Navigation Links
Workforce Alliance Concludes Three-Year Biotech Training Program
Date:1/9/2008

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Jan. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Workforce Alliance, the non- profit organization that manages job training programs in Palm Beach County, is closing a grant program that enabled over ninety professionals to upgrade their skills and prepare for employment in the life sciences and biotechnology-related industries over the past three years.

The Workforce Alliance's expiring Biotechnology Training Grant was funded by the U.S. Department of Labor's High Growth Job Training Initiative in 2004 for a three-year period that expired at the end of 2007. The program targeted professionals holding a BS degree in math or science who wished to earn certification in biotechnology and make a career move into the expanding job opportunities in Palm Beach County's biotechnology industry.

Kathryn Schmidt, President and Chief Executive Officer of Workforce Alliance, said, "As we sought this unsolicited grant almost four years ago, our objective was to develop a highly skilled workforce to support an expected influx of biotechnology and life sciences companies into our region. It has proven to be excellent foresight. The three-year program gave the region a head start in the search for skilled talent by the biotechnology and life sciences-related companies as they considered establishing themselves in our region."

In developing the proposal, Workforce Alliance established partnerships that are now continuing with Florida Atlantic University, Indian River Community College and biotechnology and life sciences employers in Palm Beach County. The group developed a curriculum to prepare the participants for a professional certification in biotechnology, and entree into a life sciences career field or job placement.

After 51 professionals enrolled in the program during its initial year, participation grew to 96 participants in 2007. Over the time span of the program, participants earned 54 certifications, six advanced certifications, a Master's degree, and twenty new job placements. The program influenced the establishment of a new biotechnology laboratory at Indian River Community College and significant laboratory and distance-learning upgrades at Florida Atlantic University. The grant also helped establish high quality biotechnology training for undergraduate students at both institutions to meet the demands of the growing industry in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast.

Workforce Alliance, as the non-profit company chartered by the State of Florida to develop and manage a workforce system in Palm Beach County, is the local recipient of federal taxpayer dollars earmarked to ensure the availability of a skilled and qualified labor pool. It operates three Career Centers and Professional Placement Centers and offers its professional services to all employers and job seekers in the County.


'/>"/>
SOURCE Workforce Alliance
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related biology technology :

1. Heritage and Ipca Enter Into Strategic Alliance for Generic Pharmaceutical Products
2. Alliance for Medical Devices, Instrumentation and Diagnostics formed between Fraunhofer Center for Manufacturing Innovation and Boston University
3. Campbell Alliance to Moderate Senior-Level Panel Discussion at Windhover Pharmaceutical Strategic Alliances Conference
4. Keryx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. Announces Conference Call to Discuss Strategic Alliance
5. Progeniq Joins Microsoft in Bio IT Alliance
6. Campbell Alliance Managed Markets Practice to Take Leadership Role at CBIs Formulary and Reimbursement Conference
7. Melanoma Research Foundation and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Host Educational Symposium and Reception for Melanoma Patients, Family Members and Healthcare Providers
8. GlaxoSmithKline and Anacor Pharmaceuticals Form Alliance to Develop Systemic Antivirals and Antibiotics Based on Boron Chemistry
9. ProMed Alliance International Inc. Corporate Name and Trading Symbol Expected to Change Effective Tomorrow
10. Campbell Alliance Named Best Place to Work by Triangle Business Journal
11. Campbell Alliance Business Development Practice to Moderate Two Workshops at LES Annual Meeting in Vancouver
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/24/2016)... June 24, 2016  Regular discussions on a range of ... between the two entities said Poloz. Speaking at ... Ottawa , he pointed to the country,s inflation target, ... government. "In certain ... institutions have common economic goals, why not sit down and ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , ... June 24, 2016 , ... Researchers at the ... commonly-identified miRNAs in people with peritoneal or pleural mesothelioma. Their findings are the subject ... it now. , Diagnostic biomarkers are signposts in the blood, lung fluid or ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... Mass. , June 23, 2016   ... development of novel compounds designed to target cancer ... napabucasin, has been granted Orphan Drug Designation from ... the treatment of gastric cancer, including gastroesophageal junction ... stemness inhibitor designed to inhibit cancer stemness pathways ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital has signed ... to serve as their official health care provider. ... will provide sponsorship support, athletic training services, and ... volunteers, athletes and families. "We are ... and to bring Houston Methodist quality services and ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
(Date:6/16/2016)... June 16, 2016 The ... expected to reach USD 1.83 billion by 2024, ... Research, Inc. Technological proliferation and increasing demand in ... expected to drive the market growth. ... The development of advanced multimodal techniques for ...
(Date:6/9/2016)... -- Perkotek an innovation leader in attendance control systems is proud to announce the introduction ... to make sure the right employees are actually signing in, and to even control ... ... ... ...
(Date:6/7/2016)... June 7, 2016  Syngrafii Inc. and San ... relationship that includes integrating Syngrafii,s patented LongPen™ eSignature ... This collaboration will result in greater convenience for ... union, while maintaining existing document workflow and compliance ... ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):