Student to Jobs Connection - Blackstone Valley Education Foundation
to Jobs Connection
The Blackstone Valley Education Foundation is launching a major new jobs initiative in response
to requests from member schools and partnering businesses. This five-part program will focus
on connecting educators to the current and future workforce needs of the Blackstone Valley in
order to match students with specific employment opportunities.
Phases 1 & 2 will provide on-site professional development sessions for engineering
technology, science, and math teachers and school counselors at local manufacturers. These
professional development sessions will include meetings with current employees and
supervisors in order to discuss specific skills and background needed to enter the
manufacturing field either directly after high school or following post-secondary education.
Phase 3 will provide the same opportunity at a major local health care provider. This
professional development phase will target science and health teachers who work with
students interested in entering the growing health services and personal health care fields.
Phase 4 will offer a new Student-to-Career Soft Skills Jobs Conference that will introduce
students to many of the critical 'soft skills' such as personal communication, team work and
work ethic required for success in a job.
Phase 5 will include the 3rd Annual Blackstone Valley Business & Education Forum on
Thursday, April 2, from 4:00pm-6:00pm, at Pleasant Valley Country Club in Sutton. Senior
managers from local business and industry will partner with superintendents, principals,
teachers and school counselors to draft specific guidelines and identify critical resources
needed to more effectively develop jobs connection opportunities for students prior to
Additional information and event details will be forwarded over the coming weeks. Questions
may be emailed to Paul Lynskey, Executive Director, BVEF, at