Published: Jun 18, 2010 12:30 AM EDT
Updated: Jun 17, 2010 9:37 PM EDT

NAPLES, Fla - The Collier County Public School Board approved a MOU presented by The Jackson Laboratory today outlining future educational programs between the laboratory and public schools.

The Memorandum of Understanding establishes the parameters for a successful partnership between Collier County Public Schools and the Laboratory. It is the intent of the school system to coordinate its educational offerings in the fields of science, technology, engineering and Math (STEM) for students, teachers and the community at large.

The signed memorandum allows Collier County Public Schools to actively work to establish linkages between the laboratory and all levels of pre K-12 education. Collaborative programs would include teacher internships and externships, student internships, science projects, field trips and summer programs.

The Jackson Laboratory, a non-profit institution, is one of the world's premier genetics research facilities as well as a provider of genetic resources and services to the global biomedical research community.  With locations in Maine and California, it currently employs approximately 1400 people.  Jackson Laboratory scientists have conducted pioneering research in areas such as organ and bone marrow transplants, Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer's disease and glaucoma.  Research at the Laboratory and resources they provide have contributed to 22 Nobel Prizes to date.