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 two speakers this week will talk about their experiences with project based learning and improving internships.
Each talk will be 20 minutes, followed by 15 minutes for questions and discussion.
Talk 1:Cultivating Inclusion, Engagement and Employment by Project Based Learning in Biotechnology
Description: Project Based Learning as a pedagogy is a great vehicle for meaningful inclusion because each of its project design elements and teaching practices are geared towards creating the inclusive, engaging and dynamic learning environment in Biotechnology class. This bridges the gap to self efficacy by working as a team - an important crossroad to employment.
Speakers: Dr. Chander Arora, Los Angeles Mission College, Los Angeles, CA
Talk 2:Improving the Biotechnology Internship Experience To Better Prepare Student Technicians for the Modern Workforce
Description: This presentation will discuss how we have increased the number and variety of internship opportunities for Valencia College's Biotechnology students. In addition, we will discuss the steps taken to better prepare students to enter the workforce by improving students' biotechnology knowledge and essential workforce skills.
Speaker: Susan Ingersoll PhD (PI), Valencia College, Valencia, FL