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  1. Biotechnology Workforce – An Overview Russ Read, Executive Director National Center Biotechnology Workforce Forsyth Technical Community College AURP - November 3, 2005

  2. Core Scientific Principle Basis of Biotechnology

  3. Objectives • Industry Sectors & General Overview • Skills & Education Required Within the Industry • Demand-Driven Workforce Solutions

  4. Biotechnology Industry Characteristics • Small • Highly Regulated • Young and Still Developing

  5. Biotechnology Occupational Characteristics • Specialized Skills • High Level of Education • Higher Wages

  6. Workforce Challenges • Pipeline Development • Recruitment • Retention • Skills Competencies & Training • Competencies & Career Ladders • Mapping to Other Industries • Image & Outreach to the Public • Data & Definition • Image

  7. Workforce Solutions Examples • Pipeline – Recruitment & Retention • Provide students & faculty with opportunities such as job shadowing, mentoring, industry speakers, career clubs, etc. • Create flexible, short-term training options to keep up with ongoing industry training. • Create a system for continuous skills-upgrade training, career enhancement, and career ladders and lattices. • Skill Competencies & Training • Create a map & matrix of existing competencies and models, assess gaps, and validate/update regularly. • Develop models with incentives for K-12 institutions to work with college and corporate partners.

  8. Long & Short-Term Solutions • Community Colleges Hold the Key

  9. Opportunities • With each new industry breakthrough and advancement comes new jobs.

  10. Regional Partnerships & Collaboration • Know what resources exist within your region.

  11. Employment Projections 2002-12 • Industry • Scientific research, development & technical services: 70% • Pharmaceutical & medical manufacturing: 23% • Occupations • Life, physical & social scientists: 17% • Biological scientists: 19% • Biological technicians: 19%

  12. Introduction: Biotechnology Community College Training Programs • Demand (or workforce) driven • Fulfill local workforce needs • Training requirement varies to locale

  13. Diverse Training Needs • Similar type of Biotech job positions exist across the country • There are emerging biotechnology specializations • Examples: research & development, bioprocessing/biomanufacturing and bioinformatics

  14. Diverse Communities • Agricultural biotechnology - rural clusters • Manufacturing - Biomanufacturing/ bioprocessing • Informatics - life science applications linked to software/ IT clusters • Research & Development – adjacent to universities with biotechnology / biomedical research focus

  15. Discovery Research Technician or Assistant Description: Perform research tasks & experiments Analyze & interpret data Write experimental protocols, reports, & summaries Handle & purchase lab equipment and supplies Entry- Level Position: Associate degree in science with related experience with annual salary of $25,000+ Other Positions: R&D positions linked to bioinformatics Skills/Education Requirements Biotechnology

  16. Skills/Education Bioinformatics Associate • Description: • Store, retrieve & analyze biological information such as DNA and protein sequences • Run data analysis programs & data mining on public gene databases • Work closely with research scientists to prepare software design specifications • Routinely use Linux, Oracle or Access database programs and Perl or Java language • Entry-Level Position: • B.S. in life science field with lab experience and 0-2 years computer science experience • A.S. in computer science with biotechnology lab and bioinformatics certificates

  17. Process Development (=Industrial Engineering Technician; O*NET 17-3026.00) Validation (=Industrial Engineering Technician; O*NET 17-3026.00) Manufacturing Upstream (O*NET 19-4021.00) Manufacturing Downstream (O*NET 19-4021.00) Instrumentation/Calibration (Instrumentation Technician; O*NET 17-3023.02) Chemistry QC (QC Technician; O*NET 17-3026.00) Mircobiology QC (QC Technician; O*NET 17-3026.00) Quality Assurance Documentation (=QC Technician; O*NET 17-3026.00) Facilities (Maintenance Mechanic; O*NET 49-9041.00) Environmental Health & Safety (Safety Inspector or Technician; O*NET 29-9011.00) Biomanufacturing Jobs Technician level

  18. Biomanufacturing Technician Jobs) • Note: Any of the biomanufacturing jobs can be had at the entry or “technician” level, e.g. Upstream Bio-Manufacturing Technician pays about $40,000. • Education: an Associate degree or Certificate from a community college biotechnology program with a biomanufacturing focus. • Example: displaced worker with previous supervisory experience could be hired as a Supervisor in Upstream Bio-Manufacturing and garner a much higher salary (e.g. $70,000 vs. $40,000).

  19. Rational • Capture: best practices in the development of skill standards, certification and curriculum in regionally specialized biotech training centers • Disseminate: make available replicable models to community colleges across America Composition • Team: 5 centers of Excellence/Expertise regionally based with niche mandates • Collective purpose: a national resource

  20. Regional Centers of Excellence/Expertise

  21. Problem/Solutions/Products • Bellevue CC retrains displaced workers from IT layoffs to become in demand Life Science Informatics specialist –process, skill requirements, job descriptions & curriculum available • Forsyth Tech CC ( 3 years old, largest BT Training program in NC) retrains displaced workers of manufacturing lay offs to become needed research lab technicians- curriculum available • Indian Hills CC trains biofermentor technicians to address the increased demands for biofuels- curriculum available

  22. Partnerships/Models/Replication • Mira Costa CC develops unique ways of dealing with industry and professional partners- attitude based- create win/ win for community to fulfill the need for trained workers – results in-kind opportunities • New Hampshire CTC works closely with biomanufacturing companies in the Northeast to fulfill their needs for skilled technicians and professionals

  23. Year 1 General Biology I/II Microbiology General Chemistry I/II Organic Chemistry Introduction to Computers/Internet English Composition Algebra II Social Science Elective Writing Technical Documents Year 2 Biotechnology Experience I: Discovery Research (192 hrs) Biotechnology Experience II: Biomanufacturing (192 hrs) Ethics or Bioethics Probability and Statistics Elective (Language/Humanities/Fine Arts) Technical Elective (could be Externship) A.S. Degree in Biotechnology (e.g. NHCTC)

  24. Biotechnology Experience I: Discovery Research (192 hrs) Biotechnology Experience II: Biomanufacturing (192 hrs) E.g. Certificate in Biotechnology

  25. The Bioscience Industry Skill Standards define the skills, knowledge and attributes required for Biotechnology jobs. Published in 1995, they can be found at http://www2.edc.org/bec/standards/gateway/Pages%2072-73.pdf Universality of Biotechnology Curricula

  26. Biomanufacturing Technician:Upstream Processing BATCH CULTURE CHO CELLS

  27. Communication Agriculture & Food Processing Indian Hills Community CollegeMichael Ott Director of Iowa BioDevelopment otterm@gmail.com Bioprocessing MiraCosta CollegeRic Matthews Dean, Math and Sciences rmatthews@miracosta.edu Biomanufacturing New Hampshire Community Technical College Director Sonia Wallman, Ph.D. swallman@nhctc.edu Life Science Informatics Bellevue Community CollegeLife Science Informatics Patricia Dombrowski Director, Life Science Informatics pdombrow@bcc.ctc.edu Research and DevelopmentForsyth Tech Dr. Lucas D. Shallua (VMD, PhD) Department Chair lshallua@forsythtech.edu Russ H. Read Executive Director rread@forsythtech.edu

  28. For information please visit the following web sites: www.workforce3one.org www.biotechworkforce.org Please visit a DOL/ ETA webinar on the Biotechnology Workforce originally broadcast 9/14/05 by connecting to either of these sites