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Biological Technologies Initiative Mary Pat Huxley - Director. California Community College Biotechnology Initiative. Forsyth Community College Winston-Salem, North Carolina 23 June 2005 Mary Pat Huxley . For perspective, some relevant facts about California.

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california community college biotechnology initiative

Biological Technologies Initiative

Mary Pat Huxley - Director

California Community College Biotechnology Initiative

Forsyth Community College

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

23 June 2005

Mary Pat Huxley

for perspective some relevant facts about california
For perspective, some relevant facts about California
  • About 33 million people live in California in several ethnic groups, none that are a majority
  • About 2.9 million people attend community college either part-time or full-time. Compressing these attendees into full-time equivalent students yields a count of 1.5 million full-time equivalent (FTE) students. (Note that 2.9 million people equals or exceeds the population of 19 different states in the U.S., according to 2000 census data.)
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“Higher Education and access for all eligible students is a key cornerstone of our economic competitiveness.”

Stephen Levy, Center for the Continuing Study

of the California Economy

access to higher education
Access to Higher Education
  • Three state-funded institutions of higher education in California:
    • 10 Universities of California (research predominant)
    • 23 California State Universities (teaching and teacher training focused, less research) and
    • 110 CCCs and their satellite campuses. (7% of U.S. Community Colleges)
  • Almost every Californian can commute to a nearby community college or one of its satellite campuses.
  • Higher education is accessible
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Some relevant facts about biotech industry in California

  • 50% of US Biotech companies, revenues, and employees
  • employee numbers vary, depending*
  • New employees* per year in biotech ~10,000

*See the White Paper

california has nine regional economies
California Has Nine Regional Economies

~200 m

~ 900 miles

155,959 sq mi

From - www.labor.ca.gov

florida

North Carolina

Florida

~500 miles

  • 53,821 sq miles (5,103 sq mi of water)
  • Population 8,049,313 people

~185 miles

the ccc biotech initiative
The CCC Biotech Initiative
  • Integral part of the Economic and Workforce Development Program, which is how the CCCs fulfill one of three legally mandated missions (transfer, vocation/community, EWD)
  • Six centers geographically defined, including all colleges in that area – these “boundaries” are quite permeable
the ccc biotech initiative9
The CCC Biotech Initiative
  • Voice for the 110 colleges for biotech matters as well as those with specific biotech curricula
    • Sometimes part of other bio courses
    • Or a capstone biotech course
    • Or a full program in biotech
geographical regions directors
Geographical Regions & Directors
  • North Valley & Mountain
  • Northern
  • San Joaquin
  • Central Coast
  • LA-Orange County
  • Southern

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north valley and mountain biotechnology center
North Valley and Mountain Biotechnology Center

Dr. Jeffery O’Neal

15 Colleges

northern california biotechnology center
Northern California Biotechnology Center

Dr. Edie Leonhardt

Professor Jim DeKloe

Co-directors

(photos not available)

27 Colleges

san joaquin biotechnology center
San Joaquin Biotechnology Center

Richard Gillis, JD

14 Colleges

central coast biotechnology center
Central Coast Biotechnology Center

8 Colleges

Dr. James Harber

southern california biotechnology center
Southern California Biotechnology Center

Dr. Sandra Slivka

14 Colleges

resources on the ccc biotech web site
Resources on the CCC Biotech Web site
  • White Paper
  • California Careers in Biotechnology: a Counselors Guide to the Best Jobs - pdf
  • Other links
  • Geographic map of the Center regions
  • All 110 colleges, including about one-third that have biotech courses/programs
  • Curricula is a project with Bio-Link, visit their site www.bio-link.org
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Informing both employers and potential trainees know this biotech education and training is available

Funding for expensive equipment – the roll of grants and donations

Well-trained instructors – especially knowing how the “inside” of a biotech company really works

Skills the industry wants are actually being taught

Workplace competency skills (“soft” skills)

Knowing where the jobs are

Knowing where the jobs are going to be

Issues, dilemmas and conundrums

dichotomies
Dichotomies
  • Motivations
    • “The bottom line” in industry
    • The instructional mode in education
  • Skill sets and education
    • Learn the fundamentals math (often including statistics), biology, chemistry, other sciences
    • Have the real hands-on skills for industrial setting
  • Education level/degrees
    • Belief that a bachelor degree is the minimum education to “do well” in biotech
    • Belief that only 18-20 year-olds sans degrees attend CCCs
how to continually determine desired employee competencies
How to [Continually] Determine Desired Employee Competencies
  • What bio-related industry(ies) are in our area?
  • What skill sets do they need?
  • What scientific understanding do they need that support the skills?
  • How soon?
what do we need to meet the industry s desired competencies
What Do We Need to Meet the Industry’s Desired Competencies?
  • Do we have the resources, facilities and personnel to meet these needs?
  • If not, can we generate them?
  • Who are our partners? What is/are their role(s)?
  • Who will create and maintain these partnerships?
what has been helpful in california to create and maintain biotech programs in the cccs
What has been helpful in California to create and maintain biotech programs in the CCCs
  • Legislative Mandate and Support
    • Relevant section of California Education Code in Appendix A of the White Paper
    • “Strengthen the California Community Colleges economic and workforce development infrastructure which delivers education and training services to businesses and workers in key growth industries and new technologies” - California State Senate Democratic

2004 Economic Development Strategy Report

Governor’s Support

    • “Creating and retaining jobs - and the businesses that provide them - must be a priority.”

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger,

2004 State of the State Address

what has been helpful in california to create and maintain biotech programs in the cccs23
What has been helpful in California to create and maintain biotech programs in the CCCs
  • Regional surveys – formal and informal
  • Chats with industry people
  • Information from Small Business Development Centers
  • Industry associations
  • Sharing lab space with start-up company
  • Industry internships for faculty members
  • Workshops
  • Employment Development Department and the Labor Market Information Division
partnerships the only path to success
Partnerships – the only path to success
  • WIBS
  • Local economic development folks
  • County and private crime labs
  • Agricultural groups – growers, plant tissue culture labs, University Cooperative Extension, UC Davis
  • Local companies – pharmaceutical, medical devices, biofuel/biodiesel, DNA fingerprinting, nanotechnology
  • Industry associations – Biotechnology Industry Organization, National Agricultural Biotechnology Counci, Southern California Biomedical Council, BIOCOM, Ventura Coast Biotechnology Institute
  • Other colleges and universities, public and private
  • National and state educational groups in biotech such as Bio-Link and CSUPERB (California State University Program in Education and Research in Biotechnology)
  • Legislators
  • Federal Agencies – National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Department of Labor, Department of Education, Department of Commerce
only three are listed as each one has links to many other related web sites

Resource Web Sites

Only three are listed as each one has links to many other related Web sites
  • www.cccewd.net – the Web site with all ten of the Economic and Workforce Development (EWD) Program industry cluster initiatives
  • www.cccbiotech.org – the Web site for the CCC Biotechnology Initiative (one of ten industry cluster initiatives in the EWD for the CCCs)
  • www.bio-link.org – the Web site for the National Science Foundation Advanced Technology Education Center in Biotechnology for the nation’s Community Colleges
contact information

Thank you – I am charmed to be your guest!

Contact information

Mary Pat Huxley

State Director, Biotech

4667 Telegraph Road

Ventura, CA 93003

Biotechnology Initiative

California Community College

Economic and Workforce Development Program

Voice (805) 648 8977

Fax (805 648 8988

Email: [email protected]

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