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    Biotechnology
    Do you have an inquisitive mind, learn quickly, and like to solve complex problems? If so, our Biotechnology program is right for you. Come, and explore the science and interplay of living organisms, their components for human benefit, and the technical applications used to turn biological knowledge into products. Curious students passionate about biology, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, and engineering will enjoy exploring this interdisciplinary field. Working with their instructor, students learn about scientific theory and technical training, resulting in a broad range of industry and academic research skills relevant to the emerging demand in today’s dynamic workplace. Ultimately, this program prepares students for scientifically diverse careers in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, one of the fastest-growing commercial sectors, with Massachusetts being a significant center for growth and innovation in this field.

    Biotechnology Sm 2Skills you will learn:
    • Genetic engineering and cloning
    • Genetically modified organisms   
    • Bacterial cell culture and transformation
    • Mammalian cell culture and transfection
    • Gene therapy
    • Bioethics
    • Gel electrophoresis (nucleic acids and proteins)
    • Forensic techniques 
    • Industry-grade instrumentation 
    • Bioinformatics
    • Regulatory affairs
    • Independent research 


    Hands-on Projects

    Crime Scene Investigators: Forensics has become an important and exciting discipline in science, often capturing worldwide attention. Our freshmen discover what it’s like to be a crime scene investigator while learning the science behind evidence analysis. Putting their skills and logic to the test, teams of students create mock crime scenes to solve: Who did it? How did they do it? And Why? Students use fluorescent fingerprint powder and a black light source to analyze fingerprints as they investigate staged crime scenes. They learn to identify hairs and fibers from different sources and evaluate fake bloodstain patterns to reconstruct the events. Interactions with the State Police Crime Lab reveal behind-the-scenes realities of working in the field.


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    Biotechnology
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    BVT in the News: See how we officially commemorated the opening of our Biotechnology program with a ribbon cutting ceremony on December 8th.

    INSTRUCTORS

    • Susan Piraino – Team Leader
    CERTIFICATIONS
    • OSHA 10-hour Card: Health
    • AHA CPR/First-Aid
    • PLTW Certifications
    • NOCTI


    TECHNICAL & PROFESSIONAL CAREERS
    DIRECT ENTRY INTO WORKFORCE
    • Laboratory assistant
    • Laboratory associate
    • Biomanufacturing technician
    • Animal care technician

    Starting Salary: $40,000


    POST-SECONDARY CERTIFICATE/LICENSE
    • Scientific technician
    • Clinical research associate
    • Environment health & safety
    • Quality control technician 

    Starting Salary: $50,000


    UNIVERSITY DEGREE
    • Biomedical engineer
    • Research scientist
    • Clinical trial professional
    • Forensic scientist

    Starting Salary: $80,000


    JOB GROWTH
    Employment in the biotechnology industry is projected to grow 21.5% from 2017 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations.
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