MassBioEd Connects High School Students with Life Sciences Companies to Explore Career Opportunities

Apr 11, 2019

Participating companies offer facility and lab tours as part of MassBioEd’s Spring Career Exploration Day

April 11, 2019 (CAMBRIDGE, MA) – Today, the Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation (MassBioEd) will bring together high school students from across Massachusetts with seven of the largest life sciences organizations as part of its Spring Career Exploration Day. Each of the participating companies will provide facility tours and in-lab activities, offering students first-hand knowledge into the kinds of research and responsibilities employees engage in on a daily basis. 

“The industry is growing at an unmatched rate. It is estimated that by 2023 there will be 12,000 life sciences jobs that need to be filled,” said Michelle Mischke, Director of Education Programs at the MassBioEd Foundation. “To keep pace with this growth, it is critical that we show high school students the opportunities the life sciences offer and get them excited about prospective careers. Through this program we strive to connect students directly with biopharma professionals to help them understand the impact the industry can have on patients and the overall healthcare system.”

Participating companies and schools include:

  • MilliporeSigma to host Innovation Charter School
  • Sanofi Genzyme to host Medford Technical High School
  • Alnylam to host Match Charter High School
  • AbbVie to host Millbury Jr./Sr. High School
  • Vertex to host New Mission High School
  • Addgene to host Match Charter High School
  • Brammer Bio to host Triton Regional High School 

Career Exploration Day is 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

Our mission is to build a sustainable life sciences workforce 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 serves the region by training high school educators, increasing the awareness of high school, college, and post-graduate students to career opportunities within the life sciences industry, providing job trends analyses, and advancing the exchange of ideas between educators and employers to create a world-class life sciences workforce. https://www.massbioed.org/.

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