ATE Project Talks: Broadening Ag Science biotech and developing a biomanufacturing workforce


Fri, Apr 15 2022
Agriculture begins with soil
Ag Biotech students at Future Farmers of America
Photo credit: Ying-Tsu Loh

Welcome to the InnovATE BIO 2022 series of virtual ATE project talks. This series features leaders in biotechnology workforce education from across the US sharing their work on exciting projects funded by the National Science Foundation's Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program. The ATE program supports the education of technicians for the high-technology fields that drive our nation's economy.

In the talk this week, we will learn about one project focused around agricultural ... Read more

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The goals of the project are to: Build a competent, customized workforce of under-represented students in South Texas for local and regional employment; Improve scientific literacy through course-based research activities; Incorporate NCTM instructional online technology into existing and planned certificate courses; and To provide professional development for high school and college educators. Speakers : Daiyuan Zhang PhD and J. Robert Hatherill PhD (Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, TX) Read more


Description : The project is designed to increase the participation of individuals from Hispanic communities in plant/agricultural biotechnology. To do so, the project team will develop stackable credentials that prepare students to enter the region’s plant/agricultural biotechnology workforce and can lead to a new associates degree in plant/agriculture biotechnology. This degree program will be designed in collaboration with local industry partners and stakeholders in K- 14 education. Local high school teachers will also receive training in biotechnology skills aligned with the new curriculum, thus creating a pathway from high school into plant/agricultural biotechnology. The project is based at Allan Hancock ... Read more