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Biotechnology Intensive Post-Baccalaureate Certificate:. Jeanette Mowery Lisa Seidman Rebecca Josvai. National Science Foundation DUE 0501520. Brief History of MATC Biotech. Associate degree program began in 1987 One of the earliest in the U.S. Founded by Dr. Joy McMillan

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biotechnology intensive post baccalaureate certificate

Biotechnology Intensive Post-Baccalaureate Certificate:

Jeanette Mowery

Lisa Seidman

Rebecca Josvai

  • National Science Foundation
  • DUE 0501520
brief history of matc biotech
Brief History of MATC Biotech
  • Associate degree program began in 1987
    • One of the earliest in the U.S.
    • Founded by Dr. Joy McMillan
    • Complete biotechnology curriculum
      • 70 credits to A.A.S.
      • 39 credits biotechnology
  • Challenges
    • No Instructional materials
    • Isolation
    • Would it work?
  • The end of isolation
    • Many programs throughout the country
    • Bio-Link network of workforce educators
  • National Science Foundation support
      • Advanced Technology Education (DUE)
      • Many high-quality instructional materials
      • Faculty Professional Development
      • Outreach
  • It does work!
      • From students
        • Success of individuals; many stories
      • From employers
        • Recognition of the role of two year grads
        • Job description qualification
    • Demand exceeds supply
matc biotech program evolution
MATC Biotech Program Evolution
  • 1987
    • Biotechnology Laboratory Technician Program
    • Associate of Applied Science, A.A.S.
  • 2002-2003
    • Post-baccalaureate certificate- one year
    • Bioinformatics certificate:
      • Collaboration with IT department
  • 2005-2006
    • Biotechnology Intensive Post-Baccalaureate Certificate (BIPBC)
      • “The Intensive”
      • Funded by National Science Foundation, ATE
post baccalaureate certificate one year
Post-baccalaureate Certificate: One year
  • Admission requirements
    • BS in life sciences, microbiology, chemistry and cell bio within the last 7 years
  • 21 credits
  • Associate degree courses
    • Basic Lab Methods for Regulated Workplace
    • Bioprocess Technology
    • Chromatography
    • Protein Bioseparations or
    • Cell culture- plant and animal
    • Molecular Biology I and II
    • Applied Biochemistry
  • No additional resources necessary
why post bac certificates
Why post-bac certificates?
  • Many BS graduates in AAS programs
    • Some completed the degree program
    • Others took just a few courses..
      • “Jobbed out”
  • Recruitment tool
  • K-12 outreach results
    • Successful outreach/? recruitment

Dear Lisa:

Thank you very much for keeping me inform. I am very happy to know what has

happened in Madison, of course MATC Biotech Program.

I am doing great here. I have learned assays about drug screen, cell

apoptosis using human cell culture. I also write experimental protocols. This

position gives me a lot opportunities to do experiments and cancer researches.

I will travel back to Wisconsin Dell this August. My daughter has a

gymnastic camp at Porter, Wisconsin.

Have a good weekend,


intensive post baccalaureate certificate
Intensive Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
  • Would bioscience grads be better served with a separate program?
  • Lisa’s experience in Scotland - PreBIO
  • Program format
    • One semester full time study
    • Not separate courses, 9-4 every day
  • National Science Foundation DUE ATE award
intensive curriculum
Intensive Curriculum
  • Basic Lab Methods for a Regulated Workplace
    • “The Basics”
  • Core Biotechnology Techniques
    • Bioprocessing and protein purification
    • Mammalian Cell Culture
    • Recombinant DNA Techniques
  • Advanced Topics
    • Microarrays
    • Bioinformatics
  • Independent Projects
  • The Business of Biotechnology
  • Company tours, guest speakers, etc
    • BIO Chicago
curriculum features
Curriculum Features
  • Business operations and management component
    • Work in teams, mock companies
      • Business plan
      • R&D, Production, QA/QC
      • Documentation, SOPs, Batch records
      • Auditor
  • Presentations
      • Venture Capital Fair to all program students
  • Independent Projects at Poster Fair
      • Invite advisory committee, potential employers
so how s it going
So…….How’s it going?
  • 12 students in 2006 class
    • Certificates will be awarded in May
    • Wide range of educational backgrounds, professional experiences, age and interests
  • Fun to teach!
    • They put more pressure on themselves than we put on them
    • Focused, enthusiastic, ask great questions
  • Its intense!
how it works for students
How it works for students
  • They get the skills they need
  • Advantages of this model:
    • Less time to transition to the workplace
    • Fewer credits = less total tuition expense
    • Work together in a cohort instead of spread out among AAS classes
  • Disadvantages:
    • Financial
    • Time commitment
      • Too intense for some
      • Almost impossible to work: support necesssary
employers are enthusiastic
Employers are enthusiastic
  • “The availability of a skilled workforce is essential for the continued growth and success of our company. We have hired [two year] program graduates in the past and have been very pleased. This new program [post-baccalaureate intensive] is a way to increase the number of well-prepared individuals who are ready for the biotechnology workplace.”
    • Paul Weiss, President, Gala Biotech, Middleton, WI
future act local think
Future: Act local..think ?
  • Straightforward
    • Financial resources for students
    • Recruitment/Advertising
    • Dissemination
  • “Institutionalize” it
  • It takes a larger village…
matc biotech staff

Lisa Seidman

Joe Lowndes

Jeanette Mowery

Mary Ellen Kraus

Rebecca Josvai

Joy McMillan

Lab Manager

Diana Brandner

Instructional Assistants

Gaoussou Diarra

Intensive: Jessie Bathe

Bio-Link: Carrie Fisher

MATC Biotech Staff

biotechnology coursework a a s degree
First year


Biotechnology Applications

Basic Lab Methods

Laboratory Math

Cell Biology


Bioprocess Technology


Hazardous materials, Biosafety, Radioisotopes

Career Seminar

Second year

Protein Bioseparations

Cell culture- plant and animal

Molecular Biology I

Research Methods in Molecular Biology

Applied Biochemistry

Internship (occupational work experience)

Biotechnology Coursework A.A.S. Degree
strengths of the curriculum
Strengths of the curriculum
  • Technical proficiency on the job
    • Focus on the “basics”
    • “Hit the ground running”
    • “Comfortable in the lab”
  • Understand the culture of the workplace
  • Realistic job expectations