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Middlesex has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Massachusetts Life Sciences
Center. The grant will provide funding to complete a comprehensive planning study
to identify the best approach for expanding MCC's biotechnology facilities to support
increased enrollment in degree and certificate programs, and workforce development
education and training.
"Enrollment in our Biotechnology programs has seen an 87 percent increase since
2005," said Kathleen Sweeney, Dean of Health and STEM (science, technology,
engineering and math). "This funding will enable Middlesex to offer the enhanced
training our industry contacts have identified. Our goal is to ensure our graduates
are well prepared for employment opportunities in the life sciences industry."
MCC's Biotechnology programs hold the Gold Standard awarded by the
Massachusetts Life Science Education Consortium. Grant funds will be used to
complete an analysis for establishing a new laboratory and clean-room environment.
In addition to addressing new facilities, the Biotechnology programs curriculum
will also be evaluated. The programs plan to offer new and expanded courses, many
of which were suggested by local industry contacts that frequently hire Middlesex
graduates. Nine courses will be developed or revised, including courses in
clean-room techniques, clean-room growing techniques, OSHA certification,
quality control, quality assurance and validation, and chromatography.
Grant to Help Expand Biotechnology Programs
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Institute and Northeastern, where
she discovered her love of teaching.
"I enjoyed the interaction with the
students," she said.
That fit continues at Middlesex today,
where she teaches courses in biology,
human genetics and biotechnology.
She is also involved with MEOP
(Massachusetts Educational
Opportunities Program), through
which she teaches biotech workshops to
Lowell High School students.
Bladon has received honors, such as
inclusion in the 1996 and 2000
"Who's Who Among America's
Teachers" -- both times nominated
by former students. She was also
named International Scientist of the
Year in 2002, an award conferred by
the Biographical Society of
Cambridge, England.
Her goals at MCC include raising
funds for a larger lab with a clean room to
serve more students in both day and night
classes, including the course she created
in 2007 instructing students in growing
human embryonic stem cells. (MCC was
recently awarded a $50,000 planning grant
from the Massachusetts Life Sciences
Center.)
Bladon's pride in her program is obvious.
"We were the pioneers -- the first to start a
Biotechnology Program in a community
college. Now, other schools mold their
programs like MCC's," she said.
And her commitment to her students
remains her priority. "We work with
them until they are placed. I couldn't
retire -- my work and my students are
too important to me," she said.
Nancye Tuttle