Join NBC2, Bio-Link, and the National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce, and the AC2 Bio-Link Regional Center for the 13th annual Community College Program at BIO! The 2016 program will be held June 6, 2016, in San Francisco, California. The CCP brings together community college faculty, high school teachers, industry and organizations focused on biotechnology, biomanufacturing, regenerative medicine, biofuels/industrial biotechnology, and biomedical devices to learn from each other and to develop a network of educational programs to support industry needs for biotechnicians.
The CCP is organized by NBC2 at Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell, PA; Bio-Link at City College of San Francisco in San Francisco, CA; and the National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce is based at Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem, NC.
Registration is $175.00, payable by credit card or check. The registration fee includes a continental breakfast, buffet lunch, and refreshments throughout the day, as well as a complimentary pass for the Exhibit Hall at the BIO 2016 Convention.
Elaine Johnson, Bio-Link Executive Director and Principal Investigator, City College of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
BIO Jobs Report
Peter Pellerito, Senior Advisor, Federal/State Economic Development Policy and University Relations for the Biotechnology Innovation Organization
International Biotechnology Workforce Collaborations: What Was Learned or Will Be Shared, and How To Get Involved
Biotechnology is a global industry and as such it is important that US workforce programs connect with industry and their counterparts across the globe to learn about emerging trends both in the industry and in education. Dr. Fletcher will summarize some of the “best practice” examples that have occurred, and also provide direction in how you can get involved in some of these initiatives. The panelists will provide their own examples of how they got involved, what they learned from the experience, and what they shared with international partners. They will also provide information on how you can get involved.
Session Chair - Linnea Fletcher, Ph.D., Department Chair, Biotechnology at Austin Community College and Principal Investigator of Austin Community College Bio-Link Regional Advanced Technological Education Center for Biotechnology and Life Sciences
Community College Consortium for Bioscience Credentials (c3bc)
c3bc is made up of 12 community colleges, industry and workforce partners across the U.S. To date, c3bc has provided opportunities to over 3,000 participants, has developed unique relationships with employers, set new skills standards and novel ways of removing barriers for learning. This session discusses the wrap-up and future directions of this effort.
Session Chairs – Russ H. Read, Ph.D., c3bc Project Director at Forsyth Technical Community College and A. Stephen Dahms, Ph.D., c3bc National Advisory Council
Faces of Success – Graduates at Work
Faces of Success is an interactive session featuring successful industry professionals who recently gained employability skills at community and technical colleges. These successful 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.
Session Chair - Elaine Johnson, PhD, Bio-Link Executive Director
New and Innovative Industry-Partnered Biomanufacturing Programs Across the Nation
The biomanufacturing industry is developing rapidly and along many avenues as the modern biotechnology industry moves from research to bioproduct development and biomanufacturing. The biomanufacturing technician requires a core of bioscience skills that wrap around necessary hands-on skills in upstream and downstream processing and quality control. As modern bioproducts diversify from protein biopharmaceuticals to industrial enzyme proteins, biofuels, petroleum replacement (green) feedstocks, autologous human stem cell production and bioenergy development and storage, these new industries offer STEM training, opportunities for engaging in environmental sustainability and utilizing new production methods. The panel will describe courses and programs constructed to dovetail with needs of industry partners and to integrate into existing institutional STEM educational programs.
Session Chair – Sonia Wallman, PhD, National Biomanufacturing Lead, NBC2 and c3bc
Plans for CCP @BIO 2017, June 19-22, 2017 in San Diego, CA