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Florida Biotech Day

Presenters: Dr. Linnea Fletcher, Director AC2 Bio-Link Regional Center; Dr. Tamara C Mandell, Associate Director, Education and Training University of Florida CERHB; Russ H Read, CPP(LERN) Executive Director, National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce The Community College Consortium for Bioscience Credentials (c3bc) has identified the need for credentialing both at the state level and in industry. This presentation explores: Learning Outcomes — Specifics relating to the administration of the Biotechnician Assistant Credentialing Exam — Discuss secondary-to-post secondary program content and skills in the context of the exam and the c3bc core competencies — Learn strategies for developing laddered credentialing — ... Read more
Evolution of the Florida College System 4 year Degree
Presenter: Heather Belmont, Indian River State College Indian River State College (IRSC) is one of 28 community and state colleges in Florida. It has a comprehensive offering of over 130 programs leading to Technical Certificates, Applied Technology Diplomas, Associate and, since 2008, twenty 4-year Bachelor's Programs. It has both IRSC Sponsored Research and Industry Sponsored Research. Read more
Bluegrass CTC CSO
Presenter: Abbe Kesterson, Bluegrass Community and Technical College Bluegrass Community and Technical College has a brand new (2018) incubator space with capacity for 12 students per semester. It takes its place as part of the CSO-Incubator Network, cincNet.org and is aptly named B-Cell , Bioscience Collaborative Educational Learning Laboratory. Read more
ACC CSO presentation 2018
Presenter: Dr. Linnea Fletcher, PhD, Director, AC2 Bio-Link Regional Center Austin Community College's next Generation Incubator is a cutting edge program with talent, lab space and equipment. Take a look at what their partnership with business is achieving today! Read more

ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators

This session described a three-part strategy for identifying which kinds of knowledge and skills that you might need to learn and how you might going about learning these. We discussed online tools like Biotech-Careers.org , Bio-Link related resources such as Making the Call - an interactive movie that can help with learning about biomanufacturing, and the NSF Grant database to identify business activities and companies in your area. Knowing more about the business areas of your local companies and research institutions will help you provide better advice to your students and provide focus when looking for professional development. We also ... Read more

2018 Bio-Link Summer Fellows Forum

Soil Microbiome Project at CCC: On Campus Internship, Authentic Service to Community Customer, Recruiting STEM Students Workshop Presenter: Katie Krolikowski In response to analysis of labor needs for the high concentration of R&D firms in the region, the biotechnology program at Contra Costa College in San Pablo, CA has been increasing its focus on making its training attractive to STEM students intending to transfer to 4-year institutions, while continuing to serve certificate- and associates degree populations. Learn how we have contextualized our ’standard’ training curriculum to a research project that surveys the changes in the microbiome in the soil of ... Read more
Presenters: Mary Slowinski and Abbe Kesterson AC2 Regional Bio-Link is building Communities of Practice for bioscience education, and at last year's Summer Fellows Forum the team recognized an increasing community interest in CSOs & incubators. The CoP leadership team decided to focus on CSO network building and the result is cincNet.org, a website built with two overarching recommendations in mind: to form a Bioscience CSO/incubator network and to develop a comprehensive CSO/incubator toolkit. The intentions of the website are: Facilitate a distributed leadership, expertise (classic CoP) Collaboration network grant Development of nodes Contributors are welcome, please visit the website and ... Read more
Presenters : Sandra Porter, PhD, Digital World Biology, Bio-Link National Center, Austin Community College, Shoreline Community College and Todd Smith, PhD, Digital World Biology The wide application of DNA sequencing has made it possible to identify numerous missense mutations. Unfortunately, the act of translating the potential impact of these mutations to practical advice requires either an in-depth understanding of biochemistry and molecular interactions or access to a knowledgebase containing this kind of information. If we can teach students how to predict the effects of mutations, we could have students participate in annotating molecular structures and build that knowledgebase for clinicians, ... Read more
Presenters : Mary Slowinski (AC2 Bio-Link) and Abbe Kesterson (Bluegrass Community and Technical College, AC2 Bio-Link) Getting buy-in on your ideas and proposals from your department and college administrators can be daunting and often the first hurdle to clear when you are ready to embrace a new project or plan. Join us for this interactive session to review the basics of pitching ideas, practice your pitching skills in small groups, and take away insights on how to approach and successfully sell your ideas to your administration. Read more
Presenters : Lisa Seidman, (Bio-Link Leadership Team, Madison College), Jennifer Lazare, (Anderson High School, Austin Community College, AC2 Bio-Link), Bridgette Kirkpatrick (Collin College) Employers, instructors of technical subjects, and mathematics educators who participated in a three-day conference on January 12-15, 2018, focused on how mathematics education might better reflect the concepts and skills that are needed for success in the workplace. Making math instruction relevant can change math from a barrier that keeps students out of STEM to a pathway for success. Read more

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