Building the Biotechnology Program at Montgomery College by elizabethberkley

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									  Building the Biotechnology
Program at Montgomery College
           Dr. Collins Jones
    Biotechnology Program Director
     Overview of the Approach
• A three stage process (ideally)

  – communicate with local industry

  – develop relevant curriculum

  – recruit students
       Working with Industry
• Define required skill sets

• Develop internship opportunities

• Ask for program support
       Discovering Skill Sets
• Research local industry
• Prepare list of skills based on your
  knowledge
• Request meetings with lab managers / study
  directors
• Share your list and ask / listen - add or
  delete
• Be honest about deliverables
      Internship Opportunities
• Define the goal of an internship
  – job opportunity, learning opportunity or both
• Develop a mutually beneficial model
• When possible involve Scientists and
  Human Resources simultaneously
• Keep it simple
• Protect your students
  – duties / time before hire / benefits
            Program Support
• Scholarships
• Equipment donation
• Disposables (donate or provide funds)
  – all of the above are tax deductible
• Internships
• Faculty (guest lecturers - single class)
   What’s in this for Industry ?
• Trained entry level workforce
  – input into education and training process

  – practical working skills - less time to productivity

  – better retention of entry level level employees

  – contribution to community - good public relations
      Developing Curriculum
• Based on industry input
• Consider academic requirements
   articulation with 4-year or higher institutions
• Define needs
     space (classrooms / prep room / storage)
     equipment (~ $18, 000 per bench at MC /other- e.g.
      BSCs )
     personnel [faculty (release time) , lab tech,
      secretarial staff - in my dreams]
      Developing the Curriculum
                Part 2
• Faculty responsibilities – dedicated full time
  Biotech faculty member
  –   teach courses
  –   coordinates the program (one person)
  –   interact with industry
  –   develop curriculum and keep current
  –   market the program
  –   oversee part-time faculty and lab techs
  –   advise students
  –   assist with fund raising
  –   obtain articulation agreements
   Developing the Curriculum:
             Part 3
• Administrator Responsibilities:
  – support the program
     • Commit to a full time faculty member for program
     • run classes below cut-off enrollment numbers (initially)
     • faculty release time for development and
       maintenance
     • adequate space and funding for program
     • ensure coordination between all involved parties
       within the college community - single point of
       contact
     • support (continuous) marketing
                   Recruitment
• What is the market ?
  – external (not currently enrolled at college)
     •   high school students
     •   industry - current employees
     •   adults changing careers
     •   inadequately trained B.S. and M.S. graduates
  – internal (current students at college)
     • chemistry, biology, health science students
             Recruitment tools
                  Part 1
• Naming your program (e.g. Biotechnology Program – not
  Laboratory Technician / Assistant)
• College Catalog / Counselors
• Brochures
• Letters
• Newspaper advertisements
• Classroom presentations
   – college
   – high school
• Web site
          Recruitment Tools
                Part 2
• Class offerings
  – Scheduled times (allow working people to
    attend classes - e.g. evening classes)
  – Guarantees class will run (in beginning)
• Scholarships (industry)
• Articulation agreements with 4-year and
  above institutions
• Internships to jobs and job benefits
       Recruitment Challenges
• Credibility
  – perception of community college
• Articulation / transferability
  – a “ terminal degree”
• Job opportunities
  – starting salaries
  – advancement opportunities
• Continuous marketing
              Lessons Learned
             (cautions / pitfalls)
• Strategic planning
   – controlled growth - class size vs. resources - poorly
     trained students can destroy credibility
• Single point of contact (especially at beginning)
   – avoid dilution and confusion - everyone on same page
   – continuity of instruction and policy
   – too much help is no help...

• Class size
   – too large cannot be taught successfully
               Lessons Learned
                    Part 2
• Budget
  – increase in class size from 10 to 16 students can double
    or triple costs
  – initially equipping a lab is expensive
• Internships
   optional - recognize which students will and will not succeed
     honest evaluation is critical for everyone (program,
      employers, student)

• Initial Selectivity with Industry
  – support those who support you
  – don’t promise what you can’t deliver
  Summary of Development of the Biotechnology
       Program at Montgomery College


• Curriculum is industry mandated and
  adapted to academics
• Patience is crucial - 3 years + to growth
• Marketing is key to growth
• Curriculum development and program
  maintenance is time intensive
• High school recruiting remains a challenge
  Building a Biotechnology
    Program: Summary
                   Marketing/
                   recruitment
Curriculum /
Delivery




                  Industry support /
                  Rewards
   Thank you!

Dr. Collins Jones
Biotechnology Coordinator
Montgomery College
Germantown MD
301-353-1910
cjones@mc.cc.md.us
            Growth of Biotechnology Program at
                   Montgomery College

                                    BT Enrollment

           120
                                                               100
           100
                                                        75
            80
Students




                                                                     Spring
                                                              59
            60                                                       Fall
            40                           3134          35            Projected
                           27       24          2832
                  21
                            14    16
            20
                       1
             0
                 1995      1996   1997   1998   1999   2000   2001
                                     Academic Year
    Biotechnology Courses at Montgomery
                  College
•   BT 101 Introduction to Biotechnology
•   BT 115 Instrumentation for Biotechnology
•   BT 117 Cell Culture and Cell Function
•   BT 200 Protein Biotechnology
•   BT 204 Immunology and Immunological Methods
•   BT 213 Nucleic Acid Methods
•   BT 220 Biotechnology Practicums
•   BT ??? Introduction to Bioinformatics
•   BT ??? Principles of Manufacturing for Biotechnology
Distribution of Students in
 Biotechnology Courses
  Number of Students in BT Classes



       11%             22%
                                     BT 101
25%                                  BT 117
                                     BT 204
                                     BT 213
                                     BT 217
                          21%
          21%
Employment Status of Montgomery College
       Biotechnology Students


      50                      44
      40        33
      30                                   23
  %
      20
      10
      0
           Working in BT Working but   Not Working
                          not BT
Breakdown of Marketing Success
  for Recruitment of Students

    40
    30
  % 20

    10
     0




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