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Biotech Lab Skills for Job Seekers

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As you know, the Life Sciences Industry is growing and the demand for entry-level positions is outpacing the supply of work-ready job seekers.  I wanted to share with you a list of community college courses being offered around the region, in case you know of anyone that may be interested in a biotech career. Also, please note that some of these courses can also be taken by high school students. Please forward this email to your network. If you have any questions, please contact Gloria Banuelos-DSN Life Sciences/Biotech: gbanuelo@sdccd.edu

INTRODUCTORY BIOTECH COURSES:  Take a biotech course, if you are looking to: 1) increase your hands-on experience with basic laboratory techniques; 2) increase your confidence in working in a scientific lab; and/or 3) want to quickly enter the job market at an entry-level position and work your way up the career ladder. Affordable community college courses at three campuses start on August 22nd and cost $46 a unit.

BTEC 110 Basic Techniques in Biotechnology – 4 units

MiraCosta College: http://catalog.miracosta.edu/disciplines/biotechnology/#courseinventory

OCEANSIDE Campus:  TTh 9am–1pm OR TTh 5:45pm–9:45pm

BIOL 109 Introduction to Applied Biology – 4 units

SD City College: MW 11:10am–4:05pm and TTh 11:10–4:05pm

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BIOL 131 Introduction to Biotechnology –  4 units

SD Miramar Collegehttp://www.sdmiramar.edu/academics/coursedetail?cid=131&sid=BIOL&lid=BIOL

T 9:35pm-12:45pm, partially online.

BIOL 229 Intro to Biological Research I – 3 units

Southwestern College: http://jag.swccd.edu/schedule/detail.aspx?c=03859

CHULA VISTA Campus: F 12–2:15pm Lecture and 2:45–6pm Lab

COURSES ON QUALITY: To move your resume from the “No” to the “Yes” pile, you should be familiar with Principles of Quality and Regulation. Affordable community college courses at two locations and the cost is $46 a unit.

Certified Quality Improvement Associate (ASQ) Exam Prep Course – 3 units

Irvine Valley College: Class is online, starts 08/22/16

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BTEC 120 Business and Regulatory Practices in Biotechnology – 3 units

MiraCosta College: http://catalog.miracosta.edu/disciplines/biotechnology/#courseinventory

Class is all Online, starts 09/06/16

ANALYTICAL LAB EQUIPMENT COURSE: If you are looking to add to your skills by learning new analytical techniques, such as HPLC, GC, LC, and mass and ultraviolet spectrometry, consider taking the following affordable community college course ($46 per unit), which starts August 22nd.

CHEM 251 Quantitative Analytical Chemistry – 5 units, Mondays/Wednesday 5:00-9:45pm at Miramar College. More information below.

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WhoDunnit Forensic Lab Workshop

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Receive training on Amgen Biotech Experience (ABE) Lab 1 with a forensic twist. The “WhoDunnit” Workshop is for new teachers looking to expand their science curriculum to hands-on biotechnology techniques.  Lab 1 focuses on micropipetting and gel electrophoresis. An overview of the lab series will be provided as well as information on the full ABE professional development institute held during the summer.

Location: Grossmont College, Room TBD

Date: September 10, 2016

Time: 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Email: Erika Arangure at biotech@workforce.org to sign-up!

 

2016 Biotech Workshops for Teachers

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Calendar of Upcoming Teacher Workshops
July 6-14, 2016
LSSI-Amgen Teacher Program, Miramar College
Community College and High School Science Teachers will be trained on the Amgen Biotech Experience curriculum. Summer cohort is full.

 

August 13, 2016
LSSI Alumni Workshop, Miramar College
Open to previously trained LSSI teachers. Workshop will include an review of the Amgen Biotech Curriculum, share best practices, and open lab session. Spots still available

August 15, 2016

Industry Visit to J Craig Venter Institute

Open to all previously trained LSSI teachers.  Visit will include a tour of the facility and hands-on workshop with Dr. Sujal Phadke. Workshop will teach the Avida-Ed software that can be used to teach biology evolution and the scientific method. Spots still available

September 10, 2016    
WhoDunnit Lab Workshop, Grossmont College 
Learn new lab curriculum using biotechnology tools to solve a crime. Spots still available

September 24, 2016      
LSSI Alumni Workshop, Location TBD
Open to previously trained LSSI teachers. Workshop will include an review of the Amgen Biotech Curriculum, share best practices, and open lab session. Spots still available

October 8, 2016    
WhoDunnit Lab Workshop, Miracosta College
Learn new lab curriculum using biotechnology tools to solve a crime. Spots still available

To RSVP for a workshop, please contact Erika Aranguré, biotech@workforce.org

2016 LSSI-Amgen Teacher Program

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Application now open for the 2016 LSSI-Amgen Teacher Program.

