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Chicago Area Bioinformatics Training Program Gets $100K State Boost

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - The Chicago Technology Park has gained a $100,000 grant from the State of Illinois to continue to develop its Bioinformatics Training Certificate Program (BiTmaP), a bioinformatics training curriculum, BiTmaP said this week. 
 
The program is supported by a $6 million a grant from the US Department of Labor, the Illinois Medical District, the University of Illinois at Chicago and “other local partners.”
 
BiTmaP, which is part of a larger state effort called the Biotech Training Investment Program, so far has enrolled 160 students and has 47 graduates.
 
“By targeting these workforce training grants within this critical sector, we are helping bioscience companies become more competitive and creating more high-paying, high-tech Illinois jobs,” Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich said in a statement.

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