STUDENTfacturED is a real manufacturing-based company run by students that will manufacture instructional biotechnology reagents and supplies to sell to college and local high school instructors. STUDENTfacturED is being developed and implemented through collaboration between Biomanufacturing Program/Biotechnology Department and the School of Business at SLCC. Biomanufacturing Program staff and faculty provides the necessary technical expertise to establish a ‘regulated’ manufacturing environment (i.e. scientific/technical methods and good manufacturing practices), and School of Business staff and faculty provides the necessary business expertise to establish the required business-related functions such as accounting, business management, legal concerns, and marketing/market research. Both staff and student participants should benefit from this unique biotechnology/business learning community. Students will be encouraged to learn about functions (technical vs. business) that are not related to their declared major.
To exploit benefits gained through project-based learning, STUDENTfacturED provides a mentored and supportive yet real-world working and learning manufacturing environment in which students can practice concepts and skills acquired through accompanying coursework. Such a training strategy is especially important to the successful and effective learning of quality systems and FDA regulations as they relate to the biotech manufacturing industry. While internships could provide this same learning opportunity, they are not readily available because of the highly regulated nature of the biotech manufacturing work environment. The goal of STUDENTfacturED is to prepare students, using contextual and practical training, for entry- and mid- level jobs in the biotech manufacturing industry.