The following is an excerpt from a story published by Axios Boston on June 1, 2023:
MassBio’s plans to open a training center in the old Boston Globe building in Dorchester are taking shape through a new nonprofit arm called Bioversity.
What’s happening: Bioversity plans to launch in January and run 8-to-12-week training sessions for anyone with a high school degree or a GED interested in entry-level biotech jobs, Zach Stanley, the nonprofit’s executive director, tells Axios.
- The nonprofit aims to graduate 100 people within the first year, with five cohorts of 20 people, Stanley says.
Why it matters: Biodiversity is the latest training program recruiting locals for lab operations jobs and other entry-level roles in the life sciences sector, one of Greater Boston’s fastest-growing and best-paying industries.
- In Dorchester, Bioversity is tapping into a historically ignored workforce: relatively low- and middle-income workers in a neighborhood where the majority of residents are Black, Latino and Southeastern Asian, per city estimates.