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 an integrated sciences department at Hudson Valley Community College. He is the principal investigator of a DOL/ETA Workforce Development Grant focusing on biotechnology and biomanufacturing training.