Baltimore's BioTechnical Institute training program connects high school grads to high-growth careers. The Baltimore region is a national leader in biotechnology and medical research, which accounted for one-third of new jobs over the last decade. But these jobs are often out of reach for people with less than a college degree. The BioTechnical Institute of Maryland, based in Baltimore, prepares low-income, mostly African American high school graduates for competitive careers in leading labs in the region. More than 75 percent of its 425 graduates have gotten jobs in laboratory settings, and roughly 40 percent of graduates have gone on to pursue advanced degrees. The program also leads to wages that are 90 to 160 percent above the participants' pre-program wages. Read more.