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Event: InnovATEBIO webinar: To Reduce Variability/Increase Reproducibility: Beginning at the Beginning

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

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

Event: ATE Project Talks: Biotech education opportunities and Biotech & Engineering

Talk 1: BUENO: Biotechnology Unified Education Network of Opportunities Project Description : This project based at Texas Southmost College, a Hispanic-Serving Institution, is establishing the foundation for the first biotechnology education program in the Rio Grande Valley. The project includes developing curriculum and educational materials, professional development, and program development. Speaker : R. Deborah Overath, Texas Southmost College, Brownsville, TX Learn more about the BUENO: Biotechnology Unified Education Network of Opportunities Project ATE project Read more
Description : Bio Blend responded to biopharmaceutical manufacturing needs for a multiskilled workforce particularly for those entering process and maintenance technician positions.The project includes redeveloping four courses to merge components of both Applied Engineering (AE) and Bioprocess Technology (BT) Associates degrees for an initial smaller cohort of students. All cohort students received internship opportunities and industry-standard DeltaV training/certification in a simulated biopharmaceutical manufacturing environment as well as the potential to earn a BioWork certificate. Speakers : Melissa Robbins and Julie Griffin, Johnston Community College, Clayton, NC Learn more about the Integrating Biotechnology and Applied Engineering ATE project. Read more

Event: ATE Project Talks: HS DNA Sequencing and Protein Biomanufacturing

Description : This project focuses on developing a training program for protein biomanufacturing. As part of this program, students complete internships in a student-centered Contract Manufacturing Organization. Student interns will be producing Taq polymerase and providing it to the larger bioscience community. Speaker : Aron Kamajaya, PI, Los Angeles Pierce College, Los Angeles, CA Read more
The Dual Credit High School-Community College DNA Sequencing and Genomics Project is providing research-based, hands-on, and real-world workforce experience for two-year community college and dual credit high school and biotechnology students by providing access to industry-level DNA sequencing technology. Students are working on authentic student-led research on DNA barcoding mentored by industry and academic partners. Speakers : Joseph Oleniczak, PI & Kissaou Tchedre, PhD., M.B.A., co-PI, LASA High School and Austin Community College, Austin, TX Read more

Event: Ignite Your Students’ Passion for Biology with

We are living in the century of biology. Vaccines are winning the pandemic battle, the biotech industry is rapidly growing, and biotechnology, synthetic biology, and genomics are top priorities for government investment. Biology is the future, and the future is here. Your students may know that new biomedical technologies can treat once incurable diseases. But do they know that biotechnology products are being used in tennis shoes, fabric dyes, and food, and that biotechnology is beginning to play a major role in addressing climate change, pollution, and food security? Our data show that when students learn about the variety of ... Read more

Event: ATE Project Talks: Developing Training for Inclusive Lab Environments and Developing Genome Editing Coursework

Description : Our grant funding is supporting, with the input of our local area bioscience industry, the development of two genome editing courses to be implemented into our biotechnology program at St. Louis Community College Florissant Valley. These courses will provide advanced coursework in the technologies and procedures used in the genome editing laboratories locally, while providing a great overview and understanding of the editing of a genome, and the ethics and concepts involved. Students will learn the basic history and ideas behind each of the hands-on laboratory techniques they will actually do in the lab, guided by instructors well ... Read more
Description : Our CCSF-UCSF team developed training to promote more inclusive workplace practices for biotechnology community college students and mentor-managers working within an academic research setting. We are currently enhancing those trainings to promote similar practices within industry workplaces. Along with this adaptation, we’ll be disseminating those trainings nationwide to community college students and biotech-bioscience mentor-managers through online platforms to foster the knowledge and skills needed to encourage more inclusivity and dismantle systemic barriers for community college students in the biotech-bioscience workplace. Speakers : James Lewis & Karen Leung, City College of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA Read more

Event: ATE Project Talks: Science Attitudes and Career Goals and Work-Based Biotech for High School Students

