US DOL Biotech Workforce Training Program in Ohio

Presenter:  Bill Tacon, Workforce and Education,  BioOhio, Ohio

The Ohio Bioworkforce Training Partnership, through funding and support from the U.S. Department of Labor, helps unemployed, underemployed, temporary and part time workers gain the skills for family-sustaining employment. Guided by BioOhio (Ohio’s bioscience industry organization), six community college partners in Northeast, Northwest, Central and Southwest Ohio have worked closely with area bioscience employers to create targeted training that meets the needs of their emerging workforce.

The Ohio Bioworkforce Training Partnership has also created an information-rich site for exploring Ohio Bioscience careers: http://bioohioworkforce.org/

These programs include non-degree courses and certificates in: General bioscience lab skills; Biomedical Training to prepare workers for maintenance and repair of medical equipment; Pharmaceutical manufacturing; Medical Device and equipment manufacturing and 2-year degree programs in: Biotechnology/Biotechnology Science, suitable for starting employment as a research technician. The objective is to train 660 displaced or underemployed workers over three years. In addition 40 incumbent workers will receive more advanced training to move into higher level jobs.

Bill Tacon, Ph.D., as Senior Director of Workfoce and Education, leads BioOhio’s statewide strategy to build a world-class bioscience workforce infrastructure aligned with industry needs. With 30 plus years of experience in the development and commercialization of biotechnology-based products in the biopharmaceutical and agricultural biotechnology arenas, Tacon helps shape BioOhio and Ohio's biosciences future. Tacon came to BioOhio from Battelle, where he spent 12 years shaping their biotechnology focus and business, including as a key member of Battelle's Healthcare Products business sector. Prior to Battelle, Bill was Director of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics at Mycogen (now part of Dow Agrosciences) Corporation, San Diego, for two years. He earned a M.S. degree in Oceanography from the University of Southampton, England, and a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of Sussex, England.

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