Program dates: July 6-14, 2016 at San Diego Miramar College

Deadline to apply: April 15, 2016

Apply here: https://form.jotform.com/sd_lssi/teacherapplication 

 

Key Program Features:

  • $500 one-time stipend for implementation of one or more labs in a classroom located within San Diego County during the 2016-2017 academic school year. Teachers may use of the following LSSI-Amgen Distribution Centers: San Diego Miramar College, Mira Costa College, or Mt. San Jacinto College.

    Eligibility Requirements:

  • Option to purchase continuing education units from Cal State San Marcos Extended

    Learning.

  • Visit biotechnology companies and interact with science professionals.
  • Receive on-going support for curriculum implementation, including loaner equipment and supplies.
  • Learn first-hand biotech techniques that are being used by scientists in the field of biotechnology using the Amgen Biotech Experience (A.B.E.) Curriculum (amgenbiotechexperience.com).
  • Must be teaching lab-based courses in the biological, chemical, or physical sciences at a public or private high school or community college within San Diego County.
  • Must be able to provide their own transportation each day of the program.
  • Must agree to implement new A.B.E curriculum in their classroom during the approaching school year and in subsequent years with the support of supplies, equipment, and program staff from Southern California Biotechnology Center.

Questions:
Email: Biotech@workforce.org

Web: http://www.matsc.org/Externships.htm

 

Register today-“WhoDunit” Intro. Workshop

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LSSI “Whodunit” Introductory Workshop

 Saturday, January 23, 2016

Hosted at Miracosta College

8:30-12:00pm

RSVP by Email: Biotech@workforce.org

Receive training on Amgen Biotech Experience (ABE) Lab 1 with a forensic science focus. The “Whodunit” Workshop is for new science teachers looking to expand their curriculum to hands-on biotechnology techniques.

ABE Lab 1 focuses on micropipetting and gel electrophoresis. An overview of the lab series will be provided as well as information on the full ABE professional development institute to be held summer 2016. Save the date: July 6-14, 2016

  • Hands-on training
  • Access to loaner equipment and free supplies
  • Priority acceptance to summer PD program

 

For more information, please contact:

Erika, Project Coordinator

biotech@workforce.org

619.228.2920

www.sdbioteched.org

Twitter: @SD_LSSI

 

Upcoming Workshops-Save the date

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LSSI Alumni Workshop and NGSS Discussion

Saturday, December 5, 2015 at San Diego Workforce Partnership

10:00-3:00pm

To register, email: Biotech@workforce.org

The Amgen Program Office will be in California conducting focus groups that will help them gain insight about teacher’s knowledge and implementation of the NGSS as well as what resources will be helpful to them. The San Diego site was selected as a target audience and we will be hosting this session at San Diego Workforce Partnership’s office.

A $25 gift card will be provided for your participation and feedback. Lunch will also be provided.

 

 

LSSI “Whodunit” Introductory Workshop

Saturday, January 23, 2016 at Miracosta College

8:30-12:00pm

Register at: https://www.amgenbiotechexperience.com/sd-lssi-introductory-abe-workshop

Receive training on ABE lab 1 with a forensic twist. The Who Done it Workshop is for new teachers looking to expand their science curriculum to hands-on biotechnology techniques.  Lab 1 focuses on micropipetting and gel electrophoresis. An overview of the lab series will be provided as well as information on the full ABE professional development institute held during the summer.

 

 

LSSI Alumni Workshop

Saturday, January 30, 2016

8:30-5pm

Register at: https://www.amgenbiotechexperience.com/lssi-workshop-veteran-teachers

Come and meet with past LSSI alumni teachers and receive an overview of the Amgen Biotech Experience labs 1-6.  Lunch will be provided.

Save the Date-Upcoming ABE Workshops

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LSSI Alumni Workshop

Saturday, November 14thPostponed. Please check back for date/time.

Register at: https://www.amgenbiotechexperience.com/san-diego-lssi-veteran-teacher-workshop

Come and meet with past LSSI alumni teachers and receive an overview of the Amgen Biotech Experience labs 1-6.  Lunch will be provided.

LSSI “Whodunit” Introductory Workshop

Saturday, January 23, 2015 at Miracosta College

Register at: https://www.amgenbiotechexperience.com/sd-lssi-introductory-abe-workshop

Receive training on ABE lab 1 with a forensic twist. The Who Done it Workshop is for new teachers looking to expand their science curriculum to hands-on biotechnology techniques.  Lab 1 focuses on micropipetting and gel electrophoresis. An overview of the lab series will be provided as well as information on the full ABE professional development institute held during the summer.

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Foodborne Outbreak Lab Workshop hosted by Embi Tec + Miramar College

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Embi Tec, a local biotechnology company in partnership with Miramar College would like you to attend a Foodborne Outbreak Lab workshop that you can teach the Scientific Method in your classroom with your students.

We’d like you to participate in this pilot lab and give us some feedback to help us ensure that this curriculum and lab is in alignment with inquiry based learning for high school students.

 

What:      Foodborne Outbreak Lab

Where:    Miramar College, 10440 Black Mountain Road San Diego, CA

                Science Building, Room S5-102

When:     Saturday September 26th, 9:00am to 12:00pm

Breakfast will be provided, so please RSVP with Pauline at: pauline_cheng@theminione.com by September 23rd 2015.

 

Save the Date-Upcoming ABE Workshops

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LSSI Alumni Workshop and NGSS Discussion

Saturday, December 5, 2015 at San Diego Workforce Partnership

10:00-3:00pm

To register, email: Biotech@workforce.org

The Amgen Program Office will be in California conducting focus groups that will help them gain insight about teacher’s knowledge and implementation of the NGSS as well as what resources will be helpful to them. The San Diego site was selected as a target audience and we will be hosting this session at San Diego Workforce Partnership’s office.

A $25 gift card will be provided for your participation and feedback. Lunch will also be provided.

LSSI “Whodunit” Introductory Workshop

Saturday, January 23, 2016 at Miracosta College

8:30-12:00pm

Register at: https://www.amgenbiotechexperience.com/sd-lssi-introductory-abe-workshop

Receive training on ABE lab 1 with a forensic twist. The Who Done it Workshop is for new teachers looking to expand their science curriculum to hands-on biotechnology techniques.  Lab 1 focuses on micropipetting and gel electrophoresis. An overview of the lab series will be provided as well as information on the full ABE professional development institute held during the summer.

LSSI Alumni Workshop

Saturday, January 30, 2016

8:30-5pm

Register at: https://www.amgenbiotechexperience.com/lssi-workshop-veteran-teachers

Come and meet with past LSSI alumni teachers and receive an overview of the Amgen Biotech Experience labs 1-6.  Lunch will be provided.

2015 LSSI 6-Day Program Overview

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From July 9th to July 16th biology and chemistry teachers from all over San Diego county attended this 6-day program, their challenge – to learn the Amgen Biotech Experience (ABE) curriculum.  The class was taught at San Diego Miramar College by Sharon Price, Dr. Gloria Bañuelos, Dr. Sandra Slivka and past LSSI ABE teacher alumni.  The program certifies and gives teachers the necessary tools in order to facilitate the implementation of the curriculum into their classrooms.  By introducing students to ABE with the relevant biotech lab techniques, curricula and tools, high school and middle school students are more likely to be interested in careers in scientific discovery.

Lab 6 results: success!
Lab 6 results: success!

Besides completing labs and interactive activities, teachers heard from Octavio Espinosa from BioSurplus, Inc. speak about his path through a biotechnology career. Teachers also participated in industry site visits to Pharmatek, Ballast Point and Pfizer in order to be informed on what working in a biotechnology lab is like as well as the interconnected career paths many scientists can take.     

Hands-on activity at Pharmatek
Hands-on activity at Pharmatek with teachers and James Keegan.

Pharmatek speakers included: Lisa Caralli, Amy Fager, Collin Burger, Jon Hendricks, Scott Stirn, Christine Obana, Jenn Samore, Roger Parks and Vivian Hansen.

Pfizer speakers included: Oleg Sten and Mike Greig.

To learn more about the ABE or register for next summer, please visit www.amgenbiotechexperience.com or contact: Erika Arangure, Erika@workforce.org