Workforce Updates

National Collaboration Yields First Skill Standards and Curriculum for Cell-based and Gene Therapies

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November 2022

NSF ATE Grants NCBW $115,989 for Novel BETA Skills Fellowship Program

Forsyth Tech’s National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce (NCBW) has been granted $115,989 for an in-depth fellowship program to prepare instructors and students to meet the growing demands for workforce-ready biotechnology professionals.
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October 2022

STEM Students Discuss Community College Experience and Career Options at 2022 ATE PI Conference

Forsyth Tech ATE PI panelist Samuel Ruiz examines forensic data with mentor Dr. Jason Gagliano in NCBW’s AMSD Lab
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August 2022

AMSDL Lab Interns Gain Mass Spectrometer Expertise

Forsyth Tech Stem students learned how to operate the Lab’s NSF-funded QTOF Mass Spectrometer as part of summer internships.
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July 2022

HI-TEC Conference Features New Professional Development Models

Biosciences Leadership Institute Session BETA Skills

BioMADE Mobilizes Workforce Development Site Tour

University, community college, and government leaders visited sites across the U.S. to assess industry workforce needs.
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SciTech Lecture Series

SciTech Interview with Yosauri Fernandez-Figuereo

November 2022
International Forsyth Tech graduate Yosauri Fernandez-Figuereo is interviewed by Dr. Gary Green, Russ Read, and Sean Killebrew about her FT experience and WFIRM internship, and she looks ahead to her PhD studies at Wake Forest University and career.

Quantitative Time of Flight (QTOF)

October 2022
Dr. Jason Gagliano, Kara Libby, and Michaela Romero discuss the QTOF

Developing a Globally-Educated Workforce Through Cultural Exchange

August 2022
Dr. Gretel Mara Hunzicker, Fulbright Scholar and Professor at the Institute of Basic and Applied Sciences
Universidad Nacional de Villa Maria (UNVM) Argentina

Virtue Labs: How Teamwork Grows Career and Company Success

April 2022
Dr. Erin Falco, Principal Investigator, Virtue Labs
Bill Jacobsen, Head of Operations. Virtue Labs

National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce

The National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce (NCBW) provides leadership and a collaborative platform that directly connects industry, educators, and workforce developers to meet the nation’s ever-evolving bioscience workforce needs.

With its focus on capacity building, best practices, professional development, and skills standard generation, NCBW has led several federally funded bioscience workforce initiatives that both promote and build dynamic, on-the-ground, regional and national communities of practice that engage bioscience employers, colleges, trade and workforce organizations, and advanced manufacturing institutes.

Currently, NCBW leads the NSF ATE Skills for Biomedical Emerging Technology Applications (BETA Skills) project which explores advanced technological education for technician-specialists working in convergent technology and is a partner in InnovATEBIO, the NSF ATE National Center for Biotechnology Education, focusing on its Leadership Institute and on assessing emerging technology skill training needs.

Since 2009, NCBW’s public SciTech Lecture Series has attracted a large and diverse monthly audience. Students, faculty, entrepreneurs, scientists, and other interested participants from throughout the community have participated in more than eighty sessions.

NCBW is also home to a state-of-the-art Analytical and Molecular Skills Development Laboratory which provides advanced training and internships for students, as well as equipment and bench space rental to small companies and researchers. AMSDL is a key component of NCBW’s professional development programs which attract bioscience instructors and selected high-school science teachers from across the United States and beyond.