NCBW Timeline and Digital Archive 2005-2019

Bioscience Workforce Updates

National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce

The National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce (NCBW) has strong ties to national bioscience workforce development dating back to 2005. It has led several federally funded Bioscience workforce initiatives. The NCBW work focuses on capacity building, best practice and skills standard generation.

During 2012 - 2016, the NCBW became the operational site for the Community College Consortium for the Biosciences Credentials (c³bc) initiative, funded by the US DOL under a round two Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College & Career Training (TAACCCT) grant.

NCBW is home to the 2019 Bioscience Industry Fellowship Program (BIFP) which is sponsored by National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Award #1304010 and our association with NIIMBL. The BIFP is a three week observational and hands-on fellowship program where selected instructors reside in Winston–Salem, North Carolina, during June, for an immersion in NC Bioscience; educational institutions, training facilities, laboratories, classrooms, and industrial and education sites including BRITE, Capstone and BTEC. The BIFP is open to high school, community college, or university instructors, from all disciplines, in good standing at their home institution. Applications are reviewed on a first come first serve basis for eligible candidates. For more information, please contact: Russ Read, rread@forsythtech.edu or Mary Flournoy, mflournoy@forsythtech.edu at NCBW.

Our latest NSF ATE Award # 1800909 is a called Skills Biomedical Emerging Technology Applications (BETA Skills). The project is advanced technological education around “convergent technology platforms” supporting product research, development and/or manufacturing at the interface between biomedical devices and tissue engineering. Objectives are to (1) define BETA core skills for national use by educators, researchers and employers; and (2) connect BETA competencies to the emergence of technician-specialists with a new, higher-level set of specialized core skills. Our partners in this grant are the National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce at Forsyth Tech Community College (Winston-Salem, NC) leading BETA Skills with co-PIs leading nodes at Ivy Tech Community College (Bloomington, IN); Anoka-Ramsey Community College (Coon Rapids, MN), and College of the Canyons (Santa Clarita, CA).
The NCBW has is a member of NIIMBL- The National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals. It is also a member of NCBIO, North Carolina’s bioscience trade association.  
The NCBW has an outstanding laboratory which is available for equipment and bench space rental and serves as well in an educational capacity.

Now accepting applications for the June 3-21 2019 Biosciences Industry Fellowship Program


Biosciences Industry Fellows 2018


Atkins Teacher Terry Howerton Awarded for Presentation on Summer Fellowship

Terry Howerton, Teacher, Atkins Academic and Technology High School, Winston –Salem, NC and Dr. Deborah Overath, Professor, Texas Southmost College, both graduates of the NSF ATE Biosciences Industry Fellowship Program 2018, were recognized at the recent NSF ATE PI meeting celebrating its 25th anniversary. They are pictured with Russ Read Executive Director, National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce.








BIFP Program information for:    2018 - 2017 - 2016 - 2015 - 2014