Life Sciences Center at Holyoke Community College aims to develop biotech workforce

Holyoke Community College’s new $4.55 million Center for Life Sciences will feature a cleanroom training facility, a first for Massachusetts two-year institutions. The 13,000-square-foot Center for Life Sciences, part of the Marieb Building, is set to open Sept. 4. The college plans to use the center for courses in biotechnology, genetics and microbiology, in keeping with the growing demand for biotech workers. The project was funded through a $3.8 million Massachusetts Life Sciences Center grant and $750,000 from the HCC Foundation’s Building Healthy Communities Campaign.

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