The Exact Sciences Academy is a collaboration with the Urban League of Greater Madison that offers community members free job skills training through an accelerated course. Participants prepare to apply for entry-level positions at Exact Sciences through workshops on resumé writing, interviewing skills, Microsoft Office, time management, and more.
The goal of the program is to lay the foundation for rewarding careers at Exact Sciences and create more opportunities in the biosciences for people who are unemployed or underemployed. Minorities and women are significantly underrepresented in science and engineering jobs. A 2017 study by the National Science Foundation found that African-American women hold only 2 percent of such jobs, while African-American men hold just 3 percent of them.
Exact Sciences and the Urban League have come together because we understand the critical contribution diversity makes to an organization’s success. Our hope is to build a model for how businesses and nonprofits can work together to strengthen their community.
To date, over 65 people have participated in the program, and 85% of graduates have received employment offers from Exact Sciences. We look forward to welcoming many more to the team.