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Workforce Initiatives

A thriving workforce is essential to the success of our growing regional life sciences cluster.  MBI is proud to be a partner in broadening the life and health sciences workforce for a more prosperous future.

Increasing Diversity in STEM Initiative

The Increasing Diversity in STEM Initiative is a collaborative partnership of the Massachusetts Office of Business Development, Quinsigamond Community College & Worcester State University.  The program supports the full continuum of workforce development from middle school outreach to adult learning.  The program includes:

Biology Lab Support Technician Thi Tran (center) assists students in
Biology Professor Benjamin Benton’s Lab

STEM Exploration Opportunities for Middle & High School Students

  • STEM Career Exploration Program for 6th Grade Girls
  • Hands on STEM Academy & Expo for Middle & High School Students
  • Family Academies through the Latino Education Institute at WSU
  • STEM Bridge Programs
  • Industry Panels & Tours for Students
  • Middle School Exploratory Events
  • Biotechnology in the World Exploratory Science Courses

Students at WSU AVANZA STEM Expo


Increasing Student Success for STEM Majors

  • STEM College Access Programs Offering College Credit Courses to High School Students
  • Supplemental “In Lab” Peer Support
  • Expanded Mentoring Programs for STEM Majors
  • Merit Based Scholarships for STEM Achievement

QCC Students Tour Karl Storz Through Industry Panels & Tours Initiative


Facilitating Workforce Entry for Foreign-Born Adults with STEM Credentials

  • Development of a Pathway to Professional Licensure for Foreign Born Adults with STEM Credentials
  • Workforce Preparation & Coaching for Adult Learners

Project OnRamp Worcester Expansion

Helping underserved students start their careers in life sciences with paid summer internships.

A Diverse Pipeline

Providing Access To Internship Opportunities For First Generation & Low-Income Students

Soft Skill Training

Support & Training To Ensure Student Success

15 Student Pilot

Inner City Students In Worcester Pilot Program

Interested in a proven model for commercializing your science?