December 20, 2012

TAUNTON, Ma, December 17, 2012:  With a growing biotech industry in Southeastern Massachusetts, Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School is expected to open a Chapter 74 Biotechnology approved vocational technical education program in September 2013.  The goal of the program is to train and prepare our graduates to obtain skills necessary to meet the demands of the industry and post-secondary education in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) field.

The curriculum will be aligned to the Massachusetts Biotechnology frameworks and guided by an advisory board, a group of local biotech leaders and educators that will review curriculum and advise us on the best practices to prepare our students for a growing biotech industry.

The belief of the advisory board is that an educated local workforce could motivate more biotech companies to build or relocate to Southeastern Massachusetts.

Dr. Chen-Lu Yang, Research Engineer and affiliate professor in the Department of Bioengineering at UMass-Dartmouth, is very excited with the potential impact that a biotech program will have on this area and has committed to working on internship/apprenticeship opportunities at UMass Dartmouth with our students.  There will also be additional opportunities for our students to participate in Co-op programs offered through Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School. “A biotechnology program will be the 18th program at Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School and a great opportunity for students to meet the STEM initiatives in this area” says Dr. Richard Gross, Superintendent of Bristol-Plymouth.

Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School, located in Taunton, Massachusetts, has been in operation since September 1972.  It serves the towns of Berkley, Bridgewater, Dighton, Middleboro, Raynham, Rehoboth, and the City of Taunton.  Coupled with general core academic subjects (English, Social Studies, Mathematics and Science) Bristol-Plymouth provides seventeen distinct high school technical programs.  Graduates are recipients of high school diplomas and certificates of technical proficiency. A strong commitment to provide extra-curricular offerings promotes high morals among the student body.

For more information, please contact:

Alexandre Magalhaes, Program Coordinator

Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School

207 Hart Street

Taunton, MA 02780-3715

508) 823-5151 x128



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