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Nashoba Valley Technical High School’s Engineering Academy received a boost when Gov. Charlie Baker and the Massachusetts Life Science Center recently announced $39 million in capital funding for colleges, universities, middle schools and high schools across Massachusetts.
Nashoba Tech received $101,476, which will go toward the creation of an Automated Bio Lab in the school’s Engineering Academy, which combines the Engineering Technology, Electronics & Robotics and Biotechnology programs under one wing.
“We have a continual goal to prepare our students for their future careers,” Superintendent Denise Pigeon said, adding that an Automated Bio Lab will go a long way toward the school’s goal of “transforming and connecting” the Engineering, Robotics and Biotechnology programs.
“Equipment purchased through the grant will introduce students to the emerging world of high-precision robotics for faster and more cost-effective DNA and pharmacological testing,” she said. “This is a growing field which will allow scientists and doctors to customize treatment while opening job markets for trained engineers and technicians in both the robotics and biotechnology fields.”
Director of Curriculum Gabriella White, who wrote the grant proposal, said the grant is especially important now because Nashoba Tech is preparing students “to use automation in this growing field and open new and exciting career pathways for students in our Engineering, Robotics, and Biotechnology programs.”
“The Engineering Academy is keeping pace with the our ever-changing, technology-focused workplace of tomorrow,” White added. “Automation is becoming increasingly important in a number of manufacturing industries, including biotechnology.”
In announcing the grants, Gov. Baker said, “Our administration is proud of Massachusetts’s global leadership in the life sciences, and we are committed to advancing that standing, training the next generation of entrepreneurs, and connecting residents across the state to careers. The projects that we are announcing today demonstrate our commitment to investing in the innovation economy, supporting game-changing technological research, and creating jobs in every region of the commonwealth.”
The Massachusetts Life Science Center is an investment agency that supports life-sciences innovation, education, research and development, and commercialization. The agency is charged with implementing a $1 billion, state-funded investment initiative to create jobs and support advances that improve health and well-being.