Advancing education and career opportunities in regenerative medicine and biofabrication
Supported by funding from the federal Build Back Better grant, Manchester CREATES seeks to advance education and career opportunities in regenerative medicine and biofabrication through educational programs for middle and high school students as well as teachers in the Manchester region.
In September of 2022, a coalition led by the City of Manchester was awarded $44 million in federal grants from the U.S. Economic Development Administration as part of the national Build Back Better Regional Challenge. This funding will be used to create a biofabrication cluster in the Manchester Millyards, already
home to the Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute (ARMI) and a growing number of biotech start-ups.
As a member of this coalition, UNH has received $1.5 million to expand its NH CREATES workforce development initiative to the UNH Manchester campus. This funding will enable UNH to offer an array of educational programs focused on regenerative medicine and biofabrication to middle and high school students and teachers in the Manchester region. The goal of these programs is to cultivate interest and expertise in the biosciences to better address current and future workforce needs.
- Innovative new summer youth programs at UNH Manchester focused on regenerative medicine and biofabrication. These programs build on curriculum developed at UNH Tech Camp in Durham over the past two years. An emphasis will be placed on admitting students who are traditionally underrepresented in STEM-related fields. Programs are offered at no cost to students in the Manchester public school district and all skill levels are welcomed. Advanced proficiency in STEM-related subjects is not required. Read more about Manchester Tech Camp.
- A paid two-week summer professional development program on the UNH Manchester campus that provides training to middle and high school STEM teachers that helps them create formal projects related to regenerative medicine and biotechnology that they can bring back to their classrooms. Upon completion, participants will receive a $1,500 award, CEUs, classroom supplies and ongoing support from UNH faculty and graduate students.
- Expansion of the regenerative medicine and biotechnology STEM ecosystem established in 2021 that includes industry, higher education and K-12 partners from across new Hampshire. The goal is to create new career pathways focused on regenerative medicine and biotechnology.