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


  • 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.

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


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




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


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


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


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.

Statewide Biotech Career Site Launches!

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Calbiotechcareers supports industry responsive regional training by CA Community Colleges.  College programs provide hands-on training to prepare entry-level, work-ready trainees with in-demand skills. Besides this ‘know-how,’ training provides the ‘know-why’ so that trained individuals can adapt to a dynamic industry. 

Visit: CalBiotechCareers.org to discover resources for job seekers and employers in need of a trained workforce. 


First Forensic Workshop of the year-Success!

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On Saturday, January 11th the Life Sciences Summer Institute (LSSI) team held their 1st Forensic workshop on the year.  Twelve teachers attended the training at San Diego Miramar College and received hands-on training on the “Who Done It” lab and introduction to the Amgen Biotech Experience.

If you haven’t had a chance to attend, the next training is: Saturday, February 22, 2014 9-12pm.

To reserve a spot, email Erika, erika@workforce.org

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Quotes from Teacher Participants:

“Excellent job. Loved being able to “do” the lab and appreciate the food and relaxed atmosphere! Thank you!”

-Teacher at The Rock Academy

“I am a chemistry teacher usually now teaching a Forensic class with limited bio gel running experience so this was great!  Thank you for letting us make the gel. I know I can do this in my class.”

-Teacher at Eastlake High School