Bioscience Laboratory Workforce Skills:
November 18, 2013
• Round 2, DOL TAACCCT Award to Forsyth Tech CC
– Community College Consortium for Bioscience Credentials
– 12 colleges, 3 centers
• Grant Strategies to assist TAACCCT workers
Improve and expand recruitment
Harmonize a set of bioscience core skills across 3 hubs
Accelerate completion time in credentialing programs
Build capacity for bioscience education
• Harmonize a set of Core Competencies across 3
– Medical Devices (new)
– Bioscience Laboratory
What are skill standards?
• Skill standards are performance specifications
that identify the knowledge, skills and abilities an
individual needs to succeed in the workplace.…….
• Skill standards provide measurable benchmarks
of skill and performance. They answer two
– What do workers need to know and be able to do to
succeed in the workplace?
– How do we know when students are performing
workplace skills well?’
Why skill standards?
• Assist educators in designing curriculum and
assist in partnerships with industry.
• Provide a common basis for granting
credentials, granting portability of skills across
geographic areas, companies and educational
• Providing a resource for students and entry level
workers to “know what they know”.
History of Published Bioscience Skill
• EDC (1994-1997)
• Agricultural Biotechnology Technician (1994)
• Washington State (2007 updated from 2000)
– R&D, Regulatory Affairs, Manufacturing
• NBC2 (2005 with later updates)
– Biomanufacturing, 10 job titles
• Bioscience Competency Model (Pyramid)
Why this effort to define core?
• Give educators the tools to focus and emphasize the
skills and knowledge needed by every technician
– Develop courses, certificates, modules, etc.
– Avoid programs developed for the wrong reasons that are
not aligned with industry
– Drive authentic assessments
• Define skills and knowledge for entry level positions
– Students know and can articulate what they know
– Industry recognizes what students know
• Possibly develop credential (certificate)
Draft of Common Core based on:
2007 Biotechnology and
Biomedical Skill Standards;
Model: U.S. Department of
DRAFT: Common Core Bioscience Laboratory
From “Skill Standards: A Primer”
• Graham Slee, the head of the voluntary National
Training Board (NTB) of Australia,visited the United
States in 1991 and gave several speeches and seminars
on the topic of developing a skills standards system.
Consistently, he said that the single most important
lesson to be learned from that Board’s work is the
importance of developing common language and the
attendant common levels of recognized knowledge and