Called Bioprocessing in the Workplace, the 128-hour continuing education program will be offered in 12-hour modules between January and May. It is designed for anyone interested in pursuing a career in a biotechnology-related field; however, it is targeted at high school graduates and employees who have lost jobs.
“This is a real opportunity to learn a skill that could last a lifetime,” said Tim Nance, BCC’s customized training director. “North Carolina is rated third in the nation in biotechnology, and the field is growing across the state at a phenomenal rate.
“We here at BCC were able to access a grant of more than $47,000 from the North Carolina Bio Network to purchase equipment to develop the
program. That has enabled us to begin implementing it this year,” Nance explained.
“The program is designed to lay the foundation for or enhance one’s entry level experience in biotechnology,” he added. “Some of the modules of training are Basic Lab Safety, Basic Chemical Processes, Introduction to Quality Systems, Basic Microbiology, and Applied Sterile Processing/Applied Cell Culture.”
The first class will begin on Jan. 26 and continue through May 13, on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Additionally, it will include classes on five Saturdays. The cost is $65.
Bioprocessing in the Workplace is the first of a number of biotechnology-related programs BCC plans to offer in the future. Current plans call for the eventual incorporation of biotechnology into the college’s curriculum programs. When that occurs, the college could begin offering associate degrees, certificates and diplomas.
For information on this program, contact Nance at 879-5561 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.