Harford Community College’s “Building Interest and Opportunities Through Engagement and Collaborative Pathways” (BIOTECH Pathways) program creates paths for high school students to progress through Harford Community College (HCC) to a biotechnology career or further study at a four-year institution. Supported by an NSF ATE grant, HCC has developed an A.A.S. in Biotechnology and a revised Biotechnology Certificate to align with industry skills, knowledge, and competencies. Furthermore, HCC aims to increase the number of students, including those historically underrepresented in STEM, who enroll in and complete the biotechnology programs through outreach workshops and summer programs for high school students and parents. In addition, through coursework and internships with industry partners, HCC will ensure that every biotechnology graduate possesses the professional, field-specific, and career-readiness skills to succeed in biotechnology employment.
Speaker: Jackie Madden, Associate Professor of Biology and Biotechnology, Harford Community College, Bel Air, MD