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Just-A-Start Opens New Biomedical Careers Program Classrooms and Offices

On Wednesday, September 16, Just-A-Start, Inc., officially opened the new offices and classrooms of their Biomedical Careers Program. The new space features a dedicated lecture hall with a Smartboard, computer lab, kitchen, conference room and offices for the employees who directly support the career training program. The Biomedical Careers Program is now located at 1035
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JP Morgan Chase Foundation donates $200,000 to Just-A-Start

Just-A-Start’s Biomedical Careers Program just got a big boost from one of the world’s leaders in global philanthropy. The JP Morgan Chase Foundation has given Just-A-Start $200,000 in support of the JAS Biomedical Careers Program. “This is a significant gift that comes at an important time in the history of our organization,” said JAS Executive
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Just-A-Start YouthBuild Celebrates its Class of 2015 Graduation

Entering the Bunker Hill Community College auditorium to the sound of Pomp & Circumstance and the applause of their family and friends, more than thirty young adults celebrated their graduation from the Just-A-Start YouthBuild program, earning their high school diplomas or HiSET certificates through the alternative education program.“I feel privileged to be part of the
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Biogen Awards $20,000 grant to JAS TeenWork Program

Biogen, one of Just-A-Start’s longtime community partners, this year awarded the JAS TeenWork program with a $20,000 grant. The sponsorship provides Cambridge Rindge & Latin School students access to summer employment opportunities they would not have otherwise. “It’s a tremendous show of support to our program,” said Deborah Ruhe, executive director of Just-A-Start. “More importantly,
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JAS Biomedical Careers Program On The Move – Literally!

On June 19th, the JAS Biomedical Careers Program made the “big” move from its Charlestown residence to the main JAS campus at 1035 Cambridge Street in Cambridge. “We’re thrilled about this move,” Ms. O’Donnell said. “In relocating its classroom and offices, the Biomed Careers Program will benefit from integrating with services and staff support in
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JAS Spotlight: The Renovation of Bishop Allen Apartments

This fall, Just-A-Start will celebrate the completion of a $16 million development that has already drawn praise from city officials and neighborhood groups alike for not only preserving affordable housing in Cambridge, but preserving a small piece of Cantabridgian history. Located in the Central Square neighborhood, at the intersection of Bishop Allen Drive and Norfolk
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Peter R. Munkenbeck Elected Chair of Just-A-Start Board of Directors

Just-A-Start has elected Peter R. Munkenbeck of Cambridge as chairman of the non-profit community development corporation’s board of directors. Mr. Munkenbeck, who has been on the board for five years, replaces John Henn, who had served as board chair since 2005. “It is an honor to serve in this role for Just-A-Start at this time
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2015 Biomedical Graduation

  In the heart of Kendall Square – often referred to as the most innovative square mile in the world – Just-A-Start celebrated with the community the success of one of its more innovate initiatives: the 23rd Commencement of its Biomedical Careers Program. Learn more about the Biomedical Careers Program here.
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Biomedical Careers Program Success Story: Shawn Fitzpatrick

In the 16 years since Shawn Fitzpatrick graduated from the JAS Biomedical Careers program, he’s gone from being an entry-level technician to the Associate Director of Manufacturing at Shire, a biotechnology company that develops and provides healthcare in the areas of behavioral health, gastrointestinal conditions, rare diseases, and regenerative medicine. As Shawn put it, “I’m
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