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What is a Bio-Link program?
A Bio-Link program is an educational program that is committed to the following Bio-Link goals:
- Increase the number and diversity of well-educated technicians in the biotechnology and bioscience work force.
- Partner with industry and academia to ensure that technicians have the appropriate education for the bioscience workforce.
- Encourage sustainable community college educational practices that provide high quality education and training in the concepts, tools, skills, processes, regulatory structure, and ethics of biotechnology.
- Demonstrate a commitment to ongoing program evaluation and alignment with the needs of students and industry.
Characteristics of Bio-Link programs
- Are based at two-year colleges or four year colleges that offer a 1-2 year degree or certificate in biotechnology or bioscience related areas.
- Include many hours of hands-on laboratory experience
- Are committed to preparing students to enter the biotechnology or life-science workforce.
- Have an advisory board that includes members of local industry and academia and meets at least once a year.
- Have established outcomes for student learning.
- Often include an internship experience for students.
- Provide on-going professional development for program faculty.
To be considered a Bio-Link program, a program must:
Participate in the Bio-Link community
Bio-Link programs are expected to participate in the community by:
Communicating with others through one or more of the following methods:
- the Bio-Link list-serve,
- the Bio-Link Facebook group,
- the Bio-Link LinkedIn group,
- or follow @bio_link on Twitter
- Participating in the Bio-Link survey
- Responding to requests for information
- Crediting Bio-Link for support where possible
Contribute to the Bio-Link community:
Bio-Link programs are expected to contribute to the community through one or more of the following mechanisms:
- Contribute to Curriculum clearinghouse
- Contribute career scenarios to the Bio-Link web site
- Update and add information to your program section on the Bio-Link web site
- Host and / or participate in a Bio-Link regional workshop
- Participate in or send representatives to the annual Bio-Link summer fellows forum
- Write a blog post for the Bio-Link web site
- Your choice – we know you're a creative group!
What are benefits of being part of the Bio-Link community?
By joining the Bio-Link community and participating as a Bio-Link program, you will have:
- A way to share what you know and learn from others
- National recognition for your program
- An area on the Bio-Link site for your program with a map that links to nearby employers
- Assistance and instruction in editing and updating your program area
- The ability to post events on the Bio-Link site
- Help with building awareness for your program among local employers
- Priority access for conference registrations
- Eligibility for mini-grants to support program activities
- Assistance in finding help for running your program
- The ability to advertise for faculty positions on the Bio-Link web site
- A blog where you can write about your program
Your program can join the Bio-Link community by completing the Bio-Link Program information form. Once we have your information, we will set up a page for your program and help you get started.