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Fall Rive, MA

Established in 2005, the BCC Center Biotechnology Education funded in part by the BCC Foundation and Rodgers Family Foundation. Beginning in Fall 2006, a certificate program (29 credits) running from(from September -August ) is offered with curriculum that includes Fundamentals of Biological Sciences, Introduction to Biotechnology Cell Biology, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, Chemistry of Nucleic Acids, Microbiology, and Statistics plus hands-on laboratory skills training. In addition, BCC is also offering an Associate Degree in Bio-manufacturing Technology as an engineering option for graduates who can enter the workforce as bio-manufacturing, bioprocess or pharmaceutical manufacturing technicians.

Two new programs are in development: An associate degree program in Biotechnology/Biomedical Technology and a certificate program in Bioinformatics (29 credits) to be offered in Fall 2007. All programs are designed to facilitate career as a well as higher education (4 year colleges and Universities) transfer opportunities for our graduating students.

Boston, MA

BHCC has launched a new two year Associate Degree in Biological Science with two concentrations: a biology transfer option that prepares students for transfer to four-year universities with junior status as biology majors and a biotechnology option that prepares students for direct employment in entry-level research/lab assistant positions available in private industries, academic research institutions, and hospitals.

Transfer students will complete 61 - 64 credits including four biology core courses: General Biology I/lab, General Biology II/lab, Cell Biology/lab and Genetics/lab. A further goal is to provide students with the technical course-work and laboratory experience. Articulation agreements are already in place with the UMASS system and more are underway.

The biotechnology option will provide students with a rigorous academic background as well as industry specific lab skills in molecular biology, genetics, protein chemistry and cell biology. Students will complete 61 - 64 credits including six biology core courses: General Biology I/lab, General Biology II/lab, Cell Biology/lab, Genetics/lab, Biotechnology/lab and Seminar in Biotechnology/lab. The program will also reinforce general industry specific skills such as communication, biology and lab specific computer skills and teamwork. Students will become proficient in experimental design and set up, safety regulations, routine and maintenance work and use of lab kits. Students will participate in internships and will be exposed to career opportunities, work concepts and practices of the biotech industry through field trips and presentations by guest speakers.

The comprehensive nature and methodologies offered will prepare highly skilled students with the potential for professional growth and the possibility of merit bonus, promotion and continuing education.

Boston, MA

The Biomedical Laboratory and Clinical Sciences (BLCS) program started in 1987 at Boston University to provide a Bachelor of Science degree and advanced certificates, including one in Biotechnology. The nine month certificate program has been successful in producing qualified individuals for entry-level jobs in Boston area biomanufacturing companies. The Undergraduate Certificate in Biotechnology is designed for professionals requiring additional skills and knowledge. Students must complete a minimum of 16 credits. The BLCS offers evening and Saturday classes to accommodate working adults, plus there are on-line options. Courses include Current Good Manufacturing Practices and Quality Assurance; Techniques in Molecular Biology; Proteomics; Human Genetics; and Cell Culture Techniques. During any one semester about 250 students will take biotech courses, with about 35 matriculated students and 50 registered for certificates.

About 35 percent are employed in biomanufacturing jobs such as Manufacturing Technician- Upstream, Downstream; Chemistry QC Technician; QA Documentation Coordinator; Environmental Health & Safety Technician; Facilities Technician. Companies that hire graduates for biomanufacturing include Genzyme, Biogen, and TKT/Shire Pharmaceuticals. Another biomanufacturing related program offered through BLCS is CityLab Academy, a nine month, postsecondary job skills and education program offering 12 free credits to accepted candidates. Started in 1992, CityLab Academy www.bu.edu/CityLabAcademy provides experiences in modern biotech and its commercial applications. It arranges internships at several medical centers, hospitals and biotech companies in the Boston area. Since 1999, 14 out of 40 graduates of City Lab Academy who found jobs in the biomedical field have worked or are currently working in biomanufacturing.

Andover, MA

Students learn fundamentals of laboratory safety, use of lab equipment, record-keeping, data analysis, dilutions and titrations, weighing and measuring, laboratory terminology, scientific method, computer literacy, aseptic technique, media preparation, critical thinking, ethics, cell culture and electrophoresis. Graduates work in biomanufacturing as well as research laboratories. They obtain positions as research laboratory technicians, laboratory assistants, quality control technicians, technical support technicians, purification technicians, process operators, cell culture technicians, bio-processing technicians, aseptic fill technicians, documentation specialists, media prep technicians, and technical sales representatives.

