Montgomery College and the Universities at Shady Grove (USG), in conjunction with the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), have completed two intensive pilot training programs designed to create a skilled talent pipeline to support the life sciences sector in Montgomery County. The four-week “Bio Boot Camp” program—a public-private effort announced in November 2020—was created to help kickstart recovery from the COVID-19 health crisis.
"Taking this program from an idea to implementation and completion in such record time speaks to our ability to collaborate and take action to support the County’s critical workforce needs,” said County Executive Marc Elrich. “This effort took an incredible level of coordination and teamwork. I particularly want to thank Doug Firstenberg, who chaired the Economic Advisory Group, and Angela Graham, president and CEO of Quality Biological, who worked so hard to make this program a reality. We look forward to expanding programs like these to support workers displaced by the pandemic and the talent pipeline of the burgeoning biotech industry of Montgomery County.”