Welcome to the Worcester Pipeline Collaborative
Its mission is to encourage, educate, and challenge under-represented, educationally and economically disadvantaged students for success in the biomedical, biotechnology research, and healthcare professions (BBHP) where they are traditionally under-represented.
In 1996, the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) made a conscious commitment to get directly involved with the public education system to help improve and strengthen the curricula of students from disadvantaged backgrounds. To that end, UMMS partnered with local education, community, and business partners to establish the Worcester Pipeline Collaborative (WPC). Current partners include the Worcester Public Schools, Worcester State University (WSU), Quinsigamond Community College (QCC), Plumley Village (low-income housing complex), Abbott Bioresearch Center (ABC) and UMass Memorial Medical Center (UMMHC).
Partnership activities include: mentoring, job-shadowing, tutoring, clinical,observerships, research internships, after-school science programs, visiting scientist programs, a speaker's bureau and family involvement activities. Through these efforts, students learn to set high expectations for themselves, as they participate in rigorous K-12 mathematics and science curricula, and develop language skills required to enter competitive collegiate programs. Students also become academically prepared to pursue BBHP in Massachusetts.