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Rapidly Expanding Ohio Bioscience Industry Drives New Workforce Training Program
Date:10/30/2008

Bioscience Workforce Training Center trains first students for work in

medical manufacturing

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Oct. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Skilled Northeast Ohio workers who once made cars and other consumer products are being leveraged by Ohio's growing bioscience industry to make pills, drugs packaging and medical devices. To ensure a strong pipeline of skilled labor to sustain the unprecedented growth of the bioscience industry, the Cleveland Plus region now hosts a brand-new workforce training center to prepare even more Ohio workers for careers in the bioscience industry.

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According to the Ohio Business Development Coalition, the nonprofit organization that markets the state for capital investment, the launch of the Bioscience Workforce Training Center at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) demonstrates public-private partnership in action to support and build the future Ohio economy.

"There are at least 1,500 jobs available for Ohioans to fill in the Cleveland bioscience sector," said John Gajewski, executive director in the Workforce and Economic Development Division at Tri-C's Corporate College. "At Tri-C, we saw the opportunity to partner with pharmaceutical drug and medical device manufacturers to help Ohio workers become a part of this growing industry."

Opened Sept. 29, Tri-C's Bioscience Workforce Training Center is the first of its kind in the nation. The program partners with local Northeastern Ohio companies such as Ben Venue Laboratories in Bedford, that needs new workers to manufacture the sterile drugs it makes for the medical industry.

"At Ben Venue, we have invested more than $375 million on structures and improvements to our pharmaceutical manufacturing facility since 1997," said President and COO Thomas Murphy. The investment B
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