Grant to advance bioscience

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett Technical College has been named a co-recipient of a $1.9 million grant that will advance bioscience educational opportunities in Georgia, college officials said.

The grant will establish the Georgia Bioscience Technology Institute, which will have a presence at Gwinnett Tech and at Athens Technical College, the other recipient of the grant, said Lauren Anderson, a spokeswoman for the college.

The technology institute will use state-of-the-art teaching laboratories on Gwinnett Tech and Athens Tech's campuses to train secondary school and community college teachers and students in current bioscience and biotechnology concepts and techniques, according to a news release.

"With such an emphasis on the development of bioscience in our state and across the nation, we're so pleased to be able to offer this cutting-edge training ground to educate teachers and students in this booming field," Gwinnett Tech President Sharon Rigsby said in a news release. "The grant for the Georgia Bioscience Technology Institute on Gwinnett Tech's campus is good news for our region and for the advancement of biotechnology throughout all of Georgia."

Gwinnett Tech and Athens Tech partnered with the Atlanta Regional Workforce Board on this U.S. Department of Labor community-based job training grant. The Georgia Bioscience Technology Institute grant is one of 72 grants awarded to community colleges that successfully participated in this competition from nearly 450 entries across the nation.

The addition of the technology institute on Gwinnett Tech's campus will supplement the college's bioscience program designed to help students prepare for a career in this field, the news release said.

Gwinnett Tech's bioscience technology associate degree program, plus certificate programs for basic and advanced clinical research professionals, train students to perform clinical research studies of new drugs, new applications of approved drugs or new medical devices on humans.

Gwinnett Tech was one of the first providers to detect a need for these workers in the region and to develop a program devoted solely to training individuals for the bioscience/biotechnology field, according to the news release.

Gwinnett Tech's advanced clinical research professional certificate program can be completed in two quarters, with prior successful completion of the basic clinical research professional certificate program, which can also be completed in about two quarters. The bioscience technology associate degree can be earned in two years.