New A.S. in Biotechnology Program Starting This Fall

(Bradenton, Fla., August 1, 2011) — A senior scientist and educator will bring a wealth of experience to State College of Florida's biotechnology program, a new associate in science degree that is drawing strong interest.

Matt Thomas, Ph.D., a highly credentialed professional with his doctorate in biology and experience at local companies in the biotechnology field, will assume his position of assistant professor in August with the start of the fall semester.

Designed to prepare students for employment as technicians who will work in a laboratory or industrial setting, the A.S. in Biotechnology Degree Program at SCF meets local, statewide and national workforce needs, fueling the region’s biotechnology cluster.

Biotechnology is used to detect and cure diseases, analyze DNA, generate fuel sources for efficient energy production, improve productivity and disease resistance in food crops, and analyze environmental contaminants. Potential workplace environments for graduating students include laboratories specializing in food safety; environmental quality control; the production of new medicines; forensics; alternative fuels; bio-manufacturing; and industry, academic, and government research.

In the program, students will learn laboratory skills and be trained in advanced molecular biology techniques used in both research and industrial environments.

Students who have considered science, nursing or health-related fields may find an interest in biotechnology. The new Introduction to Biotechnology course available this fall offers students an opportunity to explore a new career option.

For more information, call Jane Pfeilsticker, SCF Biotechnology Program director, at 941-752-5341.

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