Ashland, MA

The MBCC Biotechnology Programs offers undergraduate science programs specifically for nontraditional students. The Biotech program started in 1993; Marine Biotech in 1995; and the Forensic DNA Science program started in 1995. The training emphasis is in the areas of recombinant DNA technology, protein chemistry, cell culture and immunology, and chromatography (with a special emphasis on High Performance Liquid Chromatography). Teaching technologies also include molecular biology and genetic engineering. Graduates, including 12 in 2006, are eligible for entry-level technical positions in a wide range of disciplines including biomanufacturing. Approximately 54 percent of Biotech students enter industry and the program's placement rate is 100 percent. Companies hiring graduates include SBH Sciences; Genzyme; Organogenesis, and Mattech. The Biotechnology Program prepares students for the pursuit of advanced degrees in the sciences and holds articulation agreements with a number of prestigious baccalaureate institutions nationwide.

Wellesley Hills, MA

The MBCC Biotechnology Programs offers undergraduate science programs specifically for nontraditional students. The Biotech program started in 1993; Marine Biotech in 1995; and the Forensic DNA Science program started in 1995. The training emphasis is in the areas of recombinant DNA technology, protein chemistry, cell culture and immunology, and chromatography (with a special emphasis on High Performance Liquid Chromatography). Teaching technologies also include molecular biology and genetic engineering. Graduates, including 12 in 2006, are eligible for entry-level technical positions in a wide range of disciplines including biomanufacturing. Approximately 54 percent of Biotech students enter industry and the program's placement rate is 100 percent. Companies hiring graduates include SBH Sciences; Genzyme; Organogenesis, and Mattech. The Biotechnology Program prepares students for the pursuit of advanced degrees in the sciences and holds articulation agreements with a number of prestigious baccalaureate institutions nationwide.

Boston, MA

The Undergraduate Certificate in Biotechnology is designed for professionals looking to acquire additional skills and knowledge in one of Massachusetts' strongest growth industries.
Biotechnology certificate candidates should have at least two years of college, with biology, chemistry, and math, or equivalent work experience.

Bedford, MA

Established in 1990, Middlesex Community College's biotechnology program is one of the oldest in the country. Programs provide education and training in skills required for entry level employment as technicians in biomanufacturing. Conferring both Certificates and Associate Degrees (with opportunities to transfer to a four year program) averages of 35 to 40 graduates per year qualify for immediate employment.

Employers include: Genzyme (Framingham, Cambridge and Allston facilities), Wyeth BioPharm, Millipore, EMD/Lexigen and BiogenIdec. An Internship at a biotech company is required in the Certificate program. Hands-on lab work and on-site work experience result in consistently high placement rates. Graduates work at various jobs, including process development associates, manufacturing technicians (both upstream and downstream), facilities technicians, validation specialists, and quality control technicians. Articulation agreements are in place with high schools, such as Minuteman Biotech training, and four year universities, such as Boston University Metropolitan College.

Gardner, MA

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.

Danvers, MA

Established in 1991, the two year associate degree program provides basic understanding of biotechnology and laboratory techniques. Developed with assistance from area biotechnology firms, students acquire skills that can be applied in a wide variety of biotechnology industries, from manufacturing to research. With hands-on training using state of the art instrumentation in spectroscopy, protein determination and separation techniques such as filtration, centrifugation, chromatography, and electrophoresis, the program prepares students for employment. Potential entry-level positions include Manufacturing Technician and Chemistry QC technician. With roughly 25 students enrolled, about 5 complete the program annually. A total of 40 graduates are estimated to be working in biomanufacturing jobs today, including at Wyeth in Andover and Genzyme in Boston.

Boston, MA

Building on the experience gained in developing our Sloan Foundation-sponsored Professional Masters in Bioinformatics program, our Biotechnology Masters Development Team has created a flexible, two-year, professional Masters in Biotechnology program that addresses the needs of students and industry through rigorous, interdisciplinary training in biotechnology and "hands-on" industrial rotations. Our goal is to educate professionals who are prepared for immediate productivity in industrial, governmental, or clinical settings.

