A key need for industry and practitioners in cell manufacturing is a diverse, inclusive, and well-trained workforce – both entry-level trainees and advanced-degree trainees.
Currently CMaT has more than 138 trainees including postdocs, grad students, undergrad students, high school students and teachers, and technical college students and teachers.
CMaT’s workforce development program is designed to achieve four overarching goals:
1. Train a diverse group of undergraduate and graduate engineers with key technical and professional skills.
2. Prepare technical colleges and pre-college students for careers in the biomanufacturing industry.
3. Use excitement surrounding cell therapies to stimulate interest in research career pathways.
4. Expand the education of students from underrepresented non-normative groups (e.g., veterans, students with disabilities).