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ST. LOUIS (AP) – A high-tech apprentice program envisioned as a career-boosting alternative to the four-year college degree is expanding to St. Louis.
 
New York-based Enstitute hopes to match 100 students with mentors from the local business community, with an emphasis on one- and two-year jobs in science, technology and digital media. The nonprofit says 90 percent of its New York participants either landed full-time jobs or started their own companies.
 
The company’s founders are pitching their project Wednesday to local business leaders, accompanied by a dozen venture capitalists in town for the Invest Midwest conference. Its boosters include Build-A-Bear founder Maxine Clark, who serves on Enstitute’s board of directors.
 
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Governor Nixon was on hand for the grand opening of a high-tech bioscience research company in the Central West End. Cofactor Genomics celebrated the opening of their $3.8 million dollar headquarters at the corner of Clayton and Sarah Streets. Jarret Glasscock is the CEO and founder, and he says the biotechnology industry is key to improving the St. Louis work force.

"We're hiring individuals and talent that is considering being on the west coast or the east coast and that's the talent we're competing for" said Nixon. "So as we continue to invest in this area and we gain that reputation, it becomes easier.  It's like a snowball effect, getting more talent here. So that's what we're hoping to have."

As part of the 10,000 squat foot expansion, Cofactor plans on hiring 24 new employees. 

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