The B2B Learning Community is a Bio-Link project that strives to support community college Biotech and Bioscience programs that wish to increase retention, success, diversity and degree completion.
It takes a village...
Being a part of Bio-Link's B2B Learning Community will provide you with the support you need to design, develop and implement your Bridge program, courses or modules.
The Bi-Annual Synergy Conferences have allowed our team to envision ways of taking City College of San Francisco’s experience of running a Bridge program, with its unique set of conditions, and extracting the universal elements of the program to allow easier adaptation and customization to other colleges sharing similar goals of increasing retention, completion and persistence of underprepared students into biotechnology. This has resulted in the development of the Bridge Toolkit,a vailable to all our community members.
Our Bridge Learning Community, as of August 2012, includes a dozen Bio-Link colleges and universities located around the country in Utah, California, Missouri, Kentucky, Kansas, New York, Georgia, Texas and Porto Rico.
The community meets online every 6 weeks and in person once a year at Bio-Link's Summer Fellows Forum, and discusses topics relating to designing and implementing Bridge-like programs at their college, and shares resources.
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The following Needs Assessment Survey has been designed to assess your college's need for a Bridge program. To get in touch with our team and discuss the possibility of developing a Bridge program at your college, fill out the form below. .
Step 1: Identify Your Program Needs
Before joining our Learning Community, we ask you to complete a Needs Assessment Survey, to determine if this community is right for you. One of our Bio-Link team members will then follow-up with you to schedule a phone conversation. We now accept Learning Community members all year-round.
Step 2: Access to the B2B Curriculum and Program Toolkit
Once selected, the adopters have access to the course materials and lesson plans developed at the different colleges in our Learning Community. Right now, most of the materials cover the three core Bridge classes: math, science and language, but as colleges feel more comfortable with their curriculum, we plan to incorporate their materials to our website.
Since simple possession of the B2B curriculum has not always yielded successful adoptation or program development, adopters also have access to the "BridgeToolkit". This toolkit was created to emphasize important program practices not outlined in the curriculum. The Toolkit describes and illustrates the essential elements of the program, such as contextualized learning, faculty teams, learning communities, and student cohorts.
Step 3: Meet Bio-Link's B2B Community and Find Out about Promising Practices
Each year, during the second week of June, the Bridge team (faculty and program staff) from each adopting college is invited to participate in an intensive seminar at Bio-Link’s Summer Fellows Forum in Berkeley, CA.
Past seminars have included:
Step 4: Build Your Network Capacity
Bridge adopters begin working with each other, using online tools, webinars and conference calls to exchange best practices and challenges among members of the Bridge adopters network.
Throughout this process, the Bio-Link team collects information on best practices and challenges faced so we can integrate the lessons learned back into Bio-Link’s scale-up process.
Currently, our goal is to strengthen Bio-Link’s Bridge Learning Community, and to continue to create a community of practice where experienced Bridge adopters provide advice to new adopters, discuss challenges and best practices, and document their experience using online collaborative tools.
If you are interested in starting a Bridge to Biotech program, please see our Needs Assessment Survey.
If you are a student and want to learn about the Bridge to Biotechnology, visit the student website.
Please take a couple of minutes to provide feedback on the SFF B2B Pre-Conference.