Blackstone Valley Education Hub
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 Education Hub holds training courses and educational workshops for businesses and local public schools to utilize our Fab Lab and machine shop, which are filled with 3D printers, a 22-seat computer lab, TRAK CNC mills and lathes, Bridgeport mills, Universal Collaborative robots, and Miller Augmented Reality welders.
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.
Northbridge Public Schools collaborates with BVEdHub to offer summer STEM camps
With the aid of a $15,000 Summer School Expansion and Engagement Matching Grant administered by the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, students from Northbridge Publics Schools got to experience some STEM-based hands-on learning this summer. NPS collaborated with the BVEdHub and Innovative Education Solutions (IES) to provide a two-week camp for high school students and a second two-week camp for middle school students. Students attended the BVEdHub for two days a week and Northbridge High School for two days a week during the two-week camp. Superintendent, Amy McKinstry, shared her praise about the program. “We are so grateful to the BVEdHub and IES for partnering with us and helping to develop this amazing summer program for our middle and high school participants. The kids were engaged in some amazing and authentic learning experiences, and it was wonderful to see their creative juices flowing again after such a difficult year and half with COVID.” Below are some pictures of activities from the camp which featured introductions to Engineering Design and 3D Printing, CNC Machining, CNC Laser Cutting and Robotics .
Learning Pick & Place with Dobot Robotic Arms
Introduction to Robotic Controls
Designing with TinkerCAD
Check out our online courses!
Whether looking to brush up your skills or want to learn something new, we have a large variety of self-paced courses. Check them out below!
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