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Presentation from the I-35 Life Sciences Consortium Conference Feb. 22nd, 2011

Presentation from the I-35 Life Sciences Consortium Conference Feb. 22nd, 2011

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  • 1. Building a World Class Workforce Linnea Fletcher Ph.D. Co PI Bio-Link, Biotechnology ATE Center of Excellence
  • 2. Talking Points
    • Historical Review of the Bio-Link Center Grant in Biotechnology
    • Focus on Curricula Sharing Via the Bio-Link Network with Industry Support
    • The Network in Texas
    • Changes at Austin Community College Biotechnology and Opportunities for Curricula Sharing
  • 3. Bio-Link
    • Since the first NSF award, Bio-Link has been funded 12.5 M.
      • Started as a Center of Excellence
      • Morphed into a National Resource Center
      • Last year, refunded as the “Next Generation ATE Center for Biotechnology and Life Sciences ”
  • 4. Bio-Link Mission
    • Increase the number and diversity of well-trained technicians in the workforce
    • Meet the growing needs of industry for appropriately trained technicians
    • Institutionalize educational practices that make high quality education and training in the concepts, tools, skills, processes, regulatory structure, and ethics of biotechnology available to all students
  • 5. Bio-Link, As Originally Funded, Divided Into Regions
  • 6. Next Generation Bio-Link
  • 7.
    • Goals
    • The new National Center of Excellence is:
    • )Strengthening and expanding biotechnology education programs across the nation
    • )Enabling biotechnology faculty, students, and technicians to work more efficiently
    • )Supporting a smooth transition of students to the technical workforce in the biosciences and related industries
  • 8. Bio-Link Sign Up for the Listserve, and Facebook (also to receive Tweets!)
  • 9. The Clearinghouse
  • 10. Through Bio-Link….
    • National and Regional approach
    • Strong partners
    • Variety of connections
    • Industry Supported
    • Interdisciplinary
    • Social Networking Tools for students, employees, and partners
  • 11. Processes for Accomplishing Goals
    • Expand regional approach
    • Pursue active partners
    • Utilize new communication tools
    • Courses in a box
      • Biotechnology Basics (based on Lisa Seidman’s book)
      • Lifetime Career Mapping
    • Faculty internships
    • Online courses
    • Technician’s Association
    • Web-based interactive community
  • 12. Don’t Forget this is a Partnership with Industry
    • Developed curricula and courses approved by industry
      • Advisory Boards
      • Industry Teaches in the Programs
      • Industry Projects are Done in Programs
      • Student Internships and Faculty Externships
      • Incubators at Community Colleges
      • Specific Example: Targacept HR developed career ladder for technicians-partner with community college to do the training for the ladder
  • 13. Texas Biotechnology Network Amarillo College Austin CC Collin County CC Del Mar College El Centro College Houston CC Lone Star College St Phillips College Temple College
  • 14. Austin Community College Biotechnology Program
  • 15. Our Program Has Expanded Eastview campus Round Rock campus 2-3 times larger
  • 16.
    • Offer both a 1 year post baccalaureate and a 2 year AAS
    • The high school program has expanded, over 1000 students
    • Statewide high school teacher training in biotechnology through a TEA grant
    • Subaward on a TUES grant to put STEM cell technology in area high schools
    • Part of the National Bridge to Biotechnology Program
    • Internship Program expanding, includes company projects in the school laboratory
  • 17. Contacts
    • Steve Spurlock
    • [email_address]
    • 512-223-5915
    • Linnea Fletcher Ph.D.
    • [email_address]
    • Patricia Phelps Ph.D.
    • [email_address]
    • Shelley O Grady
    • [email_address]