WINSTON SALEM – Forsyth Technical Community College announced that it has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor in the amount of $754,140 for the college’s new biotechnology program, which will serve as a model for other community colleges throughout the country.
The funds will equip Forsyth Tech’s labs with technology needed to train employees for the biotech industry. Additionally, the funds will provide a full-time lab technician, assist with summer salaries and provide professional development for faculty.
The Biotechnology program, which was approved by the North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges last fall, currently has 51 students enrolled in the program and an additional 32 have applied for entrance in the fall. The college has the commitment of local companies that helped develop the curriculum and will hire students on a part-time basis while within the program and on a full-time basis as lab technicians once they graduate.
Wake Forest University School of Medicine, will provide expertise, special laboratory facilities and adjunct faculty. Kucera Pharmaceutical Company, a drug development company spun out of Wake Forest, will also provide program expertise and support.
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