Coaching Students inCreating a ProfessionalDevelopment StrategyBio-Link Regional Development ConferenceSouthern California Biotechnology CenterJanuary 14, 2011Gloria Rodriguez Bañuelos, Ph.D.EdREAP
Overview Biotechnology Certification Program at San Diego City College Collaboration Biotech Essentials Course Lessons Learned If I were a community college professor who worked with students in a Biotechnology Program…
Biotechnology Program at San Diego City College Biology 206• Biotechnology • Certificate of Principles Performance in• STEM proficiency • Real-world Biotechnology• Laboratory Technical Application • Opportunities via Skills • Scientific Literacy networking in Biology • Workplace 206 Readiness Biology 109 Internship/Employment
Collaboration Support for students in Biology 109 Novice level of science background Recent high school graduates New to the college experience Balance home life, work, and education Limited access to technology and resources
Tier 1: Personal EffectivenessTier 2: Academic CompetencyTier 3: Workplace CompetencyTier 4: Industry-Wide Technical CompetencyTier 5: Industry Sector Technical CompetenciesTier 6: Occupation Specific KnowledgeTier 7: Occupation Specific Technical CompetenciesTier 8: Occupation Specific RequirementsTier 9: Management Competencies US Department of Labor, 2008
Biotech Essentials Personal Effectiveness ◦ interpersonal skills; integrity, professionalism, initiative, dependability & reliability, lifelong learning Academic Competency ◦ reading, writing, mathematics, science, communication (listening & speaking), critical & analytical thinking,& basic computer skills Career Readiness ◦ teamwork, planning & organizing, innovative thinking, problem solving & decision making, working with tools & technology, checking, examining, and recording, & business fundamentals.
Professional Identity Personality Testing for Teamwork ◦ Meyer’s Briggs Branding Statement for Résumé ◦ Integrates personal and professional Bragologue for Interview ◦ Story about professional challenges and growth Business Cards for Networking
Professionalism Electronic Email Etiquette Voicemail Telephone Conversations Attire and Presentation Résumé, Cover Letters, and Job Hunting Informational Interview Thank You Cards
Profession Mobility Self-Advocacy Scientific Seminars Taking risks Science trade-journals Engagement Professional Resourcefulness organizations World beyond the Student organizations classroom walls. at 4-year universities
Lessons Learned Variation in student participation and motivation. Providing resources is sometimes not enough. One-on-one sessions are a must. Asking students to explain actions or behavior provides information that can guide individual learning plan. Most successful students are those whose goals are in line with those of the program.
Student Collaboration: Internet andWeb-based Tools Facebook ◦ Student Driven Apps ◦ DropBox ◦ Google Docs ◦ Templates for Résumé Skype ◦ Mentorship
Leverage Community Resources Specific resources available on campus Public Library Scientific Organizations ◦ Biocom ◦ San Diego Career Centers Other Biotech Programs ◦ Community Colleges ◦ 4-year universities
Instructional Practices Limit the amount of time I speak in the classroom. What do I have to offer that students cannot get on the internet? Set-up a system by which students can provide feedback on a regular basis.
References Klaus, Peggy. (2008). The Hard Truth About Soft Skills—Workplace Lessons Smart People Wish They’d Learned Sooner. Collins. Klaus, Peggy (2003). BRAG! The Art of Tooting Your Own Horn Without Blowing It. Warner Business Books.
Funding Sources Senate Bill 70 San Diego Workforce Collaborative
Acknowledgements Roya Lahijani-SD City College Dave Singer-SD City College Jane Harrington-University of California San Diego, Eckmann Laboratory Karen Overklift-Biocom Nancy Taylor-San Diego Science Alliance Lavar Watkins-South Metro Career Centers Mike Greig-Pfizer Maryam Azad-Green Solutions Judi Heitz-Grossmont Unified School District Sandy Slivka-Southern California Biotechnology Center