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The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation recently provided financial support to the Bioscience Core Skills Institute (BCSI) for the Fiscal Year of 2021 to support their work in building a digital microcredential system for the newly graduated, high school and college, to eliminate traditional barriers job entry in the biotechnology field.  This work contributes to the Kauffman Foundation’s mission of creating solutions that empower people to be successful. ­­­ 


“The Kansas City region is a leader in human and animal health,” said Dan Tesfay, the Data Analyst-in-Residence, Education for the Kauffman Foundation, “but our innovative companies need talent so they can continue to grow. Bioscience Core Skills Institute recognizes that many of our local high school and college students already possess the natural curiosity and strong desire to contribute that are required for a great career. But when a student's basic skills are invisible, they often fail to match to great opportunities right in their backyard. Microcredentials can help students find themselves and be found. We are thrilled to support BCSI in their efforts to connect employers and students for mutual benefit.” 


The Kauffman Foundation seeks to build inclusive prosperity through a prepared workforce and entrepreneur-focused economic development. They work alongside communities to push for systemic changes that break down barriers based on race, gender, or geography so that all individuals have the opportunity to achieve economic stability, mobility, and prosperity.  


“This is the first year we’ve received funds from the Kauffman Foundation and we could not be more excited about this partnership.” Angela Consani, CEO of BSCI said. “This grant will help subsidize the costs of assessment for hundreds of high school students who need credentials to certify their skills as they transition from secondary to higher education or into workforce.”

Dr. Heather Seitz, BCSI’s COO, confirmed their gratitude for the grant, “BCSI is focused on bridging the gap between education and workforce. Helping students and trainees document their skills is the driving force behind our organization’s mission. Our vision is a future where students, trainees, and employees can accurately and reliably document the skills they acquire, regardless of where they acquired them. This grant not only provides monetary support, it brings our organization into a valuable partnership we see continuing for many years.”  


BCSI is hosting an Industry Open House and Testing Demonstration for industry, workforce, and education partners interested in learning more about the program on September 24 at Johnson County Community College.  Visit the events page at for more information.  


About the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation: 

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is a private, nonpartisan foundation based in Kansas City, Mo., that seeks to build inclusive prosperity through a prepared workforce and entrepreneur-focused economic development. The Foundation uses its $3 billion in assets to change conditions, address root causes, and break down systemic barriers so that all people – regardless of race, gender, or geography – have the opportunity to achieve economic stability, mobility, and prosperity. For more information, visit and connect with us at and


About Bioscience Core Skills Institute: 

Bioscience Core Skills Institute is a 501 (c)(3) organization founded in Kansas City that provides workforce skills assessment and digital micro-credentialing that is valid, reliable, and trusted by the bioscience industry. Working with educational and industry partners, BCSI provides assessment opportunities and documentation of skills. We know that micro-credentials help people showcase and share skills with future employers. Get in touch to learn more. 




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