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Biotechnology Certificate programs teach the specific theory and ‘hands-on’ techniques used in biotech companies throughout the region.  Many of our students are hired as laboratory technicians after completing a certificate program.  Two-year Associate Degrees in Science can provide the general biology, chemistry and math background needed for careers in biotechnology.

Additionally, MiraCosta College is now offering a Biomanufacturing Bachelor’s Degree Program. The degree program will prepare students for work within the biotechnology industry in the unique environment of biological production where science thrives in partnership with quality and compliance. For more information about this new program, please visit http://www.miracosta.edu/instruction/biotech/biomanufacturingFAQ.html

We welcome industry involvement to enhance our educational programs to meet your workforce needs.  We can also provide customized training for your employees, contact us at 619.388.7541.

RECENT NEWS

The San Diego- Imperial Region Life Sciences/Biotech Initiative funded through the Doing What Matters for Jobs and Economy continues to provide a comprehensive suite of summer programs for K-12 teachers and students, community college faculty and students, as well as job-seekers.  Through the Southern California Biotech Center (SCBC) at San Diego Miramar College, we continue to Provide In-Demand STEM Education and Work Readiness to Prepare the Future Middle-Skills Workforce.

This coming summer 2018, we continue our flagship programs to be offered at the SCBC, which has robust industry partnerships to deliver STEM education to all age groups.

San Diego Amgen Biotech Experience for Teachers (ABE)

Educating Secondary School Teachers and Students for over a decade! With continued funding from the Amgen Foundation and in partnership with the San Diego Workforce Partnership, 11 new secondary school teachers were trained on the Amgen Biotechnology Experience during the Summer 2017, and 3 were trained in January 2018. These teachers had the opportunity to deepen their knowledge about the biotechnology industry and related biotechnology applications. The next mini- training is scheduled for Fall 2018 and a full training for Summer 2019.

This experience provides educators with the training and supplies they need to bring real-world biotech education into their classrooms. In the 2016-2017 academic year, over 20,000 K-12 students, 90 teachers and 60 schools in the San Diego Region benefited from the Amgen Biotech Experience.

Life Science Summer Institute (LSSI)

A one-week intensive hands-on biotechnology course will be offered at San Diego Miramar College and Grossmont College for high school students. In partnership with the San Diego Workforce Partnership, about 35 high school students will be placed in eight-week life science internships at the Salk Institute, Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) and University of California, San Diego. LSSI starts on June 18, 2018.

Summer 2018 Regional Supply Chain Experience

A San Diego Workforce Partnership (WIB) study surveyed employers about the difficulty in filling nine life sciences/biotechnology non-Ph.D. occupations. The study revealed that quality and regulatory are high growth occupations: Quality Associates (12%) and Regulatory Affairs Specialists (25%) that employers reported the most difficulty in finding. A regional “Supply Chain Experience” will occur this summer where all community colleges in the region will be reached and students will be given the opportunity to be exposed and to learn about Quality and Regulatory Practices.

July 2018_At least 3, 1-day workshops will be conducted through SCBC and at least 75 STEM community college students will be engaged in this career awareness activity.

July 30_ Aug. 3, 2018_ a 3-week “Regional Supply Chain Experience” series of classes covering Quality/Good Manufacturing Practices and Supply Chain Management will be available to STEM students.

Biotechnology Employment Skills Training (B.E.S.T) Workshops

Job seekers and college students will have plenty of opportunities to acquire hours of hands-on training in high demand biotechnology techniques to round out their skills and increase employability. Topics covered include a basic laboratory skills refresher, mammalian cell culture techniques, ELISA, PCR, Quality/GMP Primer, and Fundamentals of Flow Cytometry. Workshops occur several times each year. The next series of workshops will occur

June 11- June 14, 2018

July 24- July 27, 2018

S2 Science Enrichment Programs

We will be offering one session of summer STEM program for students entering grades 5th to 8th, which provides hands-on life science experiences in fully equipped state-of-the-art labs at San Diego Miramar College. The program will occur July 30-Aug. 3, 2018.

 

 

Announcing Biotech Day 2018

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Tuesday, February 13, hosted at San Diego Miramar College.  For registration information, please email Kim Teston kteston@sdccd.edu

Fall 2017 Upcoming Workshops

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The Southern California Biotechnology Center, hosted by San Diego Miramar College, offers the Biotechnology Employment Skills Training (B.E.S.T) workshops several times each year. Each workshop offers a crash course to job seekers and incumbent workers. Participants are expected to have completed college level Chemistry and Biology courses.

The following Workshops are scheduled for the Fall 2017 at San Diego Miramar College. Contact Dr. Sandra Slivka for more information  sslivka@sdccd.edu

The B.E.S.T. workshops will occur on the following dates:

September 21 : Fundamentals of Flow Cytometry

October 3 and 5: PCR/ELISA

October 8: Quality Control

October 10 and 12: Cell Culture

October 20: Fundamentals of Flow Cytometry

December 4-8: Lab Skills

 

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Summer 2017 Update

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SCBC Continues to Provide In-Demand STEM Education and Work Readiness to Prepare the Future Middle-Skills Workforce

The San Diego- Imperial Region Life Sciences/Biotech Initiative funded through the Doing What Matters for Jobs and Economy continues to provide a comprehensive suite of summer programs for K-12 teachers and students, community college faculty and students, as well as job-seekers.  This summer 2017  we continue our flagship programs to be offered at the Southern California Biotechnology Center (SCBC) at San Diego Miramar College, which has robust industry partnerships to deliver STEM education to all age groups.

Life Science Summer Institute (LSSI) for Teachers and Students—Educating Secondary School Teachers and Students for over a decade! With continued funding from the Amgen Foundation and in partnership with the San Diego Workforce Partnership, 17 new secondary school teachers will partake on the Amgen Biotechnology Experience as they deepen their knowledge about the biotechnology industry and related biotechnology applications. LSSI for teachers will occur July 11 through July 19, 2017 at the San Diego Miramar College.

This experience provides educators with the training and supplies they need to bring real-world biotech education into their classrooms. In the 2015-2016 academic year, over 20,000 K-12 students, 78 teachers and 60 schools in the San Diego Region benefited from the Amgen Biotech Experience.

Life Science Summer Institute—A one-week intensive hands-on biotechnology course will be offered at San Diego Miramar College and Grossmont College for high school students. In partnership with the San Diego Workforce Partnership, about 35 high school students will be placed in eight-week life science internships at the Salk Institute, Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) and University of California, San Diego. LSSI for students starts on June 19, 2017.

Biotechnology Employment Skills Training (B.E.S.T) Workshops— Job seekers and college students  will have plenty of opportunities to acquire hours of hands-on training in high demand biotechnology techniques to round out their skills and increase employability in June 2017.

The BEST workshops will occur on the following dates:

June 9_Quality/GMP Primer Workshop

June 12-15_ Biotech Employment Skills Training

June 26-29_Lab Skills Workshop

S2 Science Enrichment Programs— We will be offering one session of summer STEM program for students entering grades 5th to 8th, which provides hands-on life science experiences in fully equipped state-of-the-art labs at San Diego Miramar College. The program will occur July 24-28th 2017.

December 6th-Counselors Conference

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ChemExpo 2016

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HASPI Conference-October 20th

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