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BCNE Hosts Skills-Based Credentialing Training Program to Increase Access to Life Sciences

By November 1, 2022No Comments

BURLINGTON, MA – BioConnects New England is proud to partner with Northeastern University to host the Bioscience Core Skills Institute (BCSI) on November 4.

BCSI specializes in offering micro-credentials for students and employees who are interested or are currently in fields associated with biology, such as the life sciences. Many of the credentials provided through BCSI are designed to build experience and understanding of the biotechnology skills needed for the workforce and micro-credential programming for high school and college graduation to eliminate the traditional barriers to entry in the field of biotechnology.

“We’re proud to be hosting the BCSI Certified Evaluator Training,” said Dr. Jared Auclair, Vice Provost of Research and Economic Development at Northeastern University and Co-Lead of BioConnects New England. “This skill-based credentialing aligns with our efforts to create more opportunities for workforce development and access to the life sciences.”

The November 4 workshop, hosted by Northeastern’s Biopharmaceutical Analysis Training Laboratory, located in Burlington, Massachusetts, will train evaluators to verify and credential individuals in the future, ultimately building and supporting a skills-based workforce for the New England economy. The strategy of training more evaluators will help accelerate the expansion of individuals prepared to enter the life sciences in the Northeast.

“Careers in this industry are for everyone, no matter a person’s education level or background,” said Auclair. “There are many avenues to take into life sciences; the BCSI Core Skills Institute is one of the many pathways we plan to highlight as our initiative grows.”


BioConnects New England is a multi-state coalition and Phase 1 finalist of the Build Back Better Regional Challenge—a $1 billion program sponsored by the Economic Development Administration. Through this initiative, BioConnects New England will create a biomanufacturing cluster in the Massachusetts, Maine, and Rhode Island region by engaging communities historically excluded from the biotechnology industry, one of the fastest-growing sectors in New England with national importance. This coalition will connect hubs throughout New England to support existing—and establish new—biomanufacturing infrastructure as a pathway to increase employment and educational opportunities for underserved regions and populations.