Many areas of education are embracing and integrating hands-on, problem-based and experiential learning into their curriculums. The Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs have been important in this area, where students learn skills that are informed by their respective industries. Some companies, like Quirk Chevrolet (Manchester), Technology Seed (Salem), Northeast Rehabilitation Hospital, and 36 Creative (Salem) are taking workforce training a step further by offering internships for high school students.
Dr. Mary Q. Stewart, ARMI’s Education and Workforce director, was part of a workforce panel with Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster (NH 2nd District) at Salem High School. Salem CTE students shared with the panel how their internship experiences have impacted their career paths.
Students, like Madeline Craig, who is a senior at Salem High in their Health Science Technology Program, took advantage of the opportunity to work as a nursing assistant and take the state LNA exam at the end of this year, as well as earn 10 college credits while still in high school.
While industry input into curriculum is important, there are hurdles for companies to provide the time and opportunities, like internships, for students.
Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster has put forth a bill that would help incentivize these types of opportunities. Workforce Development Investment Act (H.R. 1747), is a bill proposed that “…amends the Internal Revenue Code to allow employers a business-related tax credit of $5,000 for each community college, other institution of higher education, or area career and technical education school engaged in a qualified partnership with the employer…" and ”…allows employers a worker training tax credit…”
“Internship programs not only benefit the students”, says Dr. Stewart,” but the companies gain access to a workforce that they help train for their field.” To help develop the ecosystem in regenerative medicine, ARMI/BioFabUSA has set up a Talent Exchange on their community portal to provide a place for institute members to post career opportunities, like internships. If interested in career opportunities in Regenerative Medicine, go to the ARMI/BioFabUSA Community Portal and then look at the Open Opportunities.