Chief Science Officer Development Course to Celebrate its First Graduating Class on Saturday, April 9 at the Germantown Innovation Center

On Saturday, April 9 at 11 a.m., the Chief Science Officer (CSO) Development Course will graduate its first class at the Germantown Innovation Center. The 20 students – predominately post-doctorates and young scientists – will receive a Certificate of Completion signed by the National Institute of Health’s Foundation for the Advancement of Education in Science (FAES) and Montgomery College Workforce Development and Continuing Education, a key partner in the training and education of the county’s business community.

The 12-week course trained students for the transition from the laboratory to the board room, providing them with the business and leadership skills necessary for success in Montgomery County’s burgeoning biotechnology industry. The Federal Laboratory Consortium, Mid-Atlantic Region (FLC-MAR), Human Workflows, and Montgomery County Department of Economic Development (DED) each contributed to developing targeted and streamlined coursework for the course that would provide a pathway for a future CSO career and create new opportunities for local employers to view the CSO Development Certificate as a viable measure of success in the field.

Dr. Sanjay Rai, vice president and provost of Montgomery College’s Germantown Campus, will provide welcoming remarks at the ceremony.

Montgomery College’s Germantown Campus educates students for careers in biotechnology and the life sciences and will soon contribute to county job growth through its planned science and technology park.

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