Description : Our ATE grant in part researches influences on students’ career goals at a diverse, urban community college. Specifically, we look for links between career goals and demographic characteristics, science identity, self-efficacy, and intrinsic motivation. This research helps us to understand motivations of major choice and helps us to better design program marketing and course content to encourage groups underrepresented in science to pursue scientific fields. Speaker : Kristyn VanderWaal Mills (Co-Principal Investigator), Saint Paul College, St. Paul, Minnesota Read more
Description : This NSF funded project supports City College of San Francisco’s Biotechnology program to work with local high schools to spark the interest of high school students in biotechnology. The project includes hand-on activities in the form of field trips or classroom visits and work-based experiences that include paid internships. In addition, we will develop outreach and instructional videos to supplement the instructional material and strengthen the student learning experience. Speaker : Golnar Afshar PhD, Biotechnology Instructor, City College of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA Read more

Event: ATE Project Talks - Opening a New Door into Biotechnology Careers: Developing the Core Technology Workforce

Description : Did you know that universities and research institutions are major biotechnology employers? And, did you know that shared research resource facilities (core labs) support modern research in these institutions and need an advanced technical workforce with the kinds of skills we teach our students? Core labs enable efficient and widespread access to state-of-the-art technologies and scientific expertise that have accelerated research for over 40 years. These technologies include genomics, proteomics, bioinformatics, imaging, flow cytometry, and others to form the foundation of biotechnology research, development, and production. Many core lab directors and staff are members of the Association of ... Read more

Event: ATE Project Talks: Technician Training in CRISPR-based Gene Editing AND BIOTECH Pathways

The Technician Training in CRISPR-based Gene Editing project aims to bridge the gap in the rate of development and training of community college students to meet industry needs in the rapidly evolving field of gene editing. This NSF-funded ATE project brings cutting-edge techniques and tools developed by researchers at the Gene Editing Institute (GEI), ChristianaCare Health System, to students in the biotechnology program at Delaware Technical Community College (DTCC). To spread the impact, faculty professional development workshops have been conducted focusing on Community College faculty to assist in incorporation of CRISPR curricula to technician training programs across the country. Speaker ... Read more
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. ... Read more

Event: ATE Project Talks: Biotech Training at WISTAR and CUREs for Antibody Engineering

Since 2000 The Wistar Institute has operated the Biomedical Technician Training (BTT) Program to prepare students from the Community College of Philadelphia (CCP) for laboratory positions. Our NSF ATE Project, Expansion, Curriculum Evolution, and Enhancement during BioTechnician Training (ExCEEd BTT) has three primary goals: 1) include more students from new community college partners in the region, 2) develop a novel curriculum based on Wistar research that effectively engages underrepresented students, and 3) redesign the program as a one-summer pre-apprenticeship with internships in academic and industry labs. Speaker : Kristy Shuda McGuire, M.S., Ph.D., Dean of Biomedical Studies, The Wistar Institute, Philadelphia, PA Read more
Antibodies are arguably the most important class of proteins in biotechnology. These proteins are used in biological research, clinical diagnostic tests, therapeutic drugs, and laboratory services. Over 333 US employers in over 500 locations carry out research and / or manufacture products based on antibodies including rapid tests for COVID-19. The expanding use of antibodies as therapeutic drugs is spurring companies to hunt for antibodies with new specificities. At the same time, the challenges with antibody manufacturing and stability are encouraging companies to engineer these proteins to lower production costs. We are responding to the need for creating new antibodies ... Read more

Event: ATE Project Talks: An Industry-Recognized Credential and Biotech Careers

Description : Our mission is to anchor a unified credentialing system within the industry by expanding state-level adoption of the Biotechnician Assistant Credentialing Exam (BACE). This will provide a validated talent pool to benefit industry and provide job candidates a mechanism to showcase their mastery of competencies and skills in demand by industry. Our goals are to establish task forces, testing sites, and teacher training in California, Washington, Georgia, Texas, and Nebraska. Speakers : Tamara Mandell, Bridgette Kirkpatrick, and Philip Gibson Additional resources : Learn more about the Implementation of an Industry-Recognized Credentialing System for Biotechnicians ATE project Read about ... Read more
Description : Biotechnology employers offer well-paying, interesting jobs, that provide their employees with opportunities to make meaningful contributions to others lives and well-being. We built the website to show the world that students from biotechnology education programs at community and technical colleges are being hired and making contributions to this important and thriving part of the bioeconomy. contains career descriptions based on industry job titles, information about different sectors of the biotech industry, stories about our alumni, and a database of over 9000 employers, with links to their career pages, 805 of whom have hired our graduates, and ... Read more
The speakers answered questions and discussed credentialing and biotech education in general. Read more