9/2007 -- RMC publishes Austin Biotech Workforce Education Consortium: First Year Report
9/2007 -- The Ray Marshall Center has published Austin Biotech Workforce Education Consortium: First Year Report, by Robert W. Glover, providing a first-year assessment of the Austin Biotech Workforce Consortium to augment biotechnology curriculum offerings at Austin Community College (ACC). New programs are being established in three ACC departments. The Biotechnology Department is implementing an 11-week "Fundamentals of Biotechnology Program" as an experiment to determine if specially designed, abbreviated training focused on practical skills is sufficient to prepare individuals to access entry-level biotech jobs. The other two programs provide advanced training for existing students as well as for incumbent workers. At the one-year mark, the report concludes that the project has been successful overall. All targeted courses and specializations have been developed and are being implemented. Further, ACC has proven the viability of using faculty externships to develop meaningful certificate programs in a short time frame in order to meet needs for an emerging technology workforce.