National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce
Celebrating 15 Years of Serving the Biotech Workforce, View Our Online Timeline and Digital Archive

The National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce (NCBW) has strong ties to national bioscience workforce development dating back to 2005. It has led several federally funded Bioscience workforce initiatives. The NCBW work focuses on capacity building, best practice and skills standard generation.

During 2012 - 2016, the NCBW became the operational site for the Community College Consortium for the Biosciences Credentials (c³bc) initiative, funded by the US DOL under a round two Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College & Career Training (TAACCCT) grant.

A recent NSF ATE Award # 1800909 is called Skills for Biomedical Emerging Technology Applications (BETA Skills). The project is advanced technological education around "convergent technology platforms" supporting product research, development and/or manufacturing at the interface between biomedical devices and tissue engineering. Objectives are to (1) define BETA core skills for national use by educators, researchers and employers; and (2) connect BETA competencies to the emergence of technician-specialists with a new, higher-level set of specialized core skills. Our partners in this grant are the National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce at Forsyth Tech Community College (Winston-Salem, NC) leading BETA Skills with co-PIs leading nodes at Ivy Tech Community College (Bloomington, IN); and College of the Canyons (Santa Clarita, CA).

The NCBW is a member of NIIMBL- The National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals. It is also a member of NCBIO, North Carolina's bioscience trade association.

The NCBW has an outstanding Analytical and Molecular Skills Development Laboratory which is available for equipment and bench space rental and serves as well in an educational capacity.

BETA SKILLS Professional Development Class is Now a Hybrid: Virtual in 2021, Followed by an In-Person Program in 2022

August 2020
NCBW Receives Two National Science Foundation Grants

NEW - Bioscience Industry Fellows Program - 2019
Bioscience Industry Fellows Program June 2019 - Hi-Tech Abstract Report
Bioscience Industry Fellows 2019 - Photos
Bioscience Industry Fellows 2019 - Video

Triad BioNight June 21, 2019 Academic Excellence Award
Atkins Teacher Terry Howerton Awarded for Presentation on Summer Fellowship

Terry Howerton, Teacher, Atkins Academic and Technology High School, Winston –Salem, NC and Dr. Deborah Overath, Professor, Texas Southmost College, both graduates of the NSF ATE Biosciences Industry Fellowship Program 2018, were recognized at the recent NSF ATE PI meeting celebrating its 25th anniversary. They are pictured with Russ Read Executive Director, National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce.

BIFP Program information for:    2019 - 2018 - 2017 - 2016 - 2015 - 2014