Ribbon Cutting of BV Education Hub
The Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that on Tuesday, September 18th at 3:30 PM, Governor Charlie Baker will lead the ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of the Blackstone Valley Educational Hub (BV Ed Hub) at the BV Chamber of Commerce. Located at 670 Linwood Avenue in Whitinsville, the BV Ed Hub was established to meet the educational and training needs of the Blackstone Valley region.
The BV Ed Hub Initiative was principally funded through Governor Baker’s ambitious Skills Capital Grant Program. In 2017, the Chamber, under the guidance of CEO Jeannie Hebert, in partnership with and support from multiple local secondary and post-secondary institutions and business received close to $500,000 in grant money. The funds were allocated for the purchase and installation of equipment and related improvements and renovations of the site in support of vocational and technical training. In close association with Quinsigamond CC (QCC), Worcester State University and Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, the BV Ed Hub hopes to gain articulation agreements that become a pathway for students to enroll in their respective post-secondary programs of study and are aligned to regional economic and workforce development priorities for in-demand industries.
The intention of the BV EdHub is multi-faceted. Initially the Chamber’s goal was to provide a learning space to students in our region who are wait-listed at our exceptional regional vocational technical high school while at the same time becoming a centralized state of the art “Fab Lab” for specialized advanced manufacturing training operations. Consisting of 3 classrooms, the BV EdHub hosts a skill learning and performance center containing many essential manufacturing tools and machines, a high stakes computer research and design lab that focuses upon 3D design and printing, and a “theory” room for instruction.
The opening of the BV EdHub could not be realized without the exceptional contributions from Blackstone Valley Tech, QCC, Mark Lyons at Advanced Educational Technologies, LLC, BV Legislators, community and public school support and multiple volunteers who have jumped in to realize this unique cost-effective regional offering.
Light refreshments will be served.