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Wed, May 01



Central MA Connecting ActivitiesZ Convening

Conveners will participate in hands-on activities and demonstrations and leave with actionable insights, a larger network of like-minded people, and new resources to drive innovative workforce development initiatives in Central MA, the Commonwealth, and the nation.

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Central MA Connecting ActivitiesZ Convening
Central MA Connecting ActivitiesZ Convening

Time & Location

May 01, 2024, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Worcester, 3 Paul Clancy Wy, Worcester, MA 01607, USA


About the event

Venue: Blackstone River Valley Heritage Center

3 Paul Clancy Way (for GPS use 115 McKeon Road); Worcester, MA 01607

Hosts: MassHire Central Region Workforce Board &

Blackstone Valley Hub for Workforce Development

On May 1st from 9am - noon, join regional workforce development leaders from diverse Central MA school districts, nonprofits, businesses, and governance at the scenic Blackstone River Valley Heritage Center in Worcester, MA for the first ever “Central MA Connecting ActivitZ Convening.”

Participants will get an exclusive first look at two new, major workforce development projects designed to enhance the services we provide youth in the Commonwealth:

Event Agenda

9:00 - 9:10

Welcome and Introduction

9:10 - 9:20

State Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) Insights

9:20 - 9:40

Agile Brain Engagement Session

9:40 - 10:10

Round 1: Current Practices - Observations of Today

10:10 - 10:20

Networking Break

  • Breakfast & Networking Opportunity
  • Interactive Session with True Robotics' Robot Dog(s)

10:20 - 10:30

Round 1 Continued: Summary and Discussion

  • Brief Report Out from Breakout Groups
  • Follow-up Discussion on Identified Action Items

10:30 - 11:15

Round 2: Integrating Tools for Career Readiness

  • Introduction of NextGen Talent and Online Resource Library
  • Presentation and Demonstration by Norma from NextGen Talent
  • Exploration of Gamification Concept and Active Tool Use
  • Innovative Tool Use for Career Trajectory Planning

11:15 - 11:45

Round 3: Data Aggregation Tool and Career Z Challenge

  • Overview of BV Hub Data Aggregation Tool and Career Z Challenge
  • Volunteer Use and Demonstration
  • Brainstorming Session for Phase 3 Proposal Submission 
    • Introduction of potential Phase 3 pilots with Joscelyn Young: True Robotics, Agile Brain Measures, Expansion of cohesive tool system
    • Popcorn Brainstorming with proposals, feedback, barriers, and wishlists


11:45 - 12

Wrap Up and Next Steps

  • Key Takeaways and Actionable Insights
  • Recap of Convening Objectives
  • Post-Event Engagement Activities and Raffle Drawing

12:00 - 12:30

Post-Event Networking

  • Networking Opportunity with Coffee and Snacks

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