestas | Former Superintendent Plymouth Public Schools

Specialized Career Guidance took our Photonics Certificate Program to a whole new level. Judi Vigna brought the future direction into focus with suggestions about student experiences, funding, and industry pipelines. We will be forever grateful for her expertise, organization, and positive energy.”

Dr. Cheryl Schnitzer | Director of Photonics Certificate Program and Chemistry Professor, Stonehill College

"Parents and students are no longer accepting as fact that direct college entry is the one-and-only option for everybody. Judi discovered that the Building Trades apprenticeships have offered viable and valuable careers for generations. Her frustration and curiosity around careers for young people has turned to enthusiasm and advocacy for apprenticeship. Through her boundless energy and the unique structure at Specialized Career Guidance, Judi has become an invaluable resource for young people seeking careers in construction, for training programs seeking motivated apprentices, and for contractors seeking skilled craftspersons."

Dennis Lassige | Regional Manager, North Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters


SCG Workforce Pipeline Accelerator

Created and Led by Judi Vigna, Specialist in the Field of Workforce Development


✓ 12 months of access for 4 staff members

✓ 4 Asynchronous Modules

✓ 40+ Instructor-Facilitated Lessons

✓ Recorded Interviews with Industry Experts

✓ Templates and Assessments

✓ A Complimentary one-on-one consulting session with Judi 

✓ State-Wide Industry Speaker Series

✓ Resource Information 


12 Months of Access


“My experience working with Specialized Career Guidance has been an entirely positive and engaging one for both myself and my Engineering students at Plymouth North High School. Judi Vigna, Founder and CEO, not only brings a wealth of knowledge in the area of preparing young adults for their futures, she also generates an infectious energy that leaves you motivated and excited to move forward and take the next steps. Judi and her team truly care about helping students better understand what options they have in front of them when they finish their time in High School, and they are passionate about building connections in our community and surrounding areas to develop lasting relationships between school systems and local businesses."

Carl Nielsen | Engineering Technology Instructor, CCTE, Plymouth North High School

“Specialized Career Guidance has proven to be the ideal partner in meeting workforce development goals. The challenging demands of training the workforce of today and tomorrow requires a wide variety of skill sets, all of which are found in the Specialized Career Guidance team. Without reservation, I would recommend the expertise of Specialized Career Guidance to any public or private organization that is seeking results."

Laura Buckley | Deputy Executive Director, MassHire South Shore Workforce Board


Frequently Asked Questions