Labor Secretary Schulz Visits BTI

Secretary Schulz visits BioTechnical Institute of Maryland, Inc.

On Monday, January 8, 2018, Kelly M. Schulz, Secretary of the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR), and Mary C. Keller, EARN Maryland Administrator visited the BioTechnical Institute of Maryland, Inc. (BTI)., an EARN Grant recipient to learn more about BTI and to experience a day of instruction.

During their visit, Sec. Schulz and Ms. Keller met BTI staff, as well as participants in BTI’s BioSTART and Laboratory Associates program. BTI’s program is skill-centric, often called “skills to pay the bills,” providing engaged adults with concentrated training that allows them to start working in the biotechnology and life sciences sectors. Having motivated, trained entry-level employees is becoming increasingly important to Maryland’s life sciences companies as they continue to expand.

The Secretary spoke to BTI students in the current class and learned how the BTI training impacts not only their lives, but also their families and their neighborhoods. The students showed off their lab techniques and helped Sec. Schulz learn the skill of pipetting.
Shulz Visit

Sec. Schulz with BTI’s BioStart to Laboratory Associates class and Program Director Dr. Wayne Butscher, as she learns the basics of pipetting.

“Workforce training has become an increasingly vital piece to the continuum of growth for Maryland’s life sciences companies,” said Secretary Schulz, “Seeing the BTI program and meeting the students in person really demonstrates how important these services are for Maryland’s economy. I was so impressed by both the passion and engagement of the students as well as their excitement about the skills they are gaining and their prospective career opportunities.”

 

BTI has successfully provided tuition-free training to the under- and unemployed Maryland residents for nearly 20 years in Baltimore City. The program’s preparation of a trained, local workforce is a critical component of the many efforts to sustain and grow the biotechnology industry in the state of Maryland. In addition, BTI’s program is a necessary factor in addressing the practical workforce development needs especially for Baltimore City residents.

For more information about BTI and its training program, contact Leslie I.D. Prewitt, Associate Director, 410-752-4224, or lprewitt@biotechmd.org

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