Quincy, MA

The mission of the Quincy College Biotechnology and Compliance Program is to comprehensively teach the laboratory and critical thinking skills necessary to immediately enter the growing biomanufacturing industry in Massachusetts. Through lectures, seminars, and over 450 hands-on laboratory hours, students earn an Associate of Science or Certificate in Biotechnology and Compliance, and are fully trained to begin working in the biomanufacturing industry at entry-level positions.

 

Links to Videos

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPhtuj9GtV4  JVS Sponsored YouTube video showcasing the dovetailing of our Program and theirs.

http://www.patriotledger.com/section?template=videodetail&vid=3430724353001&vidtitle=Inside%20the%20biotech%20lab%20at%20Quincy%20College

http://www.patriotledger.com/section?template=videodetail&vid=3430724324001&vidtitle=Bruce%20Van%20Dyke%20gives%20biotech%20basics

http://www.patriotledger.com/section?template=videodetail&vid=3429873074001&vidtitle=Quincy%20College%20Biotech%20Students

 

Links to News Articles / Press Releases

http://m.patriotledger.com/article/20140404/NEWS/140407609   Patriot Ledger. April 5, 2014.

http://www.enterprisenews.com/article/20140317/OPINION/140317404/12325/OPINION  “Three stories of educating your mind, body and soul”, The Enterprise. March 17, 2014.

http://quincycollege.edu/index.php?news/article/students_get_hands-on_biotech_training   April 24, 2014. Boston Herald article posted on QC website

http://m.quincy.wickedlocal.com/article/20140313/NEWS/140318323/12425/NEWS   March 13, 2014. MLSC Capital Grant Award as featured in Wicked Local

http://www.masslifesciences.com/quincy-colleges-grant  March 12, 2014.  MLSC Capital Grant Award – Official MLSC Website Release

http://www.patriotledger.com/article/20140313/NEWS/140318323/0/SEARCH   March, 13, 2014. MLSC Capital Grant Award as featured in the Patriot Ledger

http://www.patriotledger.com/x128256004/From-high-schools-to-public-universities-educators-look-to-address-skills-gap?zc_p=0  Patriot Ledger, Jan 4, 2014

http://www.patriotledger.com/x919113454/Quincy-High-Biotechnical-Engineering-students-visit-Quincy-College-lab#ixzz2mjUUP6nE  Patriot Ledger, Dec. 6, 2013

http://www.bizjournals.com/boston/blog/bioflash/2013/08/quincy-college-opens-new-biotech-labs.html?ana=e_bost_bio&s=newsletter&ed=2013-08-22&u=gVKEyJzpBYLaxIcxlcXeTu6ipDg&t=1377196250   Boston Business Journal, Aug. 22, 2013

http://www.boston.com/business/innovation/blogs/inside-the-hive/2013/08/22/quincy-biotech-lab-has-grand-opening/EL7wUmM9MiLopHYLUj5wXL/blog.html  Boston.com, Aug. 22, 2013

Worcester, MA

Established in 1993, Quinsigamond offers a 12-month, 25-credit Biotechnology Certificate Program that prepares students for work in research and biomanufacturing, with an option for a transferable Associate in Arts degree in General Studies with a Biotechnology concentration. Courses include Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Microbiology, plus industry intern/externships. With an average of 6 to 12 graduates annually, all of them gain employment quickly in biomanufacturing, research, medical, and pharmaceutical laboratories. The biggest employer is Abbott (which also hosts and team teaches the college's Techniques course). Other companies employing graduates are Genzyme, Astra Zenica, Athena Diagnostics and Charles River Laboratories.

Springfield, MA

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.

Maine

South Portland, ME

This program, founded in Fall 2005 is intended for students interested in pursuing either employment or an advanced degree in the rapidly growing field of biotechnology. Students completing this degree will have acquired necessary laboratory skills and theoretical background for either employment or transfer to other four-year colleges or universities like the University of Southern Maine. Career and research opportunities include, but are not limited to, animal sciences, agrigenetics, immunogenetics, pharmaceutics, biomedical technologies, forensics, plus marine and environmental science.A recent University of Maine report funded by the Maine Technology Institute (see Portland Press Herald, February 2, 2003) states that "biotechnology is booming in [Maine], with the industry generating nearly $432 million in sales and employing 3,690 people in 2002." This report continues to add that "the industry's secondary economic impact contributed $685 million and supported 7,135 additional jobs."

