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The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor

35-40% of Jackson Lab employees have gone through MQC-funded trainingPhoto Courtesy of The Jackson Laboratory
In ten years, The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor—a world leader in biomedical research—has doubled its workforce, to nearly 1,300 employees.  Throughout this period of rapid expansion, The Jackson Lab has partnered with the Maine Quality Centers program and Eastern Maine Community College in Bangor to train and build its workforce.  Some 560 new employees—many of them animal care technicians—have been trained by Maine Community College staff in such areas as lab animal science, teamwork in a technical environment, personal computer skills, and customer service.  Today, as the Lab prepares to add up to 500 new staff over the next five to ten years, new MQC training is being developed to include teamwork and supervisory training. At the same time, The Jackson Lab and EMCC are exploring the potential of developing a full associate degree program with a focus in life science to provide a career ladder for Lab workers and support Maine’s growing life science industry. As a first step, EMCC will bring credit-bearing courses to the Lab this fall, with tuition for 50 students — all current Lab employees — funded by the MQC program.  

"The Jackson Laboratory is a Maine institution that is leading the search for cures worldwide.
As we continue to grow in order to fulfill that mission, the Maine Quality Centers program has enabled the kinds of education and training programs that help us
to attract, train and retain the employees we need.
Chuck Hewett, Ph.D
Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
The Jackson Laboratory