Bioeconomy Distinguished Lecture Series - Scoping and Educating the Dynamic Biotech Workforce
Event Date(s): Thursday, May 13, 2021 - 11:00am to 01:00pm EDT
NSF Bioeconomy Distinguished Lecture Series
Panel Presentation: Linnea Fletcher, PhD (Austin Community College); Thomas Tubon, PhD (Madison Area Technical College); Russ Read (Forsyth Tech Community College)
Scoping and Educating the Dynamic Biotech Workforce
Advancing the U.S. bioeconomy will require a growing biotechnology workforce that is well educated and diverse. Located at Austin Community College in Texas and partnering with institutions of higher education, high schools, industry, and non-profits throughout the country, the InnovATEBIO National Biotechnology Education Center, an NSF-funded Advanced Technological Education Center, works with the biotech community to scope out workforce needs and address them by educating highly skilled technicians. InnovATEBIO supports a cadre of well-trained instructors and is helping to increase the number and quality of biotechnology education programs, as well as introducing a wide range of underrepresented students to biotechnology.
In this lecture, InnovATEBIO’s Principal Investigators Dr. Linnea Fletcher, Russ Read, and Dr. Thomas Tubon, will discuss their work to lead the biotechnology community to evaluate and meet workforce needs across biomanufacturing and biotech and how preparing the workforce can also increase economic development. They will also highlight unique partnerships they have established through their efforts in workforce development, including partnerships with Manufacturing USA and other federal agencies. The panel will also describe their efforts to broaden participation in the biotechnology workforce including participation in the NSF-funded Center for Advancing Research Impact in Society (ARIS) and working with industry partners to develop skills standards, improve onshore manufacturing, and increase supply chain security.