Holyoke Community College held its ribbon cutting for its new Center for Life Sciences Wednesday.
The more than 4.5 million dollar facility features a suite of biotechnology labs and classrooms.
It will also be one of the few colleges or universities in western Massachusetts to have what’s known as a “clean room.”
“The clean room is a space where the air is filtered to very stringent standards,” said Jim Knapp, professor of micro-biology. “It’s clean of particular cell cultures and so on that you don’t want to be contaminated.”
The students will have access to the latest in technology as they pursue a variety of careers in biotechnology, genetics, biology and microbiology.