Community College Program at BIO2011 Presentations

These presentations are from the Community College Program at BIO2011.  

We wish to thank Nicholas Meacham from the National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce for assistance.

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Arizona High School Biotechnology Programs Embrace 21st Century Skills with a Historical Twist

PresenterXan Simonson, Mesa Public Schools, Mesa, AZ

Hear how the NBC2 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.

Mesa Community College
BayBio Institute

Presenter:  Lori Lindburg talks about the BayBio Institute and their partnership with the K12 education and community colleges


Biofuels at MiraCosta College, Oceanside, CA

PresenterSonia 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.

MiraCosta College
Biotechnology & Biomanufacturing—Redefining the Workforce

PresenterPeter 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.

Faces of Success: Our Graduates on Their Careers


  • 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.
Opportunities for Funding for Community College STEM-Rich Biotechnology/Biomanufacturing Programs

Presenter:  Dr. V. Celeste Carter, Division of Undergraduate Education, National Science Foundation.

Preparing Students for New Opportunities in Stem Cell Technologies

Presenter:  Lisa Seidman, Madison Area Technical College, Madison, WI

Regenerative medicine is one of the rapidly growing areas in biotechnology. Madison Area Technical College has initiated a certificate program to educate students in the use of stem cells for research, clinical, and drug development applications. Students obtain extensive hands-on training in handling and characterizing stem cells. They learn about the science and ethics of stem cell use. The program also emphasizes the business and regulatory considerations relating to these cells to prepare students for employment in stem cell-based companies.

Madison Area Technical College
Regenerative Medicine "Today & Tomorrow"

Presenter:  John Ludlow, PhD, Senior Director Process Research & Assay Development, Tengion, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

STUDENTfacturED – Year 1

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.

Salt Lake Community College
The Application of NAM Endorsed Credentials in the Biotechnology Workforce Training Space

Presenter:  Russ H. Read, National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce

Russ H. Read will provide an overview of The Manufacturing Institute’s agreement with the National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce and its implications for the biotechnology workforce. The National Association of Manufacturer’s Manufacturing Institute and the National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce have teamed up to study the application of NAM industry endorsed credentials in the biotechnology workforce space. For more information on the NCBW- see

Forsyth Technical Community College
The Institute for Food Safety Biotechnology Program: a unique partnership between industry and community college

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.

Florida State College at Jacksonville
The New Bio-Link

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.

Bio-Link National Center
The Technical Skills Attainment Portfolio: an End-of-Program Assessment for Biotechnology Grads

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.

St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley
US DOL Biotech Workforce Training Program in Ohio

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.

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