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Higher Education – Business Partnership

Education is a serious business in Worcester

Worcester is home to 12 colleges and universities, with a combined 35,000 students. graduation-WSU

With more than 10,000 faculty and staff at our area colleges and universities, higher education is Worcester’s second largest industry—creating a hub of expertise right in our city.

From the founding of the College of the Holy Cross in 1843 to the most recently opened MCPHS University, Worcester offers students a wealth of learning opportunities – including a first-rate teaching hospital, and a top-notch veterinary, pharmacy and bioengineering school.

In addition to the positive and enriching influence such academia offers to the community, the total economic impact of Worcester area institutions on the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is estimated to be more than $2.5 billion.

Higher Education − Business Partnerships

 

#Elevate events for young professionals — Millennials (Adults between the ages of 19-35) are the largest generation in the workforce. The Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce understands the importance attracting and retaining this generation to our region. We are launching the #Elevate campaign to make Chamber events more inviting and inclusive to young professionals.

InternHub.com — The Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce offers students and employers a FREE and easy internship database.

HIRE ED — This Chamber program teaches the soft skills to students and interns that they need to Get-Hire-ED-Logosucceed in their career. Training topics are: critical thinking / problem solving, professionalism / positive attitude, integrity / trustworthiness, business communication, how to be a team player, work ethic

Live. Work. Play. Stay. Internship, Career, and Live Local Fair — The Chamber hosts an annual career fair for current area college students looking for internships and / or their first job after graduation.

Worcester Student Government Association – WSGA is a committee with delegates from each of the area colleges and universities’ student government association. The Chamber has a unique partnership with the WSGA and meets monthly to discuss ideas and opportunities to work together.

StartUp Worcester – The Chamber partners with Running Start, WCTI and The Venture Forum to offer this incubator program to help entrepreneurs grow and expand their business concepts.

Additional Resources

Discover Central Massachusetts Events Calendar 
Worcester Regional Transit Authority
Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts