Help the next generation of biotech workers by serving on a Community College Advisory Committee

May 3, 2011

Give back to the biotech community by serving on a Community College Advisory Board.

Advisory Board Members provide a critical link between the college and the external community by providing guidance in areas such as curriculum development, internships, job opportunities, and may also be able to provide access to tours, guest speakers, equipment and technology. Members offer a significant perspective on workforce preparation, help assess employer needs and provide meaningful program assessment and review.

We are looking for individuals from mid / upper management currently involved in research, development or manufacturing who will provide input and opportunities for students and be willing to share their expertise about the industrial work environment. Preferred skill areas include—but are not limited to—bio manufacturing with an expertise in cell culture and/or protein purification, assay development, good manufacturing practices, and regulatory compliance.

Community college students use research-quality laboratory equipment to master the laboratory techniques commonly used in biotechnology, cell culture, protein purification and recombinant DNA technology. In addition, students receive extensive hands-on, industry-specific laboratory skills, including aseptic technique, media preparation, quality control, documentation and validation. Community college programs highlight “job readiness” and reinforce the importance of communication, organization, team work and time management. Graduates of these programs qualify for entry level positions in a wide range of biotechnology disciplines or may transfer to four-year colleges and universities.

In 2009, the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council and the Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation created the Massachusetts Life Science Education Consortium. The Consortium is partnership between the life science industry and higher education to develop the future work-force of the state’s life sciences industry. Last year saw the Consortium celebrate the first-ever industry endorsements of biotechnology degree and certificate programs for 11 community colleges across the state. To help build on these achievements, we are now assisting community colleges in the process of recruiting Advisory Committee Members to serve on their volunteer advisory board.

If you are interested in taking an active role in the development of the future life sciences workforce, or if you have any questions, please contact Lance Hartford at 617-674-5131 or




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