ART IN THE VALLEY
Working with art teachers in the Blackstone Valley school districts the Foundation supports K - 8th grade students with an opportunity to exhibit their work as a regional presentation. The Foundation is a catalyst for connecting creative arts with creative economy in the Blackstone Valley.
The Youth Leadership Academy is a unique program of the Blackstone Valley Education Foundation and seeks to develop the leadership skills of young people and strengthen their connection to the Blackstone Valley.
BUSINESS AND EDUCATION FORUM
The Annual Business and Education Forum is an opportunity for schools, local businesses, and community leaders to come together to collaborate on how to prepare students for the workforce. The theme for 2017 focused on the importance of student workplace experiences. Massachusetts Lt. Governor Karyn Polito congratulated the statewide leadership role Blackstone Valley is taking in promoting student job engagement. Eight members of the Massachusetts Legislature also attended and voiced their support for continuing BVEF and business partnerships that play such a critical role in identifying and developing the future workforce for the region.
MASS MANUFACTURING PIPELINE PROGRAM (M2P2)
The Blackstone Valley Education Foundation has established a pilot program 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. This program addresses the critical needs among Blackstone Valley area manufacturers to identify and cultivate a future workforce within the advanced manufacturing sector.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS
We create programs that expose teachers to a variety of industries and current career paths, allowing them to extend their knowledge and curriculum beyond the classroom. Recent PD days have focused on English, History and Technology.
School districts with membership in the Blackstone Valley Education Foundation are invited to submit proposals for funding under one of our three grant programs. Click Here for Details and Applications. The grant cycle for 2016-2017 school year has just completed. Grants will be available again in the Spring of 2017.
The three current grant programs, Lampin Grants, BVEF Innovative Academic Grants, and Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce Community Education Grants, are made possible by contributions from local businesses that have a strong commitment to local education and to the mission of BVEF. With the support of these businesses, these grants would not be possible.
S.T.E.M. CONFERENCE in partnership with Tufts University - Science Technology Engineering Math
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University will once again partner with us to host a one day conference on October 22, 2016. This Saturday program enables about 110 7th and 8th grade students from BVEF member school districts to participate in the annual STEMKids Conference. Science, Math, or Technologyteachers guide the selection process, augment student preparation and outcome, and participate with the students on the day of the Conference. Students experience multiple workshops as they move between classrooms and labs. They interact with career professionals in veterinary science, healthcare, manufacturing, library science, informaton technology, gamine, technical writing and much more. The event also includes a parent workshop at which participants learn about STEM careers, college admission, and financial aid.
CLICK HERE for quotes from some of the 2016 S.T.E.M. student participants!
Bringing students and employers together to explore future career opportunities and required competencies.
For more information please contact Holly McNeil, hmcneil@BVeducationfoundation.org