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Thirty-nine students graduated from Boston University School of Medicine’s (BUSM) CityLab Academy last Thursday. CityLab Academy is a free nine-month academic and laboratory skills training program for qualified high school graduates interested in pursuing a career and further education in biotechnology.
Guest speakers at the ceremony included Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, Boston University President Robert Brown and Karen Antman, MD, BUSM dean and provost of BU Medical Campus.
“I am proud to support CityLab and its efforts to cultivate new pools of talent that make Boston a more competitive city. Our talented and diverse workforce represents the City’s greatest competitive advantage in a global economy, and the City will continue working to create job opportunities in the Life Sciences industry. I’m grateful that BU is helping to prepare our residents to fill those positions,” said Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino.
The students earned a certificate in Biomedical Laboratory Science, which qualifies them for job opportunities created by the new laboratories being built on the medical campus including the Level 4 National Emerging Infectious Diseases laboratory and the growing biotech industry in Boston.
Addressing the graduates, Karen Antman, MD, BUSM dean and provost stated “City Lab Academy will enable you to work in the growing field of biomedical sciences-there is so much you will be able to do. “Graduates of the biomedical sciences are in great demand today, particularly in Boston because of our many college and university laboratories, pharmaceutical companies and expanding biotech industry,” said Antman.
Boston University announced in 2004 that it would contribute $1 million to expand the program and provide funds for 100 Boston residents to attend CityLab Academy. The program is free as Boston University covers the students’ tuition, supplies and other expenses.
At the conclusion of the semester, students receive 12 Boston University credits. Some choose to continue their education; others receive job placement assistance from Boston University.
Classes will begin this September, to learn more about the program visit www.bumc.bu.edu/citylabacademy.