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Summer 2018 Update

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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.

 

 

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.

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

 

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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 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.

LSSI Workshops with Industry Site Visits! Sign-up today.

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The LSSI-ABE San Diego Team is hosting a one-day refresher course on the ABE labs, including an industry visit. The workshop will provide LSSI alums an opportunity to improve upon their skills and knowledge within specific lab sequences:

-Tools of the Trade and What is Genetic Engineering? (think Insulin and Diabetes) -Lab 1

Pipetting, Gel Electrophoresis

-Gene Cloning:  Making and Verifying Recombinant Plasmids-Labs 2-4

Plasmid DNA, Restriction Enzymes and Gel Electrophoresis

-Getting Recombinant Plasmids into Bacteria and Bacteria Multiplication to Make Protein -Labs 5 and 6

Bacterial Transformation and Protein Purification

We plan to tailor this workshop to fit the needs of its participants.  In your RSVP email reply, please include which labs you would like to focus on:  Lab 1, Labs 2-4, or Labs 5-6.

 Date: Wednesday July 22, 2015

Time: 8-5pm

Location: San Diego Miramar College, Science Building S5-102

Lunch is provided. 

Limited Space is available so please sign-up today!

Email: biotech@workforce.org to RSVP

Additional Workshops Available:

ELISA Workshop

July 23rd 8:30-5pm
Open to all new and alumni LSSI teachers. Workshop includes an industry site visit to Pfenex, Inc. Lunch and transportation is provided to an from the industry visit.

Limited Spots available for all workshops. Please sign-up ASAP at: biotech@workforce.org
For more information on the workshops, please visit: http://www.sdbioteched.org

LSSI-AMGEN PROGRAM: JULY 9-16, 2015 APPLICATIONS NOW AVAILABLE

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PROGRAM DATES: JULY 9-16, 2015

DEADLINE TO APPLY: FRIDAY, APRIL 10, 2015

The LSSI-Amgen Program six-day summer institute will take place on July 9-16, 2015 at San Diego Miramar College.  This program takes the place of the previous 12-day LSSI Teacher program but will provide the same overview and training of the Amgen Biotech Experience (ABE) hands-on biotechnology lab series with industry site visits.

This year, the program will be peer-to-peer taught bringing in highly experienced ABE Teachers currently implementing the series in their classrooms. The program will provide hands-on instruction, sharing of best practices, and networking.

The six-day institute is open to local high school and middle school science teachers currently or will be teaching a lab course in the upcoming 2015-2016 school year.

Once teachers complete the training they will receive:

  • Implementation support including loaner lab equipment and supplies
  • Access to other resources and curriculum provided by the Miramar Amgen Teacher Support Center (MATSC) at the Southern California Biotechnology Center
  • Will be part of the ABE community and access to resources, discussion forums, webinars, and teaching materials through the Amgen Biotech Experience
  • Invitation to special industry site visits planned throughout the school year for teachers
  • Implementation support including loaner lab equipment and supplies
  • $500 upon implemention during the following school year (applies only to teachers that implement within our SD-ABE region)

To request an application, please contact: Erika Arangure, Project Coordinator biotech@workforce.org