Blackstone Valley Education Hub

An Advanced Manufacturing Training Center to Incubate Job Opportunities and Growth

This ambitious project, spearheaded by the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce’s President and CEO Jeannie Hebert along with the BVCC and Massachusetts Central Workforce Board, aims to equip area students with highly-sought-after advanced manufacturing skills to meet local industry demands. Located in a beautiful, refurbished space in the Linwood Avenue mill building, the space is appointed with state-of the-art digital fabrication equipment to help provide local students with real-world industry experience. 

Coming full circle, The Blackstone Valley Education Hub is located in the historic Linwood Avenue mill, a building which housed the most cutting-edge manufacturing facilities of the early 19th century.

Funded with a generous grant from Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s popular Skills Capital Program, the center is equipped with a Stratasys Continuous Build 3D printing system, 20-seat computer lab featuring Onshape CAD software, an Epilog Laser cutter and engraver, Formlabs 3D printer, D.I. Wire’s CNC wire bender a Creaform 3D scanner, a Carvey desktop CNC carving machine and large scale computer monitors.

The bustling BVEd Hub during the official ribbon cutting ceremony on September 18th, 2018.

“AET Labs has been our savior in creating the Blackstone Valley Education Hub (BV Ed Hub)! The Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce was fortunate enough to receive a large Work Skills Capital Grant from the MA Department of Higher Ed to create fabrication, design and computer labs. AET Labs provided us with the expertise and know-how we needed to successfully reach our goals. . . At the end of the project we got rave reviews from the community, our students, teachers, schools and our legislators.”

Jeannie Hebert, CEO and President of the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce

From Left to Right, AET Labs' Mark Lyons, State Senator Michael Moore, D-Millbury, Chamber President Jeannie Hebert, former Sen. Richard Moore, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, and U.S. Rep. James McGovern, D-Worcester, cut the ceremonial ribbon at the Grand Opening of the BVCC Education Hub.