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Promoting Careers in Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing Operations to High School Students

This project will develop an awareness program that can be used to introduce high school students to careers in biopharmaceutical manufacturing operations.
Categories
Talent/ Pipeline development
Project status
87% Completed

Industry Need

  • Biopharmaceutical manufacturers struggle to recruit and hire high school graduates due to a limited number of interested candidates.

Solution

The goal of this project is to develop an awareness program that can be used to introduce high school students to careers in biopharmaceutical manufacturing operations.  


The project will create a classroom presentation designed to engage high school students, consisting of: 

  • A video and slide deck 
  • Hands-on demonstrations 
  • Frequently asked questions and next steps 
  • A leader’s manual to standardize the delivery of the classroom presentation.  

In collaboration with one or more public school systems, the team will select two North Carolina high schools representing diverse racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and geographic student populations to host pilots, scheduled sequentially to allow for revisions before the second pilot.  


Finally, the project team will document lessons learned in the leader’s manual and develop marketing materials that will explain the program to teachers interested in using the program or hosting subject matter experts from industry or colleges in their classrooms. All program materials will be available online at no cost to the public.  

Outcomes and Impacts

Use the developed program to enhance awareness of careers in biomanufacturing among high school students and increase the industry’s ability to recruit and hire these candidates.

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Project Lead

North Carolina Biotechnology Center

North Carolina Biotechnology Center

Participating Organizations

Merck Sharp & Dohme LLC

Merck Sharp & Dohme LLC

Pfizer, Inc.

Pfizer, Inc.

Pitt Community College

Pitt Community College

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