Latest Event Updates

Announcing Biotech Day 2018

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

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

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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ABE Implementation Assistance

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ABE Volunteers are available to assist you in the classroom during the school year. They are all fully ABE trained and have completed background checks through the San Diego County Office of Education. In addition, they love to share their research experience and career path with your students. Please contact me at: to contact a volunteer and schedule a visit.

Here is an example of Sam’s experience in the classroom:

“Working with Trudy (LSSI ABE Teacher), it was obvious that the students were really enthusiastic about the labs. ABE provides amazing materials that are accessible to both students and teachers– the toughest aspect of the labs is making sure you’re efficient enough to get things done in time. 

It would take forever to go through each lab and nitpick how every minute of time is spent, but here’s an example:

In laboratory 5, they provide a flowchart (page 137 in the Teacher Guide). About half way down, they say to keep P- and P+ tubes on ice for 15 minutes and then label LB, LB/Amp, and LB/amp/ara plates. First, the P- and P+ tubes would be fine if they were kept on ice for just 5 minutes. Second, plates can be labeled by students while they are waiting for their tubes to sit. There is another incubation period later in the protocol, and the same rules apply. 

In addition, the plates don’t need to be placed at 37 degrees for 24 hours if a teacher does not have an incubator. They can actually be placed at room temp for ~3-4 days and it should yield the same results. Plates with colonies can always be left at 4 degrees. They’re good for months. 

I’m more than happy to nitpick labs 1 on 1 with teachers. As I mentioned, they are always welcome to email me and we can set up a time to talk about how they can cut down on wait time for whatever lab they plan to do, and make small changes that will allow them to complete the labs even if their classroom setup or resources are less than ideal. This may allow them to do a lab they thought they couldn’t do otherwise.”