Jim DeKloe serves as the director and founder of the industrial biotechnology program at Solano College in the North San Francisco Bay area. This program emphasizes biomanufacturing by training students in the skills required to work in companies that have located in the biotech manufacturing cluster in Solano County (located half way between San Francisco and Sacramento). He also served as the regional director of the Southwest Region of Bio-Link, the nationwide consortium of community and technical colleges that teach biotech. On sabbatical he worked in the manufacturing department of biotech pioneer Genentech Inc. He also served as a consultant to help biotech giant Amgen redesign the training programs for their biomanufacturing technicians and for their quality assurance associates. He currently serves on the advisory committee for the Explorer Education Division of BioRad, and on the advisory committees of multiple college and high school biotechnology programs. In 2000, the Association of Community College Trustees chose Jim as the Distinguished Faculty Member of the Pacific Region which includes the Western United States and Canada, Hawaii Alaska and Guam. In 2011 Solano College faculty chose Jim as the Distinguished Faculty Member of the Year. In 2015 the American Association of Community Colleges honored him as a finalist for their Faculty Innovation award. He is currently working as a part of a team to design a Bachelors in Biomanufacturing program that will have its the first class graduate in 2019. The launch of the upper division part of the program will coincide with the opening of a new $ 34.5 million biotechnology training center on the Solano College Vacaville campus.