By Jingyi Lin
BU News Service
This article was originally published in the Cambridge Chronicle.
Starting next fall, high school students who don’t have an immediate plan to attend a four-year college will be able to attend a new biomanufacturing program at Cambridge’s Rindge School of Technical Arts (RSTA), part of the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School.
Contrary to the original biotechnology program, which is research-based and which will continue, the new program will offer students a more direct pathway to employment by experiencing and gaining skills in what local biotech and pharmaceutical firms do, and at the same time preparing them for their post-secondary academic pursuits.
“We really want to try to engage the students initially with hands-on activities and experiments,” Michael Ananis, the executive director of RSTA, said in a recent interview with the Chronicle at his program’s new biotechnology laboratory.
Currently, the school has 12 other job-training programs.
“Every one of them exists because there is a need in the workforce for graduates of these programs,” Ananis said.