December 2016 – Over the past month, Lucigen joined the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) for two career-oriented events. Having worked with students at Memorial High School to develop their interest in healthcare, Jay Schiestle and Marie Uphoff—VP of Operations & Diagnostics and Project Manager, respectively—recently brought Lucigen’s team to a recruitment night for incoming high school first-years. They were joined by Tony Rockweiler, R&D Scientist; Eric Steinmetz, R&D Principal Scientist; and Michele Auldridge, R&D Senior Scientist. At this event, the Lucigen team talked with interested MMSD parents and 8th graders about the Health Care Career Pathway program and potential careers in the life-science industry. 8th graders who apply will have their application reviewed before joining the program. Memorial plans to include about 100 students in its Pathway program for the 2017-2018 school year.

At the second event, Glaselyn Miller, Director of Global Sales & Distribution at Lucigen, presented to students for the School Makes a Difference (SMAD) program. As part of the SMAD program, sponsored by MMSD’s Office of Personalized Pathways and the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce, students engage with presenters to learn about various careers and career journeys. Glaselyn shared her occupational experiences and current role to help inspire Madison’s high school students to consider professions in the biotech industry, sales, and international business. Lucigen is excited to support both programs in helping MMSD students identify and achieve their biotech vocational goals.