Training for Jobs in Life Sciences: What Happens After High School?

Room: Blue Level, Suite 19

As the Life Sciences industry continues to grow steadily in Massachusetts, “life sciences” and “biotechnology” have become the latest buzz words — and many people are wondering, “How do I get into this highly scientific field?” After all, over 80,000 MA residents work in the life sciences! But what does it take to enter this industry? What training options and job openings exist for students leaving high school and professionals seeking to reenter the job market? Attend our session and hear from our panel of recent graduates from certificate programs across the state as they demystify the training options and detail their job search process (and successes!). Programs represented will include Boston University’s BioScience Academy, Just-A-Start Corporation, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Mount Wachusett Community College, and Quincy College’s Bridge to Biotech Program.  Attendees will also hear from an industry representative who will illuminate the type of worker that companies are looking for and the type of training that workers need to get their foot in the door.  At the close of the session, representatives from each training program will be on hand to answer questions and share literature.

  • Susan Buckey, M.A.  -  Project Manager, Skilled Careers in Life Sciences (SCILS) Initiative, Boston Private Industry Council

  • Johanna DeFrancisco, B.S.  -  Senior Manufacturing Technician, Shire, Graduate from Just-A-Start Corporation
  • Elena Fobert, B.S.  -  Meaningful Use Training Coordinator, Partners Healthcare, Graduate of BU’s BioScience Academy
  • Tom Reynolds, B.S.  -  Manufacturing Associate, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s Fundamentals of Biomanufacturing Certificate
  • Brenda Proctor, B.S.  -  Customer Service and Sales Support, CellTreat Scientific Products, Graduate from Mount Wachusett Community College’s Certificate Program
  • Willow R. DiLuzio, Ph.D.  -  Associate Director, Pre-formulation and Formulation, Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company
  • Richard Acheampong Allen, Cert.  -  Supervisor, Millipore, Graduate from Middlesex Community College’s Certificate Program