MassBioEd to Convene College & Career Exploration Day for Students from Nine Western Massachusetts High Schools at UMass Amherst

Oct 18, 2018

Event connects students with industry mentors as an extended part of Massachusetts STEM Week

October 18, 2018 (CAMBRIDGE, MA) —The Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation (MassBioEd) will bring students from nine high schools from western Massachusetts to UMass Amherst to learn about career pathways in the life sciences from over 35 professionals that represent a wide variety of careers in the industry. Each of the 150 students will partner with 3-4 different professionals, offering them first-hand knowledge into the kinds of activities and responsibilities these employees engage in on a daily basis. Students will also partake in a tour of the UMass Amherst campus that will highlight the University’s science buildings. The event takes place on Tuesday, October 30th and is an extension of Massachusetts STEM Week, which takes place the week before.

“By the time many of these students reach the workforce, the life sciences industry in Massachusetts will need to fill an additional 11,000 jobs,” said Michelle Mischke, Director of Education Programs at the MassBioEd Foundation. “We simply can’t do enough of these events for students and we are grateful for such an outpouring of support from industry volunteers to serve as mentors.”

All costs for participation in this event are covered by MassBioEd through contributions from Massachusetts life sciences companies. Industry volunteers are from Thermo Fisher Scientific, Sanofi Genzyme, MilliporeSigma, Corning Life Sciences, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, GE Health Care Life Sciences, Solid Biosciences, AbbVie, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Bay State Medical Center, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Western New England College of Pharmacy, Westfield State University, Fitchburg State University, Dovetail Consulting, and MassBioEd.

Participating students represent Athol High School, Easthampton High School, Greenfield High School, Mohawk Trail Regional High School in Shelburne Falls, Monson High School, Palmer High School, Pioneer Valley Regional High School in Northbridge, the High School of Science and Technology in Springfield, and Southwick Regional High School.

Career Exploration Days are a component of MassBioEd’s BioTeach program, which provides lab-based training in biotechnology to 150 public high school science teachers each year, along with funds to public schools for lab supplies and equipment.

Visit MassBioEd to see how you can get involved: https://www.massbioed.org/get_involved

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About the MassBioEd Foundation

MassBioEd’s mission is to build a sustainable life sciences workforce in the region through educational programs that inspire and propel students, engage and excite teachers, and illuminate the pathway from the classroom to careers.  A 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit organization, MassBioEd’s vision is for a talented regional workforce to sustain a world-class life sciences industry. Learn more at http://www.massbioed.org.

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