The Community College Program at BIO 2015

June, 2015

12th Annual Community College Program

June 16, 2015

8:00 AM-5:00 PM


Presented in conjunction with the 2015 BIO International Convention

Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown

21 N Juniper Street

Philadelphia, PA 19107



The 12th annual Community College Program will be held from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at the Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown in Philadelphia, PA in association with the annual Biotechnology Industry Organization international convention held nearby at the Philadelphia Convention Center.  The CCP brings together community college faculty, high school teachers, industry and organizations focused on biotechnology, biomanufacturing, regenerative medicine, biofuels/industrial biotechnology, and biomedical devices to learn from each other and to develop a network of educational programs to support industry needs for biotechnicians.

The CCP is organized by NBC2 at Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell, PA; Bio-Link at San Francisco City College in San Francisco, CA; and the National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce (NCBW) at Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem, NC.

Registration is $175.00, payable by credit card or purchase order.  The registration fee includes a continental breakfast, buffet lunch, and refreshments throughout the day, as well as a complimentary pass for the Exhibit Hall at the BIO 2015 Convention.  Click here to register today!

Lodging is available through the BIO Convention website.  For information about travel to Philadelphia and lodging options, click here.


Dr. Victoria Bastecki-Perez, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost of Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell, PA
State of BIO
Peter Pellerito, Senior Advisor, Federal/State Economic Development Policy and University Relations 
The Bioeconomy Technical Workforce Supply and Demand 
What are the jobs?  Where is the training?

Session Chairs – Sonia Wallman, NBC2 Executive Director and Principal Investigator
Elaine Johnson, Bio-Link Next Generation National Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Center of Excellence for Biotechnology and Life Sciences
Executive Director and Principal Investigator
For more than two decades community colleges have been building biotechnology/biomanufacturing education and training programs to serve their local industry.  But still the public and potential students do not understand this career pathway – it is ‘new’ and not well integrated into the federal job title system. In October 2014, a report from California outlined the demand and supply side of the bioeconomy workforce: Supply and Demand Analysis: Life Sciences and Biotech Middle Skills Workforce In California.  This session will outline education and training strategies for supplying biotechnicians in states with the biggest demand for them: California; Massachusetts; Florida and North Carolina.  As the bioeconomy grows throughout the nation these states offer promising strategies for others. 
  • John Carrese on Assessing and Using Labor Market Information to Address the Workforce Needs of Employers in California
  • Beth Nicklas on The Role of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center in Providing Training and Career Pathways for Future Life Sciences Workers
  • Tamara Mandell on Florida’s Biotechnology Workforce Supply and Demand: Anticipating and Responding to the Changing Needs of Employers
  • Maria Pharr on The North Carolina Approach to the Growing Bioscience Workforce Demand

Community College Support of Start Up Companies

Session Chair – Linnea Fletcher 
In 2012 Bio-Link hosted a summit on both the educational and economic impact of community college directed contract service work for industry. In this session, we will review what has occurred in this area since this report, what are some of the emerging area for this type of work, and what else the community college can do to both better educate technicians and economically help industry.
  • Formation of Incubator/Accelerator Spaces at Austin Community College and the Texas Life Science Collaboration Center - Linnea Fletcher, Department Chair  Biotechnology ACC
  • Best Practices for Meeting the Needs of Industry at the Pasadena Bioscience Collaborative - Wendie Johnston, Lab Director, Pasadena Bioscience Collaborative
  • PA Connect Innovation and Incubation - David A. Niles, Executive Director, Montgomery County Development Corporation and Anthony Green, PhD, Vice President of Technology Commercialization at Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern PA
  • Using Bioinformatics to Improve Computer Literacy and Biotechnology Knowledge – Todd Smith, Digital World Biology



Lori Lindburg, BayBio and Council of State Biotechnology Institutes (CSBI)

Matthew Sigelman, CEO of Burning Glass
Matt Sigelman CCP.pdf


Implementing the Outcomes of the c3bc US DOL TAA Grant with Industry, Workforce and Academic Partners
Session Chairs – Russ Read and Stephen Dahms
This session will provide an overview of the status of the $15 million TAA US DOL twelve college grant initiative led by the National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce based at Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston- Salem, NC which is well into its third year.  Over 2000 students have been the recipient of training. Programs have been created, upgraded or expanded in the medical devices, laboratory and  biomanufacturing areas. Skill standards have been created called the “Core of the Core”. The session will focus on how the c3bc National Advisory Council views the progress of the grant and how its deliverables may be incorporated into use into education, training and workforce development. 
  • Developing Medical Device Skill Standards with Industry- Dr. Sengyong Lee c3bc Hub  Leader, Ivy Tech, Bloomington, IN and Stephen D. Sawin, Founder, President and CEO of Operon Resource Management
  • Core of the Core Bioscience Skill Standards- Dr. Linda Rehfuss, c3bc and NBC2 Co-PI, Bucks County Community College, Newtown, PA
  • Short Courses to Meet Employer Needs- Lennie Ciufo, Los Angeles Valley Community College, Los Angeles, CA
  • The Role of the Manufacturing Institute (NAM) in c3bc- Gardner Carrick, Vice President, Manufacturing Institute, Washington, DC
  • How the c3bc National Advisory Council views the work of the grant and its potential- Steve Dahms, Chair, c3bc National Advisory Council. So Cal Medical, San Diego, CA

Faces of Success – Graduates at Work

Session Chairs - Elaine Johnson and JoAnn Hongo
Faces of Success is an interactive session featuring successful industry professionals who recently gained employability skills at community and technical colleges. These successful individuals share their pathways to rewarding careers in high-skill, high-wage positions in the biotechnology industry thanks to the access and affordability of targeted programs at community and technical colleges.

More Questions for Technicians; Plans for CCP @ BIO 2016 in San Francisco 
– Elaine Johnson

Speaker Biographies.pdf

Presentation Abstracts.pdf

Click here to visit the CCP 2014 page and view the CCP Report from 2014.