MassBioEd Connects Students to Life Sciences Innovators

Nov 19, 2015

 MassBioEd Connects Students to Life Sciences Innovators

180 students from Western MA get a first-hand look at what it means to work in the life sciences industry

C&C Exploration

November 19, 2015 (CAMBRIDGE, MA) – Yesterday, 180 high school students from Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden counties, along with their teachers and guidance counselors, traveled to UMass Amherst for a one-day College & Career Exploration Event organized by the MassBioEd Foundation and Connecting Activities.

MassBioEd partnered with Connecting Activities, a state-funded system led by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, to identify the schools, the students, and the life sciences professionals that participated in the event. Funding for this event was provided by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education’s @Scale program.

During the event, students had in-depth conversations with life sciences professionals about diverse career opportunities in the industry, explored university labs, and learned how high school science can be the first step to an exciting future.

“The biotech industry has grown by almost 16,000 jobs, or 40 percent, over the past 10 years in Massachusetts,” said Peter Abair, Executive Director of the MassBioEd Foundation. “By the time today’s high school junior graduates from college, we estimate that that there will be at least 5,500 additional positions available in the Massachusetts industry. MassBioEd’s College & Career Exploration event connects area high schoolers with professionals from the Massachusetts life sciences industry, so that students will gain a greater understanding of the wide range of careers, from the lab bench to the board room, available in the life sciences.”

“Connecting Activities is committed to exposing students to exciting opportunities in fields like the life sciences, and we were very proud to collaborate with MassBioEd to coordinate this event,” said Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Mitchell D. Chester.

Participating schools included:

  • Chicopee Comprehensive High School
  • Franklin County Technical School
  • Gateway Regional High School
  • Minnechaug Regional High School
  • Palmer High School
  • Pioneer Valley Regional School
  • Smith Academy
  • South Hadley High School
  • Springfield High School of Science & Technology

MassBioEd’s College & Career Exploration event, part of MassBioEd’s signature BioTeach program, aims to increase students’ interest in pursuing life sciences careers. Through BioTeach, MassBioEd works to bring lab equipment, teacher professional development, and student career exploration experiences to students throughout the state to educate and inspire future scientists.

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