400 students from across the state shadow scientists and industry executives
PEPPERELL -- Masy Systems took part in the fourth annual biotechnology Job Shadow Day organized by the Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation.
More than 400 Massachusetts high school students shadowed life sciences professionals across the Commonwealth.
MassBio brought students from Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School of Marlborough to shadow many of the departments at Masy, spending the school day learning about the industry, Masy's growth in Pepperell and what it's like to work in Masy's calibration, IT, finance and quality departments.
"When students see cutting-edge science and the connection between their high school curriculum and the life-saving work being done in company labs, it sparks their interest in STEM," said Lance Hartford, executive director of the MassBioEd Foundation. "Job Shadow Day exposes students to a variety of careers in the life sciences and shows them that high school science can be the first step to an exciting future."
This successful event, part of MassBioEd's BioTeach program, aims to increase students' interest in pursuing science, technology, engineering and math-related careers as part of MassBioEd's BioTeach program. Through BioTeach, MassBioEd works to bring lab equipment, teacher training and student career exploration experiences to students throughout the state to educate and inspire future scientists.
Laurie Masiello, Masy president, said, "It was rewarding for Masy staff members to welcome and mentor these 12 students. We shared our entrepreneurial spirit and family work environment. We advised the students to find what they love and love what they do. It's never work when you enjoy your career."
This year, 16 Massachusetts biotechnology, biopharmaceutical, life sciences companies and research institutions partnered with the MassBioEd Foundation to host 15 high schools for company tours and one-on-one mentoring.
Masy continues to support to local educational institutions in their ongoing efforts as well as work with many trade organizations to assist in educating our future leaders.