"The site tour to Baxter opened my eyes to a whole new side of the applied sciences that I didn't know existed. Specifically, in regards to the manufacturing side, it never occurred to me that those jobs were a possibility for me after earning a Biology degree. This side of the industry involved processes that we don't learn about in the classroom. It was comforting to know that with my skills and degree, I could potentially work for a company like Baxter." - Karen, Student, California State University East Bay
As part of the Institute for STEM Education’s Career Awareness and Preparation Program (CAPP), site tours to local companies are often the first time students are able to see an applicable work setting that draws on the skills they are learning in the classroom. On October 19th, eleven students from Cal State East Bay participated in a behind-the-scenes tour of Baxter Healthcare’s manufacturing site in Hayward. Coming from a variety of academic disciplines – including Biology, Engineering Management, Industrial Engineering, Computer Science, Pre-Nursing, and Statistics – the students visited labs where functional and chemical tests are conducted, met engineers who troubleshoot equipment and processes, learned about Quality Assurance that includes product release and doc controls, and met with the Plant Manager to gain insight into the kinds of skills and aptitudes that are crucial for a successful career.
The Institute for STEM Education and students are grateful to Baxter for the opportunity and continued support.
If you are interested in hosting a site tour at your workplace, please visit our CAPP Employer page to sign up or learn more.