Established in 1990, Middlesex Community College's biotechnology program is one of the oldest in the country. Programs provide education and training in skills required for entry level employment as technicians in biomanufacturing. Conferring both Certificates and Associate Degrees (with opportunities to transfer to a four year program) averages of 35 to 40 graduates per year qualify for immediate employment.
Employers include: Genzyme (Framingham, Cambridge and Allston facilities), Wyeth BioPharm, Millipore, EMD/Lexigen and BiogenIdec. An Internship at a biotech company is required in the Certificate program. Hands-on lab work and on-site work experience result in consistently high placement rates. Graduates work at various jobs, including process development associates, manufacturing technicians (both upstream and downstream), facilities technicians, validation specialists, and quality control technicians. Articulation agreements are in place with high schools, such as Minuteman Biotech training, and four year universities, such as Boston University Metropolitan College.