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Hudson Valley Community College Offering Biotechnology/Biomanufacturing Workshops for Teachers This Month

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Friday, Aug. 3, 2012

In an effort to expose more students in the Capital Region to the growing field of biotechnology and biomanufacturing, Hudson Valley Community College is offering free hands-on summer workshops to high school and middle school science teachers, as well as guidance counselors and administrators.

A two-day biotechnology workshop will be held Aug. 20-21 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the college’s labs. Participants will learn about replicating DNA, making genetically modified foods and investigating crime scenes while completing labs using polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technology. Some participants may also qualify to use our lending equipment and lab kits to repeat the labs in their class during this coming school year. Participants should plan to attend both days.

A three-day biomanufacturing workshop will be held Aug. 22-24 from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Biomanufactured products are made of, or by, living cells. They include: pharmaceuticals, replacement organs, dietary supplements, industrial enzymes and biofuels. These workshops will focus on the biology and chemistry concepts today’s technicians apply in all aspects of biomanufacturing -- including production, purification and quality control. Participants do not have to attend all three days.

The college offers a biotechnology A.S. degree and biotechnology certificate program for those who are interested in entering the field.

Participants can register online at Workshop space is limited and lunch will be provided. For more information about biotechnology at the college, contact Nancy Bush, at 629-7681 or This is an equal opportunity program supported by a DOL/ETA grant.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 14,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 65,000 alumni.