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Workforce Development

Connecting Philadelphians to STEM careers

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Building an Understanding of Lab Basics (BULB)

We're creating opportunities for Philadelphia residents to attain family-sustaining careers in high-growth STEM industries.

BULB is a FREE five-week training program that connects Philadelphians to STEM training and jobs in Philadelphia's growing life sciences industry.


The Science Center is committed to developing a strategic workforce development model that fits the needs of companies, strengthens the STEM talent pipeline, and benefits the community around us.

Felicia Jones

Associate Manager, STEM Workforce Partnerships

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BULB Framework

Weeks 1 & 2 | Hybrid

Basic Lab Training

With eClose Institute

Week 3 | In-Person

Professional Development

Week 4 | hybrid

Cell & Gene Therapy

With Harrisburg University

Week 5 | in-person

Financial Literacy

with TD Bank

BULB Participants Receive

A performance-based stipend

A laptop upon completion

STEM professional career mentor

Connections to employers looking for talent in STEM fields

Program Benefits

Hands-on Training

We’ll share with you the basics of working in a lab from lab safety to microscopy and DNA/RNA isolation.

Career Exposure

Our curriculum is designed in partnership with STEM employers and is industry-informed. What you learn in our program are the foundational skills of actual jobs and real job opportunities.

Professional Connections

It’s not always what you know, it’s who you know. We’ll teach you the lab basics but we’ll also connect you with the people, including mentors and employers, who can help guide you into a STEM career.

Family-Sustaining Career Opportunities

Our goal is to connect you with meaningful employment. We’re not just here to get you a job, we’re here to ensure you’re connected with a career.

Building an Understanding of Lab Basics (BULB)

Since joining the program, my journey has been nothing short of transformative. The decision to sign up was undoubtedly one of the best choices I’ve made. Through the comprehensive curriculum and invaluable support from the team, I have gained skills and confidence that have propelled me forward in both my personal and professional life. Upon graduating from the BULB program, I took the bold step to re-enroll in school, armed with newfound knowledge and determination. I am thrilled to share that just one month after graduation, I secured a fulfilling job opportunity.

"Lola" Goodwin, BULB participant
Curriculum design by
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Harrisburg University of Science and Technology
Supported by
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The U.S. Economic Development Administration

BULB is Supported by

It is important that the work that takes place in the Science Center is accessible to and a part of the broader West Philadelphia community. Expanding job opportunities to include the diversity of the community works towards building inclusion and unity between the Science Center and the broader West Philadelphia community.

Sharon Willis, Integral Molecular

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