You are here

Community College Day at BIO 2011

Presenter : Xan Simonson , Mesa Public Schools, Mesa, AZ Hear how the NBC 2 summer institute inspired the development of teaching agricultural biotechnology, medicine, marketing and production of a real product for the community. Mesa Public Schools' Advanced Biotechnology students learn about local desert medicinal plants, how to collect them, how to harvest the medicinal constituents from them, develop formula, make and produce a medicinal balm/salve to sell. Arizona high school biotechnology programs have grown exponentially since the inception of the Mesa Public Schools Biotechnology Academy in 2005. In partnership with the local community colleges, ... Read more
Presenter : Sonia Wallman , Executive Director of the NBC2 MiraCosta College is developing a certificate program related to biofuels that has been funded by grants from the NSF and the State of California. Working through the EDGE Initiative (Educating and Developing Workers for the Green Economy), MiraCosta will provide education and training in the growing biofuels industry to unemployed and incumbent workers within San Diego and the Imperial Valley. The Biomass Production Certificate will provide a foundation in the technologies employed by biotechnology companies engaged in the production of microalgal biomass for biofuels and other applications for ... Read more
Presenter : Peter A. Schaefer , Hudson Valley Community College, Troy, NY Through an ARRA stimulus grant, a partnership was established among regional stakeholders to participate in a training program for entry-level and advanced laboratory technicians in the fields of biotechnology and biomanufacturing. Unemployed worker retraining and public school career pathway development are a major focus of sustaining this effort. Participants have hands-on experience with equipment they will use in the workplace, thus minimizing the time for on-the-job training. Peter A. Schaefer, Ph.D ., has 20 years experience in biomedical research and is currently chair of ... Read more
Presenter : Dr. Vivian Ngan-Winward , Salt Lake City Community College, Salt Lake City, UT STUDENTfacturED (a NSF ATE-funded project) is currently being developed at SLCC to provide a contextualized practical experience to reinforce student learning in the Biomanufacturing Program. STUDENTfacturED will be a student-run contract manufacturing organization that makes products for instructional use in our college and local high school biotechnology classes - products that are Made by Students, For Students. After earning her Ph.D., Dr. Vivian Ngan-Winward spent 9 years in academic research prior to entering the biotech industry. Her 7+ years of industry ... Read more
Presenter : R. Kevin Pegg , Institute for Food Safety, Florida State College at Jacksonville, FL Florida State College at Jacksonville's Institute for Food Safety fills shortfalls in food testing technicians. The Phase 1 IFS is a partnership between FSCJ and Eurofins, an international analytical company. A. S. biotech students train in shared spaces with industry personnel, a concept that puts students in an industrial setting from the first day of class. R. Kevin Pegg, Ph.D. is lead faculty for the Biotechnology A.S. degree program at Florida State College and heads the Institute for ... Read more
Presenter : Lori Lindburg talks about the BayBio Institute and their partnership with the K12 education and community colleges. Read more
Moderators: Elaine Johnson, Bio-Link Director Jo-Anne Hongo, Scientific Manager, Genentech This interactive session, back by popular demand, features a lively panel of successful industry professionals who gained employability skills at community and technical colleges. Individuals share their pathways to rewarding careers in high-skill, high-wage positions in the biotechnology industry thanks to the access and affordability of targeted programs at community and technical colleges. Active audience participation is encouraged. Topics and Speakers : Shannon Lewis, Research Assistant, Sapphire Energy, San Diego, CA I am currently working at Sapphire Energy, a ... Read more
Presenter: Elaine Johnson , Executive Director, Bio-Link The Bio-Link Next Generation National Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Center for Biotechnology and Life Sciences receives major funding from the National Science Foundation. The Bio-Link National Center, based at City College of San Francisco, works with community and technical colleges across the nation to 1) increase the number and diversity of well-trained technicians in the workforce; 2) meet the growing needs of industry for appropriately trained technicians; and 3) institutionalize community college educational practices that make high-quality education and training in the concepts, tools, skills, processes, regulatory structure, and ... Read more
Presenter: Eilene Lyons , Program Coordinator & Acting Dean, Biotechnology Program, St. Louis Community College Florrisant Valley Lyons describes an end-of-program assessment that includes a portfolio to document the attainment of technical skills. The TSA (Technical Skills Attainment) measure is aligned with industry standards and is validated by a third party. Read more
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 ... Read more

Pages