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NOVEL APPROACHES FOR BIOTECHNOLOGY TRAINING AT COMMUNITY COLLEGES. Linda R. Rehfuss May 6, 2007 Boston, MA. Biotechnology Education. Biotechnology programs offered since Fall 2002 3 Biotechnology programs A.S., designed for transfer A.A.S., career track

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novel approaches for biotechnology training at community colleges

NOVEL APPROACHES FOR BIOTECHNOLOGY TRAINING AT COMMUNITY COLLEGES

Linda R. Rehfuss

May 6, 2007

Boston, MA

biotechnology education
Biotechnology Education
  • Biotechnology programs offered since Fall 2002
  • 3 Biotechnology programs
    • A.S., designed for transfer
    • A.A.S., career track
    • A.A.S. in Biotechnology, Nanobiotechnology option (4th semester capstone at Penn State)
  • 5 Biotechnology-specific courses developed
mccc biotech program
MCCC Biotech Program
  • 5 Biotech-specific courses:
    • Introduction to Biotechnology - recombinant DNA, drug discovery process, patents
    • Basic Techniques for Biotechnology - pH, micropipettors, UV spec
    • Biotechnology Research - recombinant DNA techniques, PCR, genetics
    • Biotechnology Manufacturing - GMP regulations, QA and QC
    • Biotechnology Internship - fieldexperience
2 2 2 partners
2+2+2 Partners
  • Technical High Schools:
    • North Montco Technical Career Center
    • Center for Technical Studies of Mont. Cty.
  • Community Colleges:
    • Montgomery County Community College
    • Bucks County Community College
    • Community College of Philadelphia
  • 4 Year Colleges and Universities:
    • Thomas Jefferson University
    • Cabrini College
    • Penn State – Abington College
activities
Activities
  • Students from Vo-tech schools
  • summer camps
  • Teacher training programs
  • Workforce Investment Board (WIB)
education collaborators
Education Collaborators
  • Kevin Lampe, Assistant Professor of Biotechnology, MCCC
  • Christopher Harendza, Ph.D., Professor of Biology, MCCC
  • Evon Martins, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Chemistry
  • Laura McAtee, Ph.D., Instructor of Chemistry, MCCC
  • Lori Dodson, Ph.D., Biotechnology Instructor, North Montco Technical Career Center, Lansdale, PA
  • Rich Coletta, Biotechnology Instructor and Program Development, Center for Technical Studies of Montgomery County, Plymouth Meeting, PA
  • Esther E. Biswas-Fiss, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Program Director in Biotechnology, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA
  • Sheryl L. Fuller-Espie, Ph.D., DIC, Associate Professor of Biology, Science Department Chair, Cabrini College, Radnor, PA
  • Melanie Lenahan, Ph.D., Assistant Professor and Program Director in Biotechnology, Raritan Valley Community College, Somerville, NJ
  • Randy Libros, Associate Professor of Physics, Community College of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
  • Laura Anne Roselli, Instructor and Program Consultant for Biotechnology, Burlington County College, Mt. Laurel, NJ
industry collaborators
Industry Collaborators
  • Thomas Hartnett, P.E., Sr. Director of Engineering, Pharmaceutical Sourcing Group of the Americas, Johnson and Johnson Family of Companies, Bridgewater, NJ
  • Joseph P. Lingle, P.E., Director, Facilities Operations, GlaxoSmithKline, King of Prussia, PA
  • Thomas B. Lavoie, Ph.D., Section Head, Protein Biochemistry, PBL Biomedical Laboratories, Piscataway, NJ
  • Peter Lowry, Vice President, Operations, The Immune Response Corporation, King of Prussia, PA
  • Thom Moll, Manager, Fluids Manufacturing Area, Merck and Co., Inc., West Point, PA
  • Cynthia Sarnoski, Ph.D. Sr. Vice President, Global Quality Assurance, Wyeth, Collegeville PA
  • Richard P. Schwartz Jr., Ph.D., President, CV Ventures, LLC, Blue Bell, PA
  • Dr. Carol Adukaitis, 2+2+2 WLG Program Manager, PA State System of Higher Education, Harrisburg, PA
  • Life Science Career Alliance, Philadelphia, PA
  • Collegiate Consortium
partnership with rohm and haas
Partnership with Rohm and Haas
  • R & H Chemical company with Healthcare division
  • Developed polymeric separation media
  • Trying to extend platform technologies
  • Want to use media for purification of high molecular weight drugs
  • Partner with MCCC in the ATC for project
r h mccc partnership
R & H –MCCC Partnership
  • Benefit to Company:
    • Polymers tested in biological systems (R & H doesn’t have cell culture capabilities)
    • Extend product capability
    • Materials produced and tested in R & H facilities
    • Trained students for internships and future employees
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R & H –MCCC Partnership
  • Benefit to College:
    • Well trained students – college paid “internship”
    • ATC use
    • Students versed in a variety of techniques and equipment
    • Students provided on-site training at R & H as well in analytical techniques
    • Growing the reach of NBC2
merck mccc partnership
Merck-MCCC Partnership
  • Vaccine division collaboration
  • Aseptic awareness course
  • 1 week for new hires; 1-2 day for incumbent workers
  • Attributes sought: gowning, behavioral practices, skills used in aseptic manufacturing
  • ATC collaboration as well
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Merck-MCCC Partnership
  • Students may participate – compliments their didactic and in class laboratory instruction
  • Extends company-college-community reach
  • Provided through non-credit opportunities at the College
  • Pilot with Merck could be extended to other companies
teacher training institute
Teacher Training Institute
  • STEM disciplines at College: Biotechnology, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Engineering, Math
  • Grades 7-12 and Community College teachers and faculty
  • Teachers participate in R&H and Merck projects – help them prepare their students
funding for projects offered at the college
Funding for Projects offered at the College
  • NSF (preliminary proposals and current grant)
  • DOL
  • Company (R &H, Merck)
  • Private investors
  • State funds
  • ANYONE WITH OTHER FUNDING IDEAS?
10 critical biomanufacturing jobs for nbc 2
10 Critical Biomanufacturing Jobs for NBC2
  • Process Development Associate
  • Validation Specialist
  • Manufacturing Technician - Upstream
  • Manufacturing Technician - Downstream
  • Instrumentation/Calibration Technician
  • Chemistry QC Technician
  • Microbiology QC Technician
  • Environmental Health & Safety Technician
  • QA Documentation Coordinator
  • Facilities Technician
mccc contact information
MCCC Contact Information

Linda Rehfuss, Ph.D.

Montgomery County Community College

340 DeKalb Pike

Blue Bell, PA 19422

lrehfuss@mc3.edu

215-641-6643

http://faculty.mc3.edu/lrehfuss/lrehfuss.htm

Kevin Lampe, M.S.

Assistant Professor of Biotechnology

215-641-6499

klampe@mc3.edu