Providing Programs and Services for Local Schools
School districts throughout the region have bonded together with the Blackstone Valley Education Foundation to leverage community support that enhances efforts to connect current learning with future career paths for students, whether following post-secondary education or directly after high school graduation. BVEF provides professional development for teachers and school counselors, as well as innovative career-connection programs that assist students in the development of 21st century skills, by connecting the classroom with local businesses and the community. The goal is to assist with the development of our future work force in the Blackstone Valley and throughout the nation.
BVEF initiatives include:
Massachusetts Manufacturing Pipeline Program (M2P2)
Blackstone Valley S.T.E.M. Conference in cooperation with the
Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine
Manufacturing Day Tours of local manufacturing companies
Blackstone Valley Youth Leadership Academy
Art in the Valley Exhibition
Annual Business & Education Forum
Professional development for teachers and school counselors
College Planning Services
Mass Manufacturing Pipeline Program
The Blackstone Valley Education Foundation has established a program known as the Mass Manufacturing Pipeline Program (M2P2), providing collaboration between its member public school districts and area manufacturers. This includes identifying prospective students, offering on-site training sessions and creating a recommended technical skills-oriented curriculum. The funding for this program is through a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and addresses the critical need among Blackstone Valley area manufacturers to identify and cultivate a future workforce within the advanced manufacturing sector.
The Mass Manufacturing Pipeline Program is based on the premise that an additional source of students need to be educated about the opportunities that exist for careers in advanced manufacturing and the skills necessary to succeed in those careers. BVEF has taken a lead role in securing partnerships between its eleven member school districts and local manufacturers including the establishment of a template for an internship and work placement program that can be piloted in the Blackstone Valley. A Level 1 Certification Program for students is currently under development, through Massachusetts Extension Partnership (MEP).