New Hampshire

Portsmouth, NH

The New Hampshire Biotechnology Education and Training (NH BET) Center was established at NHCTC in 1994. Three Biotechnology programs are offered. Common to the Biotechnology programs are two hands-on cornerstone courses, Discovery Research and Biomanufacturing. These are offered in a state-of-the-industry facility where students learn the skills, knowledge and attributes of the biotech industry. Most graduates are found at Biomanufacturing companies with jobs in Cell Culture, Purification, Quality Control Biochemistry, Quality Control Microbiology, Quality Assurance, Validation, and Process Development. The A.S. degree program is transferable to 4 year colleges. The Center also houses the Northeast Region of Bio-Link, the Center of Expertise in Biomanufacturing and the Northeast Biomanufacturing Center and Collaborative. The Center trains teachers and faculty in hands-on Biotechnology and incumbent workers through the NortheastBiomanufacturing Institute. Thirty 2005-2006 graduates are working in biomanufacturing at the following companies: Lonza, Wyeth, Amgen (RI and CA), GlycoFi (Merck), Milllipore, BioServe (CA), BiogenIdec, and Perkin Elmer Life Science.

Milford, NH

Biotechnology I, II, III:   full year program
Biotechnology is advanced science, offering a series of courses in preparation for industry or college. College credit from the New Hampshire Community Technical College can be earned through the Running Start Program described below.

Plymouth, NH

Biotechnology, Bachelor of Science
This major focuses on biology at the molecular level and reflects the importance of science at the biology/chemistry interface. Independent laboratory work is emphasized and the senior research project is mandatory. The program prepares students for work in the field of biotechnology as well as industries such as chemical companies, pharmaceutical companies, and environmental firms. This major also provide students with the core courses required for admission to professional and graduate schools.

Exeter, NH

Biotechnology is a college preparatory program designed for students wanting to pursue a career in the medical field as a medical doctor, researcher, geneticist, pathologist, biochemist or forensic scientist among others. This program meets the biology and health requirements for high school graduation and also offers advanced science credits. Honors or college prep credits can be contracted for. The course is approved for 15 college credits through Project Running Start. Microbiology and Biology college credits can be earned. Students who successfully complete Biotechnology I may be eligible for Biotechnology II and III (internship) on a competitive basis, as well as, Health Sciences I and Animal & Plant Science L A great deal of independence and a preparedness for college level work is required. Successful completion of Chemistry is recommended. Prerequisites: Freshman Science (B or better) and Algebra I (or taken concurrently).

New York

Buffalo, NY

Erie Community College has partnered with local pharmaceutical, medical device and food processing companies to train entry-level biomanufacturing technicians.

ECC’s Biomanufacturing Certificate Program provides graduates with an affordable education that combines actual biomanufacturing practices, lean manufacturing and hands-on lab equipment experiences.

Department Chair: Kris Gorman

Texas

College Station, TX

The National Center for Therapeutics Manufacturing (NCTM) is a first-of-its-kind, interdisciplinary workforce education institution and biopharmaceutical manufacturing facility located at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.  With the mission to train and develop a highly-skilled workforce for the vital U.S. and global pharmaceutical manufacturing industry, NCTM’s curriculum incorporates principles of engineering and science in a variety of focus areas, including bioprocess equipment operations; process development, optimization, and scale-up; monitoring, analysis and testing; GLP, GMP, quality, regulatory, and much more.  The NCTM’s well-appointed analytical and wet labs, cell culture suite, conference halls, simulation software training laboratory, and fully-equipped cGMP training suite – outfitted with cutting-edge upstream and downstream bioprocess equipment – provide some of the most interactive and realistic pharmaceutical manufacturing training environments available on the market today. 

The NCTM offers accredited academic and technical certificate programs, professional development, and industry training-on-demand via didactic instruction, hands-on and simulation training, and blended/distance learning.  The NCTM has also created a vibrant series of outreach activities to continue to fill the workforce pipeline, including STEM camps, educator workshops, and industry internships.  All NCTM training is developed and delivered by industry-experienced instructors and academic subject matter experts from a broad range of disciplines.  Current workers can learn new skills to continue to meet the demands of a rapidly changing industry, and new hires can gain a running start, lessening the need for on-the-job training.  For more information about NCTM and its programs, please visit nctm.tamu.edu.

College Station, TX

The National Center for Therapeutics Manufacturing (NCTM) is a first-of-its-kind, multidisciplinary workforce education institution and biopharmaceutical manufacturing center, located at Texas A&M University.