ATE Project Talks: Flow Cytometry, Cell Therapy, and CGT Credentials
Event Date(s): Friday, March 31, 2023 - 01:00pm to 02:00pm EDT
Welcome to the InnovATEBIO 2023 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.
Our speakers this week are both from community colleges in Maryland. They will talk about their experiences with incorporating flow cytometry, cell therapy into the curriculum and developing a new certificate in Cell and Gene therapy. Maryland has at least 27 companies involved in cell and gene therapy, making this an important topic for biotech programs to address.
Each talk will be 20 minutes, followed by 15 minutes for questions and discussion.
Talk 1: Building a Cell therapy and Flow cytometry workforce
Description: Frederick Community College (FCC) has incorporated a new industry-validated and affordable Cell therapy and Flow cytometry course into the biotechnology program. This will enable FCC to offer specialized training in the in-demand field of cell therapy and will give FCC students a strong advantage in the regional job market. Because flow cytometry will be included in the various program pathways – including certificate, letter of recognition, non-credit and apprenticeship options – this new curriculum will contribute far more broadly to workforce development than if it were offered only to traditional degree-seeking students.
Speakers: Savita Prabhakar, PhD, PI Frederick Community College