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Conference Report: Educating Biotechnicians for Future Industry Needs. BIO Community College Day 2008 June 16, 2008 V. Celeste Carter Program Director vccarter@nsf.gov. DUE Mission Statement.

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conference report educating biotechnicians for future industry needs

Conference Report:Educating Biotechnicians for Future Industry Needs

BIO Community College Day 2008

June 16, 2008

V. Celeste Carter

Program Director

vccarter@nsf.gov

due mission statement
DUE Mission Statement

To promote excellence in undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education for all students.

  • DUE:
  • agent of change, leads NSF efforts to achieve excellent STEM undergraduate education for all students
  • creates, develops, and manages programs that enable institutions to expand the professional STEM workforce and strengthen scientific literacy for citizens
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ATE
  • promotes improvement in the education of science and engineering technicians at the undergraduate and secondary school level and the educators who prepare them, focusing on technicians for high-technology fields that drive the nation’s economy.
  • ATE is in its 16th year of funding community colleges, having started with the Science and Advanced Technology Act of 1992 (SATA).
  • Biotechnology
    • Bio-Link Resource Center
    • Northeast Biomanufacturing Center and Collaborative
    • Projects

http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5464&org=DUE&from=home

educating technicians for future industry needs scottsdale az april 28 30
Educating Technicians for Future Industry NeedsScottsdale, AZApril 28-30
  • Industry needs for the next five years - health, medical, agriculture, industrial and environmental biotechnology, and emerging areas.
  • Employers’ needs span degree offerings from high school, community college, and 4-yr institutions.
  • Focus on expectations for entry-level technicians, and community colleges role for traditional students as well as post-baccalaureate students, who may have advanced degrees in science but lack the laboratory skills they need to gain employment in the biotechnology industry.
recommendations
Recommendations
  • Many directed at community colleges, but the recommendations also impact other colleges, universities, secondary schools, government agencies and the biotechnology industry.
  • Grounded in the understanding that biotechnology educational programs should develop exemplary technical skills in students and give students a thorough working knowledge of biotechnology applications. To these priorities, the conference participants recommended that:
curriculum recommendations
CurriculumRecommendations
  • Instruction in written and verbal communication, and “soft skills” such as teamwork and time management
  • Core curriculum courses transfer and articulate: high school to 2-year and 4-year degree programs
  • Strong theoretical understanding of entire manufacturing process encompassing upstream and downstream processes
  • Introduction of emerging technologies in basic biotechnology courses
  • Redesign of microbiology and biology curriculum to include applications in industrial and environmental biotechnology.
program recommendations
Program Recommendations
  • Industry externships - faculty, secondary school teachers and guidance counselors
  • Faculty teams - bring resources and professional expertise to colleges starting biotechnology programs
  • Multi-disciplinary programs for cross-training of college faculty and students (e.g., microelectronics as it relates to emerging diagnostic technologies, and material sciences as it relates to emerging biofuels)
  • Parallel analysis of skills from different sub-fields to support and inform retooling and retraining programs to enable biotechnicians to shift fields within the rapidly emerging industry.
educational institution recommendations
Educational Institution Recommendations
  • Clear articulated career pathways from middle school and high school to community college and four-year biotechnology programs
  • A process to reach agreement on standards for accreditation of biotechnology programs and certification of academic credentials for biotechnicians
  • Community college food and agriculture programs that incorporate biotechnology in multidisciplinary approaches to technician education as articulated by community college leaders in a future meeting to be convened by NSF
relationship and partnership recommendations
Relationship and Partnership Recommendations
  • Between educational institutions, industry, and state and federal agencies
  • Regional biotechnology efforts that prepare individuals with cross-over skills that are utilized by particular industries located in multiple states.
marketing and communication recommendations
Marketing and communication Recommendations
  • Raise industry awareness of existing biotechnology programs including biotechnology graduate employee successes
  • Create innovative marketing strategies to recruit students into biotechnology programs.
  • Improve understanding of biotechnology by
    • engage students in cross-disciplinary approaches that bring biotech professionals to campus for career seminars and classroom lessons in an array of STEM courses
    • identify national models of educational partnerships with industry and create case studies to publicize these successful models
next steps
Next Steps
  • Conference participants initiated small working groups to plan next steps.
  • Participants identified additional individuals in the community who might aid in accomplishing the recommendations.
  • AACC publish a report (Aug 1) with summaries of the panel presentations and more details on the recommendations.
  • Note: some recommendations may require relatively minor revisions to existing biotechnology education programs. Others will involve additional resources, and some may require initial external funding.
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Division of Undergraduate Educationhttp://www.nsf.gov/div/index.jsp?div=DUE

Project Information Resource System

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Additional Information

2-page Meeting Notes available on Bio-Link web site and here at conference

Conference paper available on AACC website (Aug 2008) and hard copies will also be available