The Worcester Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Worcester Public Schools, recently hired Dave Garvin as the new Manager of Workforce Programs. Dave, originally from Toronto, Ontario Canada has spent the past number of years in sales, training, and business consulting for small and medium sized businesses in North America. Prior to that, he spent over 16 years with Bose Corporation as a Core Senior Manager of training, education, and development, overseeing competency, team, and leadership development programs for North America.

This new role of Manager of Workforce Programs is focused on junior and senior students in technical programs whose pathafter graduating high school is starting their career. The goal is to work with them through WTHS programs offered and connect them with Worcester businesses in their field of study who have the need.

“The time is right to double down on every effort we can make as a community to ensure future success for our WPS graduates,” said Karen Pelletier, Executive Vice President of the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce. “The Chamber along with WTHS are excited to launch this joint position dedicated to building business partnerships and workplace opportunities for students in the technical pathways.”

“The number one need of virtually all of our Chamber member businesses and organizations is access to a quality workforce,” said Tim Murray, President and CEO ofthe Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce.” Our vocational technical schools and Chapter 74 programs are critical to meeting this demand as well as giving young people the skills and confidence to start their own businesses. This position is about expanding our partnership with the Worcester Public Schools and facilitating new connections with the Central Massachusetts employer community.”