Austin news highlights partnership between Austin Community College and the TLCC Biotech Incubator

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Both the Austin Business Journal and the Round Rock leader wrote about an exciting new partnership between the biotechnology program at Austin Community College and the Texas Life-Science Collaboration Center, a biotech incubator, located near the ACC Round Rock campus.  

This partnership is important for both parties.  ACC students will be able to do internships with TCLL companies such as Cleanint, Intralink- Spine, Microbinc, Molecular Templates, Quantum Logic Devices, Radix BioSolutions and Viral Genetics.  The companies have access to students who are educated in industry needs.

As Russ Peterman, Executive Director of TLCC, said (1) 

for every biotechnology employee with a doctorate there needs to be five technicians to support the work that can be done.

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"This is a win-win situation for ACC and the TLCC," Fletcher said. "These start-up companies need hands and my students are looking for a place to practice what they've learned. Companies can save money by not having to pay students and students have taken all the coursework and are already trained by the time they become interns."

Students can enroll in a two-year associate's degree program or a one-year post baccalaureate program for students who have already earned a bachelor's degree. Fletcher said about 70 to 80 percent of her student body already has a bachelor's degree in life science or chemistry.

 

Of further benefit is the opportunity for ACC to employ part time instructors from the incubator, ensuring that students learn first hand about industry requirements.

Overall, the partnership is a great example of a way for community colleges and the biotech community to work together and create opportunity for all.

 

References:  

1.  Lauri Zachry, "Austin Community College to work with biotechnology incubator"  March 25, 2011, Round Rock Leader.

2.  Sandra Zaragoza, "Austin education leaders collaborate on biotech program" March 2nd, 2011, Austin Business Journal.

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