May 19, 2015 was a day of celebration in the Biotechnology department at Montgomery County Community College. On this day, the inaugural cohort of the Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Certificate of Completion program were awarded their credentials. The Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Certificate of Completion is a 16 credit program that consists of four classes: BIT 120 Introduction to Biotechnology, BIT 123 Techniques and Instrumentation for Biotechnology, BIT 220 Biotechnology Research, and BIT 232 Biomanufacturing. This initial cohort enrolled in the fall 2014 semester and completed their requirements in one academic year. In addition to those individuals receiving their Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Certificate of Completion, a ceremonial certificate from the Northeast Biomanufacturing Center and Collaborative was presented to those individuals who had completed the Biomanufacturing class.
A total of 16 students were recognized for their achievements. Dr. Maggie Bryans, Program Coordinator of Biotechnology, welcomed the students and family members who were present for the proceedings. Graduate, Winsome Grenyion, followed with a moving, yet humorous speech detailing her very personal experience going through the program using the processes learned from her coursework as a model for her own experiences as she progressed. Her speech concluded with raucous applause from everyone in attendance. Finally the moment the graduates had been waiting for, the handing out of certificates. Dr. David DiMattio Dean of STEM at Montgomery County Community College (MC3), presented the certificates to the students as Dr. Bryans called them up one-by-one. As each individual received their certificate, Jason McMillan Lab Manager/Career Coach took photos of their special moment. After all individuals had received their certificate, reminiscing and good byes were said over cake and coffee. The photo above is how the event ended, because even though the students are all individuals, they came in as a group, worked as a group, and so there was no better way to finish the event then as a group. Pictured from left to right: Dr. Maggie Bryans, Gretchen Pavone, Sylvia Donnelly, Todd Smith, Susan Ratkiewicz, Deborah Dow, Janese Cook, Hetal Doshi, Tim Kull MC3 Lab Tech, Winsome Grenyion, Jaira Afzal, Jason McMillan, Kristin Brodbeck, and Elena Hazlett.
For more information about Montgomery County Community College’s Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing programs or to schedule a visit to see the biotechnology labs, contact Dr. Maggie Bryans, Program Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.