Quincy College at the Forefront of Biotechnology and Compliance Training
September 17, 2013
New Biotechnology and Compliance Laboratory Grand Opening
Quincy, MA (08/21/13) – The Quincy College Biotechnology & Compliance Program will unveil its new laboratory in Saville Hall on August 21, 2013. The Quincy College Biotechnology & Compliance Laboratory will be the main laboratory and educational space for the Biotechnology and Compliance Associate Degree Program and Certificate Program at the College.
The Quincy College Biotechnology & Compliance Laboratory was built with funding in-part of a $3 million federal grant from the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant Program, which promotes skills development and employment opportunities in the sciences, and a $100,000 grant from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, the state-funded agency tasked with implementing the state’s 10-year, $1-billion Life Sciences Initiative, to train students for careers in the biotechnology industry. In addition to the Quincy College laboratory, funds are slated to assist curriculum development, purchasing equipment and supplies, hiring of new faculty members and other changes.
“Supporting innovation propels our economy forward and prepares our citizens for the 21st century global marketplace,” said Governor Deval Patrick. “Our innovation economy relies on a well-educated, well-skilled workforce, and Quincy College’s new Biotechnology & Compliance Laboratory will expand opportunity and grow jobs in communities throughout the Commonwealth.”
"The Patrick Administration has developed and implemented a consistent, effective economic strategy that promotes government, business, and academic collaboration to help grow our innovation economy and to create economic opportunity for all,” said Greg Bialecki, Secretary of Housing and Economic Development and Co-Chair of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center Board of Directors. “Quincy College’s new laboratory will ensure continued development of our workforce pipeline in the life sciences sector and is a great example of what this type of active, cross-sector partnerships can achieve."
Quincy College’s federal and state grant awards follow closely on the heels of the City of Quincy’s initiative to bring more life sciences companies into the city, which is well-placed to be an industry hub.
“Quincy College is standing at the forefront of a great emerging sector of our economy with this Biotechnology lab, it is a great testament to the College's commitment to providing educational opportunity in fields that are in the heart of our future,” said Thomas P. Koch, Mayor of the City of Quincy.
Following industry trends, the College’s Biotechnology and Compliance Program will prepare students with the skills required to immediately enter the biomanufacturing industry in areas of the biotech sector where there is a pressing need for workers. Furthermore, Quincy College will be the first college to integrate a virtual lab in its biomanufacturing program. This innovative on-campus training was funded in part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance initiative federal grant in which the United States Department of Labor gave the college $450,000 to develop virtual single-use biomanufacturing labs. Students will learn to program and operate the equipment on-line in preparation for hands-on training. There will be built-in breakdown scenarios where the student will need to apply problem solving skills as well as exams to test their knowledge. Additionally, all equipment images will be in 3D to enable students to better grasp their complexity.
“The opening of the Biotechnology and Compliance laboratory is the culmination of our focus on interaction with both government and private industry to provide education and training for our students that result in employment opportunities,” said Peter H. Tsaffaras, J.D., President of Quincy College.
The renovated laboratories at Quincy College have been updated with new equipment that accommodates training in the emerging single-use biomanufacturing technology as well as the traditional technology. Partnerships with public workforce leaders such as the Jewish Vocational Services, South Shore Workforce Investment Board, South Coastal Career Development Administration, Boston Private Industry Council, and Boston, Quincy, and Plymouth One Stop Career Centers will address issues such as student barriers to education, including financing, college entrance skills, transportation, and English language acquisition. Other educational institutions that have partnered with Quincy College, namely Boston University and UMass Boston, will admit biotech students into bachelor degree programs to continue their studies.
“Congratulations to Quincy College on the grand opening of its new laboratory,” said Dr. Susan Windham-Bannister, Ph.D., President & CEO of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center. “Institutions like Quincy College play major roles in training the next generation of our state’s life sciences workforce, and they ensure that training for innovation economy jobs is inclusive and available all across the state. A key strategy of the Life Sciences Center is to use our capital dollars to enable the creation of unique resources that are available to the Massachusetts life sciences community, and Quincy College’s new facility is a great example of that.”
As part of the grants, Quincy College has partnered with industry leaders and workforce developers in an effort to further market the College’s biotechnology programs, recruit students, and assist in placing students in internships and hiring program graduates. Key industry stakeholders include the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, the Massachusetts Biotechnology Education (MassBioEd) Foundation, Shire Human Genetic Therapies, Lonza Biologics, Xcellerex (a GE company), and Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (a Takeda Company). The College’s biotechnology and compliance training program was designed in conjunction with these industry advisors to ensure that program graduates make a smooth transition into the workforce.
“This is an exciting day for Quincy College. This state-of-the-art laboratory will help the College further its commitment to preparing students for success in the biotech industry,” said U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren. “I’m pleased grants from the U.S. Department of Labor and the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center helped make this effort possible. This is a great example of how investments in education can support opportunities for students and strengthen Massachusetts' position as a global leader in life sciences, biotech research and the innovation economy.”
“Massachusetts is on the cutting edge of biotechnology research and development, and Quincy College's new Biotechnology and Compliance Laboratory will be a biotech beacon for innovation and excellence,” said U.S. Senator Ed Markey. “Students will receive state-of-the-art training, and Massachusetts companies will benefit from highly-skilled workers who will fuel an industry that is making huge strides in treatment for debilitating diseases. I applaud Quincy College and the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center for their commitment to continuing the Bay State's leadership in the biotech sector."
“Massachusetts continues to grow as a biotechnology hub, and with this initiative Quincy College offers an incredible, well-timed opportunity to those from Quincy and the South Shore to enter this exciting field,” said Massachusetts State Senator John F. Keenan.
“This program and laboratory brings Quincy College into the 21st Century in educating students in an additional field to compete in today’s job market,” said Massachusetts State Representative Tackey Chan.
Founded in 1958, Quincy College is a two-year, municipally affiliated college serving approximately 4,600 students at campuses located in Quincy and Plymouth, Massachusetts. The college is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, and is licensed by the Board of Higher Education of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to grant the degrees of Associate in Arts and Associate in Science. The college offers 31 associate degree programs and 12 certificate programs in a variety of disciplines, including those within Liberal Arts, Natural Science & Health Sciences, Professional Programs, and Nursing. The college draws a diversity of students from the greater Boston area as well as over 100 countries around the world. More information can be found online at http://www.quincycollege.edu.
Bruce Van Dyke
Chair: Biotechnology and Compliance
Quincy College Academic Division of Natural and Health Sciences
24 Saville Avenue, Quincy, MA 02169