Two seniors from Don Bosco Technical Institute (Bosco Tech) in Rosemead spent their summers interning at the Oak Crest Institute of Science and the Pasadena Biotech Collaborative. Their extracurricular efforts paid off in a big way, with recognition from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors at an awards breakfast on Oct. 29. 

Ryan Suarez and Henry He both received their internships as part of the Bio-Flex Pre-Apprentices Program, an initiative launched by the South Bay Workforce Investment Board (SBWIB) and backed by the Board of Supervisors. The program’s aim is to help students develop career paths in the bioscience industry. 

Ryan Suarez and Henry He. (Photo courtesy Bosco Tech)

“We’re exceptionally proud of Ryan and Henry, and extremely grateful to the Oak Crest Institute of Science and the Pasadena Biotech Collaborative for their internship opportunities,” said Memo Gutierrez, president of Bosco Tech. “The foresight of the LA County Board of Supervisors in recognizing the advancing biotech industry is truly encouraging and will undoubtedly benefit our county and its citizens in the coming years.”

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas is spearheading the Bio-Flex Initiative, which will train hundreds of new workers. “My goal in supporting Bio-Flex is to ensure that we partner with industry so that everyone who has a dream and the commitment to enter this bold and dynamic bioscience industry has the opportunity to do so,” said Ridley-Thomas.

At Bosco Tech, an all-male Catholic high school, technology-focused curriculum allows students to complete extensive integrated coursework in applied sciences and engineering fields.