2010-2011

Registration Under Way for WPI Biomanufacturing Certificate Program

Class Starts Oct. 4; Has Helped Displaced Workers Find New Careers

Registration is under way for the Fundamentals of Biomanufacturing certificate program at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). The new session starts Oct. 4 and will meet three nights a week for eight weeks. Developed by the university's Corporate and Professional Education Division, this hands-on program is aimed at giving workers of all backgrounds (whether recently displaced, changing careers, or needing to transition to a new field) new skills that are in demand by the region's growing biomanufacturing industry.

More than 150 people have completed the program since its inception in 2007, and many have found rewarding careers. Designed by WPI faculty members and industry experts, the curriculum relies on hands-on training, enabling students to be productive from their first day on a new job and saving companies valuable training time and money. In addition, students are encouraged to network with their instructors, who are also potential hiring managers from biomanufacturing organizations that need to employ trained and skilled individuals to enhance their workforces.

Those interested in registering should have a high school diploma, or equivalency, and a desire to learn. Visit the WPI Corporate and Professional Education website for details.

September 2, 2010

Contact: Lorraine U. Martinelle, Public Relations Specialist, +1-508-831-6425, lurbans@wpi.edu Eileen Brangan Mell, Director of Public Relations, +1-508-831-6785, ebmell@wpi.edu