1. Diversity and Access in the Bridge Program:
2. Retention and Completion in the Bridge Program:
3. Successful Bridge students…
*Gateway refers to the pre-required science courses (Introductory Chemistry and Biolgy) for Biotech students.
B2B is an accelerated alternative to the flawed traditional basic skills sequence
Under-prepared students interested in biotech are often sent away and referred to basic skills courses that will teach them English and math skills required to succeed in the “gateway” courses – the science courses that are pre-requisites to all Biotech program certificates.
However, one of the unfortunate consequences of basic skills education at some community colleges is that they can unnecessarily delay the accrual of college credit by students. Acceleration studies have shown that if 100 students start two levels below transferable math or English, on average only 13 will persist and succeed through that transfer level math or English class (Hern, K. December 2011. Accelerated English at Chabot College: A Synthesis of Key Findings. Hayward CA. California Acceleration Project). Many students depart college before completing degrees or certificates, or even before completing their developmental sequences, which often have little in common with the subject they intend to study. This flawed traditional model is science only after basic skills.
The B2B program has a track record of high completion rates. On average between Spring 2006 and 2008, 82% of students who enrolled in the B2B completed the program, and 83% continued on to enroll in the College’s classes and programs, including Biotechnology certificate and degree programs and an AS degree in Biotechnology.
The Bridge to Biotech and the Bridge to Biotech’s Internship program are the first steps to the Biotechnology Laboratory Assistant Certificate, which feeds into several Biotechnology Certificate Programs and an AS Degree in Biotechnology at City College of San Francisco.
The B2B internship component or Bridge to Biotech’s Internship program is offered exclusively to B2B students and graduates. Like the B2B, it targets underprepared and economically disadvantaged adults who wish to work in the Biotechnology field while they pursue their education at City College of San Francisco.
The internship program seeks to:
• Match participants with internship positions in Bay Area academic, government and biotechnology research laboratories;
• Monitor intern performance and professionalism throughout the internship and support mentors with the internship training as needed;
• Provide personal and professional support to students to increase success rates;
• Help students grasp scientific and technical concepts during the internship, through in-class discussions and presentations;
• Provide students with networking opportunities, job search tools and assistance after the internship.
The program includes 2 courses during the Bridge semester, which are integrated with the Bridge curriculum, but are optional for Bridge students, and provide the basic laboratory skills used in bench-type internships, as well as the soft skills required to work efficiently in a laboratory environment and apply for positions in the field. The second semester includes a 180-hour lab assistant or lab technician-level internships in Bay Area laboratories.
Between 2007 and 2009, approximately 50 students graduated from the Bridge to Biotech’s Internship Program alone, 40% of which were hired in research laboratories within a year after their internship. Some of the first interns who were hired as Lab Assistants after their internships - students who had no college degree or science background –have recently been promoted to Team Leader or to Staff Research Associate positions.
The majority of students who did not get hired in the field after completion of the program were not actively looking for work but decided to continue their education in the Biotechnology certificates as full-time students.
To find out more about the Bridge to Biotech's Internship Program, visit the CCSF Bridge's Internship program page.