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04/15/2013
Hudson Valley Community College Offers Free Eight-Session Course for Those Seeking Entry-level Careers in Biotechnology Labs

MEDIA CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072 e.bryant@hvcc.edu
FOR RELEASE: Monday, April 15, 2013

A free, eight-session course designed to provide basic skills for those interested in entry-level laboratory work will be offered at Hudson Valley Community College.

The course will run from 7 to 10 p.m. for four weeks on Tuesday and Thursday evenings in May and will cover laboratory safety, equipment, solution preparation and standard operating procedures used in fields like biotechnology, biomanufacturing, food science, forensics and health care. Those who successfully complete the course will be offered job search assistance. The college will also offer a complementary free course in Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) designed for those working in a variety of manufacturing industries.

A Biotechnology Career Night to learn more about the program and careers in biotechnology will be Tuesday, April 30, at 7 p.m. in the college’s Bulmer Telecommunications Center. College faculty members will review the biotechnology industry and representatives from biotechnology labs in the area will be on hand to discuss careers.

For more information about the course or to register for the Biotechnology Career Night, go to www.hvcc.edu/biotech-training or call Nancy Bush in the college’s Biotechnology office at (518) 629-7681.

The four-week course is being offered by the college’s Department of Biology, Chemistry and Physics and is an Equal Opportunity Program. It is part of a $3.4 million grant the college received in 2010 from the U.S. Department of Labor to provide education and training for those seeking careers in biotechnology. The grant funding comes from the federal Employment and Training Administration (part of the American Renewal and Recovery Act) with biotechnology designated as an emerging industry.

The college currently offers a one-year certificate and an associate degree program in biotechnology.

Entry-level careers in the biotechnology sector are expected to grow over the next 10 years according to the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. The rapid development of new genetic and biotechnology processes continues to fuel the need for qualified people in this industry.

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 13,250 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 75,000 alumni.

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