New effort trains high schoolers to be future biomanufacturing work force

High school students in Massachusetts will receive training for biomanufacturing careers and connect with local biotech industries through “Regional Partnerships for Training the Biomanufacturing Workforce in Worcester, MA,” according to an announcement earlier this month.

“By adapting our proven educational content to address workforce needs, we can help Worcester’s talented high school students be career-ready. BioMADE funding will also help us build student relationships with local industry and our post-secondary educational partners,” said Natalie Kuldell, Founder and Executive Director of BioBuilder, which is leading the project in collaboration with Worcester Public Schools (WPS), alongside partner organization Quinsigamond Community College (QCC), Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), and Twist Bioscience.

WPI’s participation will be led by assistant professor Eric Young of the Department of Chemical Engineering, which will provide access for students at WPI training facilities at the Biomanufacturing Education and Training Center (BETC) at Gateway Park.

“WPI is a leader in biomanufacturing education in Central Massachusetts and greater New England, and we are invested in developing the next generation of biomanufacturing professionals to retain the state’s position as an industry leader for biotechnology,” Young said.

The project is one of several funded by BioMADE, the Bioindustrial Manufacturing and Design Ecosystem, to promote biomanufacturing.

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