Brief History of MATC Biotech Associate degree program began in 1987 One of the earliest in the U.S. Founded by Dr. Joy McMillan Complete biotechnology curriculum 70 credits to A.A.S. 39 credits biotechnology Challenges No Instructional materials Isolation Would it work?
Progress The end of isolation Many programs throughout the country Bio-Link network of workforce educators National Science Foundation support Advanced Technology Education (DUE) Many high-quality instructional materials Faculty Professional Development Outreach It does work! From students Success of individuals; many stories From employers Recognition of the role of two year grads Job description qualification Demand exceeds supply
Bio-Link: www.bio-link.org National Center for Biotechnology Workforce Education
MATC Biotech Program Evolution 1987 Biotechnology Laboratory Technician Program Associate of Applied Science, A.A.S. 2002-2003 Post-baccalaureate certificate- one year Bioinformatics certificate: Collaboration with IT department 2005-2006 Biotechnology Intensive Post-Baccalaureate Certificate (BIPBC) “The Intensive” Funded by National Science Foundation, ATE
Post-baccalaureate Certificate: One year Admission requirements BS in life sciences, microbiology, chemistry and cell bio within the last 7 years 21 credits Associate degree courses Basic Lab Methods for Regulated Workplace Bioprocess Technology Chromatography Protein Bioseparations or Cell culture- plant and animal Molecular Biology I and II Applied Biochemistry No additional resources necessary
Why post-bac certificates? Many BS graduates in AAS programs Some completed the degree program Others took just a few courses.. “Jobbed out” Recruitment tool K-12 outreach results Successful outreach/? recruitment
Dear Lisa: Thank you very much for keeping me inform. I am very happy to know what has happened in Madison, of course MATC Biotech Program. I am doing great here. I have learned assays about drug screen, cell apoptosis using human cell culture. I also write experimental protocols. This position gives me a lot opportunities to do experiments and cancer researches. I will travel back to Wisconsin Dell this August. My daughter has a gymnastic camp at Porter, Wisconsin. Have a good weekend, Helen
Intensive Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Would bioscience grads be better served with a separate program? Lisa’s experience in Scotland - PreBIO Program format One semester full time study Not separate courses, 9-4 every day National Science Foundation DUE ATE award
Intensive Curriculum Basic Lab Methods for a Regulated Workplace “The Basics” Core Biotechnology Techniques Bioprocessing and protein purification Mammalian Cell Culture Recombinant DNA Techniques Advanced Topics Microarrays Bioinformatics Independent Projects The Business of Biotechnology Company tours, guest speakers, etc BIO Chicago
Curriculum Features Business operations and management component Work in teams, mock companies Business plan R&D, Production, QA/QC Documentation, SOPs, Batch records Auditor Presentations Venture Capital Fair to all program students Independent Projects at Poster Fair Invite advisory committee, potential employers
So…….How’s it going? 12 students in 2006 class Certificates will be awarded in May Wide range of educational backgrounds, professional experiences, age and interests Fun to teach! They put more pressure on themselves than we put on them Focused, enthusiastic, ask great questions Its intense!
How it works for students They get the skills they need Advantages of this model: Less time to transition to the workplace Fewer credits = less total tuition expense Work together in a cohort instead of spread out among AAS classes Disadvantages: Financial Time commitment Too intense for some Almost impossible to work: support necesssary
Employers are enthusiastic “The availability of a skilled workforce is essential for the continued growth and success of our company. We have hired [two year] program graduates in the past and have been very pleased. This new program [post-baccalaureate intensive] is a way to increase the number of well- prepared individuals who are ready for the biotechnology workplace.” Paul Weiss, President, Gala Biotech, Middleton, WI
Future: Act local..think ? Straightforward Financial resources for students Recruitment/Advertising Dissemination “Institutionalize” it It takes a larger village…
Biotechnology Coursework A.A.S. Degree First year Chemistry Biotechnology Applications Basic Lab Methods Laboratory Math Cell Biology Microbiology Bioprocess Technology Chromatography Hazardous materials, Biosafety, Radioisotopes Career Seminar Second year Protein Bioseparations Cell culture- plant and animal Molecular Biology I Research Methods in Molecular Biology Applied Biochemistry Internship (occupational work experience)
Strengths of the curriculum Technical proficiency on the job Focus on the “basics” “Hit the ground running” “Comfortable in the lab” Understand the culture of the workplace Realistic job expectations