Program Description

This program prepares highly motivated students through an innovative curriculum of hands-on laboratory experiments and industry-based experience to become entry-level laboratory technicians. Students trained through this program will acquire the technical skills and knowledge essential for working in a laboratory and are prepared to enter the biotechnology industry immediately upon completion.

The overall goals of the Gloucester Biotechnology Academy are to:

  • Foster motivated young adults of Cape Ann interested in science by providing workforce-ready training for careers in biotechnology.
  • Instill students with the fundamentals underlying current and emerging DNA and protein techniques and technologies in industry.
  • Educate students in the ethics of science and responsible conduct of work and research.
  • Help students develop communication, oral presentation, writing, and career skills essential to their success beyond the academy.

Unique Features and Opportunities

Competency-based curriculum

  • Intensive, daily hands-on training in biotechnology techniques.
  • Lessons designed for students to demonstrate mastery of key laboratory skills on state-of-the-art equipment.

Paid internships

  • First-hand experience of applied biotechnology in selected industrial laboratories from companies in the North Shore and Boston areas.
  • Work-in-progress meetings provide an opportunity for students to remain in contact with instructors to ensure internship success.

Career mentorship

  • Interpersonal soft skills development training for job readiness.
  • Informal seminars and discussions by prominent scientists from companies to increase exposure to the biotechnology industry.
  • Career and professional development support to academy graduates.

Our mission is to become a world-class marine biotechnology research institute, built on the rich heritage of Gloucester's maritime history, catalyzing a biotechnology hub that will sustain Gloucester and the Cape Ann economy for the 21st century and beyond.

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Gloucester Marine
Genomics Institute

55 Blackburn Center
Gloucester, MA 01930

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