With the decision by the biopharmaceutical company Bristol-Myers Squibb to locate a $1.1 billion manufacturing facility at the former Fort Devens site, Mount Wachusett Community College has responded and gained the authority to offer an Associate in Science degree with emphasis on biomanufacturing, including a certificate program. MWCC has built a state of the art biomanufacturing training center at the Devens campus. Biotechnology and biomanufacturing classes will be held at this facility beginning in the Fall of 2008. Building on the NBC2 Global Biomanufacturing Curriculum the experiential courses will use bacteria, mammalian and yeast cells to produce human proteins using tools and standard manufacturing operating procedures of biomanufacturing. Students in the biotechnology degree or certificate will also complete a 260 hour practicum experience assigned to a mentor in a regional biomanufacturing facility (such as BMS) that will assure acquisition of skills required for jobs in cell culture, purification, quality control, validation and process development.