Established in 1996. The Biotechnology Program at STCC offers an Associate Degree in Biotechnology. The Biotechnology Manufacturing Certificate of Completion is a fast track program that enables a student to acquire current biotechnology skills in one year. This certificate program is specifically designed for students who wish to obtain the skills and knowledge necessary for direct employment in biomanufacturing. There are four options within the certificate program, focusing on skills required for different jobs in biomanufacturing. The certificate consists of 27 to 29 credits with a common core of courses including biology, chemistry, and math, and several courses specific to the particular option chosen. These courses prepare the student by developing skills in laboratory calculations, sterile technique, proper processing of materials, and quality control procedures. After completion of this certificate, a student can qualify for employment as a biomanufacturing technician, quality control technician, or facilities operator. With two graduates so far, Springfield has a 100 percent placement rate in biomanufacturing. Graduates are working at Microtest Laboratories in Agawam and New England Peptide in Gardner, Mass.