Blackstone Valley Education Hub
Now enrolling! Introduction to Welding
Introduction to Welding: Hybrid Class - Online and hands-on instruction
This course is offered here at the BVEdHub through the REMAKE 4.0 Program. Winter Session: March 4 - May 13, Thursdays, 4:00 – 7:00pm. Training prepares students with welding vocabulary, techniques, and basic operations of a welding gun. Lessons will include lecture, demonstration, discussion, online course modules and lab exercises. This is a 10-week non-credit training course design to provide the knowledge and hands-on skills necessary to prepare students for an entry-level career in welding. Free tuition is offered through the REMAKE 4.0 program. Registration Contact: Jason Walker, Jwalker@qcc.mass.edu or Karen Ares; email@example.com
Programs and Services for Local Businesses and Schools
The Central Massachusetts Center for Business and Enterprise (Blackstone Valley EdHub) is the Non-Profit and Business Development arm of the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce (BVCC) established in 2018. The Educational Hub holds training courses and educational workshops for businesses and local public schools to utilize our Fab Lab, which is filled with 3D printers, high-end Roland and FARO machines, and computers with the most recent version of AutoCAD, MasterCAM, Solidworks, and a variety of Microsoft and Adobe applications.
Our goal is to meet the workforce needs of our region by enhancing educational opportunities for all ages. Our curriculums are developed in collaboration with local schools in order to the meet employment needs.
The Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce (BVCC) is a not-for-profit, community based organization whose mission is “to promote the economic vitality of the Blackstone Valley, meet the needs of the business community, while providing leadership on issues which impact the economy and quality of life in Central MA.”
BVCC is a leader in the region for economic & workforce development and encourages and facilitates the establishment of partnerships between business, government & community; seeks out legislative support & advocacy for regional business initiatives; & serves as a resource for goods & services for business. The EdHub aligns with these partnerships and goals by training individuals who are placed for employment in our region.
Riverdale Mills recognized for work with Blackstone Valley Ed Hub
Jennifer Toland Telegram & Gazette
NORTHBRIDGE – Riverdale Mills Corp., a leading American manufacturer of premium welded wire mesh fabrics for the marine, security, construction and agriculture industries, and a vital part of the Blackstone Valley for 40 years, recently received the John McArthur Community Commerce Innovation Award.
The award, presented by the Venly Institute in Cambridge, honors businesses who create sustainable and impactful partnerships with members of their communities and are role models for the country.
Riverdale Mills was recognized for its partnership with the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce Education Hub, which provides programs and services for local businesses and schools.
“The Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce Education Hub has enabled the teaching of much-needed technical and employment skills to young graduates, veterans and previously incarcerated individuals looking to enter the local workforce,” Riverdale Mills CEO Jim Knott said. “Riverdale has benefited directly from the advanced manufacturing training provided to these young men and women. We have both bolstered our relationships with the residents of Central Massachusetts and magnified our own workforce and productivity through the hiring of several full- and part-time Education Hub graduates.
What is the EdHub?
-An opportunity for employers to find and train the workforce using industry-standard equipment
-A place for students to gain the technical and employability skills needed to meet the region's needs
-A partnership between local secondary and post-secondary education providers
-A sustainable learning model that seeks to connect the workforce and academic institutions