Massachusetts Life Sciences Center STEM Initiatives
The Internship Challenge is a workforce development program focused on enhancing the talent pipeline for Massachusetts companies engaged in life sciences. The program facilitates the placement of college students and recent graduates who are considering career opportunities in the life sciences in paid internships across the state. Consistent with the MLSC’s role as a catalyst in growing the talent needed by the life sciences industry, the program is designed to create hundreds of new internship opportunities each year by enabling small businesses to hire paid interns. Since 2009, the program has funded more than 3,200 internships at over 600 life sciences companies.
The High School Apprenticeship Challenge is an innovative program that facilitates and funds paid internship opportunities for high school students. Eligible students can also enroll in an after-school laboratory training program that will prepare them for the many exciting summer internships that will be offered by research institutions and life sciences companies throughout Massachusetts. Since 2016, the program has funded more than 100 internships.
STEM Equipment and Supplies Grant Program
The STEM Equipment and Supplies Grant Program enables the purchase of equipment and supplies for high schools and middle schools in the Commonwealth in order to train students in life sciences technology and research, as well as addresses a funding gap in capital dollars for public and not-for-profit workforce training and educational institutions. The program also seeks to increase student achievement and student interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), as well as support the implementation of state STEM standards.
The program also offers funding for teacher professional development to ensure that all recipient schools have teachers that are trained to use the equipment and have access to relevant curricula that deploys the equipment in labs and activities that support learning goals throughout the academic year.
The program has awarded over $16.3 million to 149 different high schools and middle schools throughout Massachusetts and leveraged more than $1 million in matching funds from the life sciences industry.
Capital Grants for 2-Year and Community Colleges
The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) is committed to supporting 2-year and community college education. Community Colleges play a major role in training the next generation of the life sciences workforce, and they ensure that training for innovation economy jobs is inclusive and available all across the state. Since its inception, the MLSC has invested through its Competitive Capital Program more than $28.4 million in 16 of the Commonwealth’s Community Colleges and other Associate Degree and Certificate programs to enhance the STEM learning experience. These capital grants have enabled colleges to offer first-rate laboratories and provide students with skillsets that meet the needs of their region’s life sciences companies.
For more information, visit www.masslifesciences.com.
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