7th Annual Manufacturing Our Future Summit:
Manufacturing Your Future through Vocational Education
Region's best-kept education and job opportunity secret - vocational
education - will not be a secret any more. We promise that you will
be surprised and amazed!
Since 1997, upon the initiative of Congressman James McGovern, WPI,
and the Manufacturing Advancement Center, Manufacturing Our Future Summits
have been held. .
The 2004 Manufacturing Our Future Summit highlights vocational
education throughout Central Massachusetts featuring the seven area
schools: Assabet Regional Vocational School, Bay Path Vocational School,
Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School, Leominster
Vocational High School, Montachusett Technical High School, Tantasqua
Vocational High School, and Worcester Vocational High School. The purpose
of this Summit is to connect the business community to vocational schools
in order to provide a bridge to the world of work from the various disciplines
in the vocational education community.
Program Features John Morgridge, Chairman, Cisco Systems
This summit will be the centerpiece event of the Worcester Regional
Chamber of Commerce Business Expo on Thursday, October 14, 2004 at Worcester's
Centrum Centre. Our program consists of morning sessions and a luncheon
program with John Morgridge, Chairman of the Board, Cisco Systems
as our keynote speaker.
The morning program includes a plenary welcome session moderated by
Stephen Willand, Ph.D., Director of the Central Massachusetts Regional
Employment Board. Speakers include City Manager Michael O'Brien and
Senator Harriette Chandler. Following the plenary session there will
be 6 breakout sessions in Manufacturing, Information Technology, Biomedical,
Health, Business, and Construction. These sessions are hosted by area
business leaders in each of their respective fields. The focus will
be on jobs, economic development, workforce training and recruiting
for jobs, and the first annual Milton P. Higgins Scholarship Awards
in technical assistance will be presented.
Our luncheon program will be held in the Grand Ballroom of the Centrum
Centre. In addition to Mr. Morgridge, other speakers include Jane C.
Edmonds, Director, Mass. Dept. of Workforce Development and a video
presentation by Congressman James McGovern.
All these events occur in conjunction with the Worcester Regional Chamber
of Commerce Business Expo. 200 Expo booths will feature partners in
vocational education. Please join us for this exciting event by purchasing
a booth or a table at the luncheon, and by attending the Manufacturing
Our Future Summit luncheon.
Event Expo Packages
The Expo package for these events includes a donation to the Milton
P. Higgins Scholarship Awards fund at a nominal fee of $1400. This fee
includes a donation to the scholarship fund; a table of 10 at the luncheon
(at each table 2 vocational students will be in attendance); a booth
on the show floor; and 2 tickets to the Chamber Breakfast.
In the afternoon during the Expo, tastes of vocational culinary foods,
the Advertising Club Mary T. Holland Awards, and Worcester Economic
Club programs will be featured. Individual admission to the luncheon
is $40 per person for registration by October 5, 2004.
To register, complete our online
registration form. For more information on the event, contact Kathie
Mahoney at the Manufacturing Advancement Center at (508) 831-7020, .
For questions on purchasing a booth, contact Pat Hoey Productions at