Life Science Credential Achievement Fund (LSCAF)

In addition to funding training programs at Boston University, Quincy College and UMass/Boston, SCILS has established a small Life Science Credential Achievement Fund (LSCAF) to assist individuals pursuing careers in the life sciences by providing customized and flexible training solutions for those whose needs can’t be met by the other SCILS-funded programs.  The fund has three mutually supportive purposes: 

1. To help unemployed residents of the region gain employment through the completion of a high-demand life science credential.

2. To help underemployed residents of the region advance in their careers through the completion of a high-demand life science credential.  (For these    purposes, underemployed is defined as working less than 35 hours per week, or earning less than $20 per hour.)

3. To deepen the relationship between the workforce, education and employer partners of the SCILS Initiative by working together to strategically target the investment of the Fund in order to best serve the region’s life science industry and workforce.

General Outline

The Fund exists to meet the needs of individual job seekers, and operates on a voucher model.  Eligible participants can, with prior approval, access up to $4,000 to offset the cost of a targeted credential.  The Fund works as follows:

·         The OWD SCILS Coordinator maintains a list of approved training/education providers for specific targeted credentials, and issues vouchers directly to the approved programs.  Individual participants are notified of the transaction.

·         Individuals seeking to use an LSCAF voucher must identify a program that offers a specific life science credential, and (if that program is not already an approved vendor) encourage the program operator to apply to become an approved vendor.  Programs must apply for consideration as described in Section 4.

·         Partners in the SCILS grant, including the Boston Private Industry Council (PIC) and the one-stop career centers, work to identify appropriate individuals and provide an initial screen to evaluate eligibility and suitability for enrollment in the SCILS grant.

·         Approved participants will be able to access up to $4,000 towards the cost of an approved credential at an approved training/education partner.  Funds will be paid directly to the program, and can cover the cost of the training, test fees, and books.

·         SCILS staff and partners will enroll a total of 50 individuals in the Fund through outreach and recruitment; the amount of the fund is thus set at $200,000. 

·         The target enrollment figure, maximum voucher amount and total amount in the Fund are subject to adjustment as necessary.

Participant Eligibility

Participants enrolled in the SCILS Initiative through the Fund must meet the following eligibility requirements:

Ø  They must be legally and permanently authorized to work in the US
Ø  They must be in compliance with Selective Service requirements
Ø  They must be either a resident of, or a dislocated worker from, the SCILS Region*
Ø  They must be either unemployed or underemployed at intake
Ø  They must already be on a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) career pathway

The SCILS Initiative must be able to properly document each eligibility requirement in order for that requirement to be considered met.

For the purposes of the SCILS Initiative, underemployed is defined as any person who is either working less than 35 hours a week, OR is earning less than $20 per hour. 

Individuals seeking to utilize the fund must select a provider from those approved by the Fund, or must have the provider apply to and be accepted by the Fund.

VETERAN’S PREFERENCE:  The Fund gives preference to Veterans with regard to enrollment decisions.  The geographic eligibility requirement is also waived for veterans, provided they live in the State of Massachusetts.

The SCILS region includes the following towns and cities: Acton, Arlington, Ashland, Bedford, Bellingham, Belmont, Boston, Boxborough, Braintree, Brookline,  Burlington, Cambridge, Canton, Carlisle, Carver,  Chelsea, Cohasset, Concord, Dedham, Dover, Duxbury, Everett, Foxborough, Framingham, Franklin, Halifax, Hanover, Hingham, Holbrook, Holliston, Hopkinton, Hudson, Hull, Kingston, Lexington, Lincoln, Littleton, Malden, , Marlborough, Marshfield, Maynard, Medfield, Medford, Medway, Melrose, Middleborough, Millis, Milton, Natick, , Needham, Newton, Norfolk, North Reading, Norwell, Norwood, Pembroke, Plainville, Plymouth, Plympton, Quincy, Randolph, Reading, Revere, Rockland, Scituate, Sharon, Sherborn, Somerville, Southborough, Stoneham, Stow, Sudbury, Wakefield, Walpole, Waltham, Watertown, Wayland, Wellesley, Weston, Westwood, Weymouth, Wilmington, Winchester, Winthrop, Woburn, Wrentham
For a list of approved training providers, click here.
Targeted Credentials
The Life Science Credential Achievement Fund (LSCAF) is designed to create customized and flexible training solutions for qualified unemployed and underemployed Metro Boston residents who are committed to advancing their careers in life sciences.  The Fund will work closely with referring partners to target individuals for whom such customized training assistance would allow attainment of an occupation such as those listed below, or a critical certificate or the completion of a post-secondary degree in a life science field.  This list is not exclusive; other life sciences credential programs may apply.  The following occupations/credentials are targeted:



Biological Technician

Biomanufacturing Operator

Biomedical technicians

Cell Culture Technician

Chemistry QC Technician

Documentation Coordinator

Environmental Health & Safety Technician

Facilities Technician

Field support technicians Instrumentation Calibration Coordinator

Instrumentation/Calibration Technician

Laboratory Technician

Laboratory Animal Technician

Laboratory Assistant

Manufacturer of medical instruments or medical devices Manufacturing Technician

Manufacturing Technician – Downstream

Manufacturing Technician – Upstream

Microbiology QC Technician

QA Documentation Coordinator

Quality Control Technician

Process Development Associate

Research Assistant

Validation Specialist

Veterinary Technologist


Advanced Certificate in Biotechnology

Associates Degree: Bioinformatics

Associates Degree: Biomedical Engineering Technology

Associates Degree: Biotechnology

Associates Degree: Biotechnology & Compliance

Associates Degree: Laboratory Animal Care

Associates Degree: Medical Electronics Engineering Technology

Certificate in Applied Biotechnology

Certificate in Biotechnology

Certificate in Biomanufacturing

Certificate in Biomedical Sciences





Histotechnician (HT)

Histotechnologist (HTL)

Can be offered as:  a certificate, an associate’s degree (Applied Sciences), or as a post- Baccalaureate certificate

American  Society of Clinical Pathologists certification

Medical Assistant

Medical Assistant Certificate

Medical Lab Technician

Associates Degree: Medical Lab Technician

American  Society of Clinical Pathologists certification

Medical Laboratory Technologists

Medical Lab Scientist

Bachelors Degree: Med Tech or Medical Lab Scientist

American  Society of Clinical Pathologists certification


Phlebotomy Technician

Phlebotomy Certificate

Sterile Processing Technician

Sterile Processing Technician Certificate