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Bridges to College Students Complete Coursework for expanding and unique Quincy College Biotechnolog

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October 30, 2015
From the classroom to the laboratory and beyond, JVS & Quincy College prepare students for biotech jobs with networking event at completion ceremony

  • Vincent van Joolen, Dean, Natural and Health Sciences, Quincy College
  • Bruce Van Dyke, Chair, Biotechnology and Compliance Program, Quincy College
  • Kristin Cutaia, Program Director, Biotechnology and Compliance Program Jerry Rubin, President & CEO, Jewish Vocational Services (JVS)
Biotech Certificate Program completion ceremony.

Over a dozen JVS Bridges to College Students will complete the requirements for a Certificate in Biotechnology and Compliance from Quincy College. The rigorous Bridges to College program offered by JVS is a free 23-week college preparation program that helps support students in biotechnical fields. Guided from pre-college coursework through certificate completion, Quincy College Bridges to College students will complete their coursework this November and immediately start networking with industry leaders. Students have completed courses at Quincy College to prepare them for jobs in the field, and JVS has provided academic support, Career Navigation, and strengthened their Job Seeker skills, helping students achieve employment upon completion of coursework.

Thursday, November 5, 2015, 5:30pm-7:00pm
Quincy College, President's Place, Lower Level Conference Room, 1250 Hancock Street, Quincy, MA

To meet the growing demand for technical skills in the biotechnology industry, Quincy College launched the Biotechnology Compliance Program 3 years ago in 2012. The program collaborates with the biotech industry to create a curriculum that enables students to transition quickly from the classroom to the laboratory, often into entry-level positions in the biomanufacturing industry. Upon successful completion of the program, students may enter the workforce directly as entry-level laboratory technicians or research assistants, or may transfer to a four-year university to continue their studies at the baccalaureate level. JVS has enhanced the program by adding job seeker skills and career guidance, which help graduates achieve employment.

Before entering the program, students complete college preparation courses in math and science with JVS, ensuring they are ready on day one for hands-on instruction in Quincy College labs. Students develop a broad laboratory science-based background through courses focused in the life and chemical sciences, and obtain industry-specific knowledge in the areas of quality control (QC), process development (PD), and upstream and downstream processing, all while following current, good manufacturing practices (cGMP). In addition, students learn valuable laboratory techniques and instrumentation, and develop critical thinking skills. Please visit the Quincy College Biotechnology and Compliance Program website for more information.

About Quincy College
Founded in 1958, Quincy College is a two-year, municipally affiliated community college serving approximately 4,500 students at campuses located in Quincy and Plymouth, Massachusetts. Quincy College is an open access institution that encourages academic achievement and excellence, diversity, economic opportunity, community involvement, and lifelong learning. The College facilitates valuable learning relationships that inspire students to realize their educational and professional futures. The college offers 35 associate degree programs and 21 certificate programs in a variety of disciplines, including those within Professional Programs, Liberal Arts, Natural & Health Sciences and Nursing.  The college is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, and is licensed by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education to grant the degrees of Associate in Arts and Associate in Science. The college draws a diversity of students from the greater Boston area as well as 121 countries around the world. For additional information, visit www.quincycollege.edu