MassBioEd Receives $250,000 Grant to Bring BioTeach to New Schools
February 7, 2013 (Cambridge, MA) — The MassBioEd Foundation will expand its proven biotech education program, BioTeach, to eight new public high schools this year, thanks to a grant from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC).
MassBioEd will use the $250,000 from the MLSC’s Equipment and Supplies for Skills Training and Education Program to provide schools with professional development for teachers, curriculum for three biotech labs, and up to $16,000 for materials and equipment for school labs.
“The life sciences sector is critical to the Commonwealth’s economy and MassBioEd is excited to expand our BioTeach program this year to expose more students to the field,” said Lance Hartford, Executive Director of the MassBioEd Foundation. “By providing Massachusetts students with lab experiences in high schools across the state, we hope to inspire students to pursue educational opportunities and careers in the life sciences and biotechnology industry.”
“We at the Center are pleased to fund organizations like MassBioEd that enable schools across the Commonwealth to purchase top-of-the-line equipment, enhancing life sciences education for the next generation of our workforce,” said Susan Windham-Bannister, Ph.D., President & CEO of the MLSC, the agency charged with implementing Governor Patrick’s 10-year, $1 billion Life Sciences Initiative. “Life sciences companies continue to cite talent as a key reason for locating and growing their businesses in Massachusetts. MassBioEd’s programs are helping to train the workforce that will keep our life sciences industry strong in Massachusetts for generations to come.”
In February, teachers from the newly awarded school sites will receive professional training on the BioTeach labs and curriculum. The interactive labs are designed to pique student interest by exploring the opportunities in biotechnology.
Eight of the 15 schools participating in BioTeach through this grant are brand new to the program, bringing the total number of participating public schools in Massachusetts to 185. New schools include:
- Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School
- Barnstable High School
- Fitchburg High School
- Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical
- Haverhill High School
- Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School
- Northeast Metropolitan Regional Vocational Technical School
- Taunton High School
MassBioEd is one of 31 schools and programs to receive an award through the second round of the MLSC’s matching grant program, which totaled $3.2 million to support the purchase of life sciences training equipment and supplies at vocational technical schools and public high schools in Massachusetts' Gateway Cities, and workforce training programs across the state.
Learn more about MassBioEd and BioTeach at massbioed.org.
About the MassBioEd Foundation
The Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation (MassBioEd), founded in 2001, is a nonprofit charitable organization committed to supporting science and biotechnology education in Massachusetts through school programs, workforce training, and lifelong learning. Serving as a link between education, industry, and government, MassBioEd is working to ensure Massachusetts’ biotechnology sector, has an appropriately trained work force to meet the growing employment needs. MassBioEd’s BioTeach program provides professional development to over 500 teachers in their biotechnology curricula and provides grants and lab equipment to 185 schools across the Commonwealth. In addition, MassBioEd’s Biotech Learning Center offers professional development courses for employees in the biotech sector to advance their professional skills.