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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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: biotech@workforce.org 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.”

MiniOne System-Free PD Training

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Southern California Biotechnology Center (SCBC) and the San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP) will be hosting a free PCR workshop (morning session) and a Foodborne Outbreak Investigation training (afternoon session) on Saturday, September 24th 9-4 p.m.  Both workshops will use the MiniOne System. Come for one or both sessions for more labs that complement the Amgen Biotech Experience. For example, you may want to implement Amgen Lab 1 with the MiniOne System- attending one of the sessions would be a great way to familiarize yourself with the equipment.

Sign-up at: biotech@workforce.org and let us know which training session you would like to attend.

Additional Information:


San Diego Miramar College, Science Building S5-102

10440 Black Mountain Road

San Diego, CA



Morning Session (9am start time)

1) PCR featuring MiniOne System*

2) SCBC/Amgen Biotech Experience Updates

Lunch 12-1pm

Afternoon Session (1pm start time)

1) Foodborne Outbreak Investigation: Bad Food at a Good Party*

2) Analyzing PCR Results

Please note while free training will be provided there is a fee for implementing the PCR and Foodborne Outbreak Labs with your students.

$50 per class of 40 students for the PCR consumables

$120 fee per class (10 groups of students) for the Foodborne Outbreak Investigation


Careers in Biotechnology-CA Community Colleges

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Learn more about job opportunities in biotechnology through the CA Community Colleges.