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Central Massachusetts Connecting Activities Convening: May 1 at Blackstone River Valley Heritage Center in Worcester, MA

A summit for secondary school career and workforce development leaders focused on best practices from the MA DESE School-to-Work Connecting Activities program and the U.S. DOL’s Career Z Challenge.

Co-hosted by the MassHire Central Region Workforce Board, Blackstone Valley Hub for Workforce Development, and the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the event is 9AM – noon in Worcester at the Blackstone River Valley Heritage Center 3 Paul Clancy Way (for GPS use 115 McKeon Road). See agenda below.






9:00 - 9:10Welcome & Introductions
- Recognition of Distinguished Guests
Jeannie Hebert: President, Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce
Devon Kurtz: Executive Director, Blackstone River Valley Heritage Corridor
- Overview: Agenda and ObjectivesJeff Turgeon: Executive Director, MCRWB
9:10 - 9:30MyCAP and Career Readiness Insights & ApproachesJoe Wyman: Educational Specialist, MA DESE
9:30 - 9:50 Agile Brain Engagement SessionDr. J.D. Pincus & Dr. Bill Nolan: Agile Brain Founders
- Pre-session Interactive Agile Brain Assessment (4 minutes)
- BV Hub 2024 Pilot School Program Overview
- Presentation: Agile Brain Founders
9:50 - 10:20 Round 1: Current Practices - Observations of TodayOverview & Panel Discussion
- Overview: Central MA Connecting Activities Partnerships & new Virtual Guidebook
- Panel Discussion (led by Joscelyn Young, BV Hub)- Lynn Turner: Core XP Business Solutions & BVCC HR Roundtable
- Norma Rey-Alicea: Executive Director & Co-Founder, NextGen
- Emily Lehman: Innovation Career Pathways Director, Worcester Public Schools
- Tom Belland: WBL & Internship Consultant, BV Hub
- Dr. Michael D. Rubin: Principal, Uxbridge HS
- Six Breakout Groups: Identify Best Practices & Gaps
10:20 - 10:30Networking Break (coffee & snacks)True Robotics' Robot Dogs Demo
10:30 - 10:50Round 1: Summary & Discussion
- Brief Report Outs Breakout Group spokespersons
- Discuss/Determine Action Items
10:50 - 11:20Round 2: Integrating Tools for Career ReadinessNextGen Talent
- Introduce NextGen Talent Tool and Online Resource Library
- NextGen Talent Tool: Presentation & Demo
- Explore Gamification Concept & Active Tool Use
- How to Use NextGen Talent Tool for Career Trajectory Planning
11:20 - 11:50Round 3: Data Aggregation Tool & Career Z ChallengeJoscelyn Young, BV Hub
- Overview: BV Hub Data Aggregation Tool and Online Resource Library
- Volunteer Use and Demo
- Introduce Potential Phase 3 Pilots
- True Robotics, Agile Brain Measures, Expanding Cohesive Tool Systen
- Popcorn Brainstorming Session: Phase 3 Proposal Submission
11:50 - NoonWrap-Up & Next StepsEmily Lehman Miller, WPS
- Review Objective, Action Items, and Summarize Key Takeaways
- Next Steps: Post Event Engagement
- Raffle Drawing (must be present to win)
Noon - 12:30Post-Event Networking (coffee & snacks)