Quinsigamond Community College Awarded Grant for Investments in Science Labratory
WORCESTER, Mass. – March 14, 2013 – The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) today announced a $310,000 capital grant to Quinsigamond Community College (QCC) in Worcester, Mass. The grant will fund lab renovations and equipment and will increase life sciences program offerings at QCC. The MLSC has funded Science, Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) education in central Massachusetts through a variety of grants, including more than $700,000 that the MLSC announced this past December for equipment and supply grants to vocational technical schools and public high schools in the region.
Through the MLSC, Massachusetts is investing $1 billion over 10 years in the growth of the state’s life sciences supercluster. These investments are being made under the Massachusetts Life Sciences Initiative, passed by the State Legislature and signed into law by Governor Patrick in 2008.
“Our Administration is committed to investing in innovation across the state, and this grant funding is an example of doing so in partnership with Quinsigamond Community College,” said Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray. “This funding is part of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center’s overall efforts to collaborate with academia and the business community to enhance research, workforce training and job creation, expanding opportunities to develop improved medicine and support the region’s long-term economic growth.”
QCC’s grant will be used to update 2,000 square feet of outdated lab space. After renovations, this space will be equipped with new technologies to serve as a state-of-the-art scientific laboratory for the school’s biotechnology and related programming. This new space will enable the college to increase its current program offerings and double the number of students enrolled in biotechnology and biomedical engineering courses from 100 to 200 over the next three years. This expanded capacity to serve students will allow Quinsigamond to better respond to local labor market conditions and employer needs.
“High schools and community colleges like Quinsigamond are training the next generation of Massachusetts’ life sciences workers,” said Dr. Susan Windham-Bannister, President & CEO of the MLSC. “We want to ensure that these schools have the first-rate training facilities they need to prepare young people in central Massachusetts to successfully compete for jobs at all levels in the life sciences. Employers here in the region as well as across the state will be relying on this talent pipeline.”
"This grant from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center directly supports Quinsigamond Community College's ongoing commitment to deliver high quality, state-of-the-art biotechnology and biomedical engineering education to our students,” said Dr. Gail E. Carberry, President of Quinsigamond Community College. “By affording the college the opportunity to expand this programming, the grant ensures that QCC and the students we graduate are aligned with the economic development needs of our community. We are proud to support the continued economic growth that the life sciences sector is driving in central Massachusetts.”
“Congratulations to Quinsigamond Community College on receiving this wonderful grant,” said State Senator Harriette L. Chandler. “Worcester is seeing a surge in STEM education, and I am certain that the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center’s timely investment will prove to reap great long-term benefits in central Massachusetts.”
“As the State Representative for Quinsigamond Community College, I am pleased to learn that the institution has been awarded a $310,000 Capital Grant Award for the refurbishing of its Science Laboratory,” said State Representative James O’Day. “Bringing Quinsigamond Community College into the 21st century will allow students to garner critical skills necessary to succeed in the growing biotechnology field here in Massachusetts. By providing Worcester students with this state-of-the-art facility, we are giving them a competitive edge to compete in today's global economy.”
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