BIO 2009 Community College Program

June, 2009

Sixth Annual Community College Day in Atlanta


Sixth Annual Community College Day in Atlanta, May 17th, 2009

Atlanta, Georgia
Omni at CNN Center Hotel
International Ballroom F
100 CNN Center
Atlanta, Georgia 30303

SPECIAL OFFER comes from the Biotechnology Industry Organization to registrants of the 6th Annual Community College Day. After you register for the Community College Program at BIO 2009, you will be sent a special code allowing you to register for three full days of access to the BIO2009 Exhibition Hall. This access is a value of more than $260. Thank-you, BIO!

ADDITIONALLY, You are warmly invited to attend (no charge) theBiotechnology Education Banquet following the 6th annual Community College Program @ BIO 2009 on May 17th from 6:30pm on (reception, keynote speaker, awards and dinner at the Atlanta Hyatt Regency Hotel; shuttle transportation provided with your Exhibit Hall pass - please don't forget to register for your free BIO 2009 Exhibit Hall pass, another benefit of registering for the CCP). 

8:00 to 8:30am Continental Breakfast

8:30 to 9:00am
Welcome Address, TBA

9:00 to 10:00am
Meeting Biotechnology Workforce Development Needs Through Innovative Certificate Programs
Senyong Lee, Ph.D., Chair of Biotechnology, Ivy Tech Community College, Bloomington, IN
Panel members include; Vivian Ngan-Winward from St. Louis Community College, Kim Kyker from Oklahoma City Community College, and Lisa Seidman from Madison Area Technical College. 
This session will introduce the innovative certificate training programs from four different community colleges. The programs were all uniquely developed to meet the specific local workforce development needs. The panel discussion will be focused on the process of each program's development and success. 

10:00 to 10:15am BREAK

10:15am to Noon
Emerging Biotechnologies-Training & Education Requirements 
Russ Read, Director of the National Centers for Biotechnology Workforce - Session Chair. Panelists include; Dr. Tamara Goetz, State Science Advisor, Utah, Salt Lake City,   Matthew Meyer, Associate Vice President, Innovation & Biotechnology North Carolina Community College System,  Priscilla Nunn, Senior Manager, Employee Development, Eisai Inc. RTP, North Carolina 
This session is devoted to looking at new and emerging technologies in the biosciences. We hear more news about new energy sources, foods, devices and frequent use of the term renewable. What are some of these technologies? What kinds of jobs will be associated with these at the technician's level? What will be the employer's expectation for the education and training of these hires? How we will use newer technologies to instruct in the new emerging areas? This session will be informative and interactive and try to explain what the new areas and jobs may look like. 

Noon to 1:15pm Lunch

1:15 to 2:45pm
Faces of Success - Our Graduates on Their Careers
Dr. Elaine Johnson, Director of Bio-Link - Session Chair with panelist employees who were educated and trained at community and technical colleges across the nation.
Graduates from community and technical colleges from different parts of the country share their stories. Examples include internship, coop and apprenticeship experiences and highlight the importance of industry mentors. This session was lauded at BIO 2007 as a highlight and is returning for an encore with different panelists. 

2:45 to 3:00pm BREAK

3:15 to 4:45pm
Biomanufacturing in the USA with Sonia Wallman, Director NBC2
This session will feature the leaders of a sampling of biomanufacturing programs throughout the United States and the NBC2, a communications hub for biomanufacturing activities, providing curriculum and instructional materials as part of its industry standards based Global Biomanufacturing Curriculum; faculty development through BIOMAN Conferences and Workshops; local hands-on and distant on-line biomanufacturing education and training for incumbent technicians and professionals; and a web presence athttp:///
    Mike Fino, Professor and Biotechnology Program Coordinator, MiraCosta College, Oceanside, CA.
    William Woodruff, Department Head Biotechnology, Alamance Community College, Graham, NC.
    Eric Wessinger, Biotechnology Program Chair, Central Georgia Technical College, Macon, GA
    Gregory Paquette, Clinical Professor; Director of Biotechnology and Clinical Laboratory Science Program, University of Rhode Island, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, University of Rhode Island, Kingston and Providence, RI.
    Sonia Wallman, Biotechnology Professor; Director of Biotechnology and the Northeast Biomanufacturing Center and Collaborative (NBC2), Great Bay Community College (formerly New Hampshire Community Technical College), Portsmouth, NH.


4:45 to 5:00pm Wrap-Up/BIO 2010