Gloucester Biotechnology Academy Announces Plans for Fully-Immersive, In-Person Classes for Fall 2020 – There’s still time to apply!

sm extracting DNA -1638On August 31, the Gloucester Biotechnology Academy will open its doors for the Class of 2021 to begin the innovative, life sciences workforce training at Blackburn Center. and is still accepting applications for the few remaining openings. The entering class will mark the 5th anniversary of the transformational, vocational program.

“At GMGI, we are all about science so we will be taking more than just the prescribed precautions,” said Christine Bolzan, GMGI Executive Director. “This will be a safe and productive environment — 81% of enrolled students graduate and 86% of them have gone either on to careers in life sciences or to study science in college.” The Academy team has created a comprehensive plan that prioritizes the health and safety of students and staff and allows for a continuation of the Academy’s tradition of excellence in hands-on, laboratory career training.

Donning PPE has long been an Academy practice, and additional requirements will include careful social distancing, rotating breaks and lunch schedules, cleaning regimens, and a revised academic calendar to account for potential disruptions due to illness. Students and staff will engage in daily health monitoring before entering the facility. Equipment has been purchased to allow for lectures to be recorded, and both classroom and laboratory settings have been reconfigured to create the safest possible environment.

“The practical curriculum cannot be taught remotely as the great benefit of this experience is its hands-on nature and guidance from our teaching staff. We needed to develop a plan that would allow that to continue, and it will take commitment, vigilance and honesty within our Academy community to make this work amid a global pandemic. We are excited to move forward and welcome another cohort of young adults to pursue careers as laboratory technicians,” explained Dr. John Doyle, Education Director.

The Gloucester Biotechnology Academy is currently accepting applications for the Fall of 2020 and more information can be found online: https://gmgi.org/education/apply/

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Nobel Prize winner joins GMGI’s virtual Science Hour series

Join us on Thursday, July 9th for the final GMGI Science Hour of the season: “GFP: Lighting Up Life” with Nobel Prize winner Martin Chalfie.

In 2008, Dr. Chalfie was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry with co-recipients Osamu Shimomura and Roger Tsien for the discovery and development of Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP). His demonstration of the GFP gene’s capability as a biological marker revolutionized the biological sciences and contributed to major advances in genetics, cell biology, and neurobiology, and to a better understanding of cancer, Alzheimer’s and other diseases.

Click here to register: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_972Cd7nZQDG0wxx_LkWDtg?fbclid=IwAR1iC_eqfJ2E9pNKMIxkZrl3FkoOc4-aYd0AY7wUhWCndueYh2x7LNd_Rc8

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Join GMGI for a virtual Science Hour! Thursday, June 11th at 7:30pm

Looking for plans this Thursday night? Join GMGI for our virtual Science Hour!

Nina Overgaard Therkildsen, fisheries scientist, assistant professor at Cornell University, and GMGI Science Advisory Board member, will join us via Zoom on Thursday, June 11th at 7:30pm to discuss how she and her team use genomics as a tool for improving fisheries management.

Nina’s research aims to leverage the ongoing revolution in genomic analysis tools to help support sustainable fisheries management and marine conservation. Her talk will discuss the enormous potential of DNA as a tracing tool in a wide variety of ocean applications.

Invitation with details below.  RSVP to ashley.destino@gmgi.org.

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Gloucester Biotechnology Academy Accepting Applications for Next Class!

Gloucester Biotechnology Academy’s Class of 2021 is set to begin in the fall, and applications are still being accepted! This affordable, 9-month program is an incredible opportunity to gain the skills needed to start a new career in biotech.

Please visit our website at gmgi.org/apply or reach out to Education Director John Doyle at john.doyle@gmgi.org for more information – we are happy to answer any questions you have!

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Gloucester Biotechnology Academy: Virtual Info Session on 5/1

Interested in learning more about Gloucester Biotechnology Academy? Do you know a high school senior or recent grad that is looking for their next move – but isn’t sure where to start?

Join us from your own home on Friday, May 1st as Academy instructors hold our first VIRTUAL Informational Session. Held on ZOOM from 2p – 3p, instructors will be live with details on the program, information on how to apply, and answers for your questions during a live Q&A.

See the invite below, and reach out to Ashley Destino at ashley.destino@gmgi.org with any questions.

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Gloucester Biotechnology Academy accepting applications for next class!

While working from home, Academy staff are still reviewing applications, holding interviews via Zoom and accepting students into the next Gloucester Biotechnology Academy class! Don’t wait, space is limited and class spots are filling up – APPLY TODAY!

This is a chance to gain the skills you need to start a career in the exciting field of biotech.  After six months of intensive, hands-on lab skills work and training at the Academy’s state-of-the-art teaching facility in Blackburn Center, you’ll have the opportunity to earn a three-month, paid internship at a biotech company in Boston/Cambridge/the North Shore.  This is a unique and fulfilling experience, don’t miss out!

More information, as well as the application, can be found on our website: gmgi.org/apply.  You can also reach out to Lead Teacher, Elizabeth Wing for more information at elizabeth.wing@gmgi.org.

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COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE at Gloucester Biotechnology Academy

On Thursday, January 23rd from 3p to 6p, the Gloucester Biotechnology Academy will be open to all interested community members and prospective students. Come learn about the hands-on curriculum, tour the state-of-the-art teaching lab, and chat with instructors and current students about this unique opportunity.

Applications will be available for the upcoming class.  Don’t miss out on your chance to start your career in biotech!

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Looking for what’s next? Come learn about the exciting opportunities at Gloucester Biotechnology Academy!

Join us on Thursday, January 23rd from 3pm to 6pm for Gloucester Biotechnology Academy’s first Open House of the year.

Gloucester Biotechnology Academy offers a unique, 9-month hands-on training program – including a 3-month paid internship –  for high school graduates, providing the skills needed to enter the biotech workforce as a lab technician.

This is a wonderful opportunity for a young adult who is looking to begin a promising and fulfilling career in a growing field.

Come learn more about the curriculum, chat with instructors and current students, and pick up an application for the upcoming class.

Please reach out to Lead Teacher Elizabeth Wing at elizabeth.wing@gmgi.org with any questions.

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Gloucester Biotechnology Academy’s first Open House of 2020!

Please join us at our state-of-the-art teaching facility in Blackburn Center on Thursday, January 23rd for Gloucester Biotechnology Academy’s first Open House of the year.

Come learn more about this innovative program and how it can lead to an exciting career in biotech!

Applications for the 2021 class will be available, and students, alumni and teachers will be on site to chat with and answer your questions.

Please reach out to Lead Teacher Elizabeth Wing at elizabeth.wing@gmgi.org for more information.

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