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Whitinsville, MA: The Blackstone Valley Education Hub (BV Ed Hub) is proud to announce and welcome, Karen Ares, as Executive Administrator. Ares will be responsible for day to day administrative operations and social media management of the school of advanced manufacturing.

Karen is a former high school science teacher who is passionate about STEM Education. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL and a Master of Science degree in Occupational and Environmental Health & Safety from Anna Maria College in Paxton, MA. Most recently, she was the Assistant Superintendent of Teaching & Learning and STEAM Director for the Dudley Charlton Regional School District. During her time there, she acquired over $600,000 in grant funding for various programs, most notably the Project Lead the Way STEM pathway for grades 6-12 in Engineering and Biomedical Science. Karen also led the charge for Shepherd Hill Regional High School to become one of 11 high schools in MA to acquire Innovation Pathway designation in 2019. She resides in Northborough with her husband and 2 teenagers, is a member of the Northborough Southborough Regional School Committee, and enjoys running and spending time outdoors. “We are so very pleased to welcome Karen to the BV Ed Hub,” said Jeannie Hebert, President and CEO of the BVCC. “Karen is the perfect addition to complete the stellar team who devote so much time and talent to our amazing students who make us so proud.”

The Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce (BVCC) developed the BV Ed Hub as a partnership between local secondary and post-secondary education providers and manufacturers to create sustainable work-based learning and vocational training in advanced manufacturing to meet work place demands. Our goal is to provide an opportunity for students to gain technical and employable skills using industry-standard equipment. Curriculums are uniquely designed for students to earn affordable higher educational credits and credentialed certifications, providing real-world opportunities for career placement.

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