By: Karen Krynen
Two seniors at Don Bosco Technical Institute (Bosco Tech) who interned this past summer at the Oak Crest Institute of Science and the Pasadena Biotech Collaborative were honored by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors at an awards breakfast in City Council chambers on Tuesday, October 29.
The Tech’s Ryan Suarez and Henry He’s summer internships were part of the Bio-Flex Pre-Apprentices program, an initiative launched by the Board of Supervisors-backed South Bay Workforce Investment Board (SBWIB) that develops career pathways for the bioscience industry.
“We’re exceptionally proud of Ryan and Henry, and extremely grateful to the Oak Crest Institute of Science and the Pasadena Biotech Collaborative for their internship opportunities,” said Bosco Tech President Memo Gutierrez. “The foresight of the L.A. County Board of Supervisors in recognizing the advancing biotech industry is truly encouraging and will undoubtedly benefit our county and its citizens in the coming years.”
Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, who has consistently supported the growth of the bioscience industry, is spearheading the Bio-Flex Initiative that will train hundreds of new workers for the rapidly expanding field. “My goal in supporting Bio-Flex is to ensure that we partner with industry so that everyone who has a dream and the commitment to enter this bold and dynamic bioscience industry has the opportunity to do so,” said Ridley-Thomas.
Bosco Tech is an all-male Catholic high school that uniquely combines a rigorous college-preparatory program with a technology-focused education. The innovative curriculum allows students to exceed university admission requirements while completing extensive integrated coursework in one of several applied science and engineering fields, including the new Biological, Medical & Environmental Technology (BMET) program.
On Niche.com’s list of top Catholic boys’ high schools in California and the U.S., Bosco Tech boasts a college acceptance rate of 100 percent, with the majority of graduates pursuing STEM-related post-secondary majors at four-year universities. The school will host an Open House on : Sunday, Nov. 17, from 12 noon to 4 p.m.; the public is welcome.