Students learn about animal care and operations at Jackson Lab

BAR HARBOUR, Maine (WABI) – Friday marks the last day for 8 East Maine high school students who participated in a nine-week paid apprenticeship program in animal care and operations at Jackson Lab’s Bar Harbor Campus.

Students from MDI, Ellsworth, Bucksport and Brewer High Schools, as well as the Hancock County Technical Center, learned technical and teamwork skills while exploring local career opportunities and learning about research conducted at JAX to improve human health.

“Our hope for them is really that they have acquired professional skills. They obviously learned some techniques specific to our field, but we are creating a quality workforce for our community,” said Scientific Advisor, Jackson Lab Kelly Brackett.

“It was one of the best experiences I’ve had and I would totally do it again. It was so much fun working with everyone. It really gave me a great idea of ​​what Jackson Laboratory is all about,” said Brewer High School student Haily Foster.

“I would definitely say I’m very different from nine weeks ago. I learned a lot from interacting with the people here,” said Brewer High School student Lily Enman.

Jackson Lab will accept applications for next summer’s apprenticeship in January.

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Benjamin M. Yerger