Press Release - Office of College Advancement

Monday, October 1, 2006
Office of College Advancement
Ohlone College
510.659.6206
www.ohlone.edu

For Immediate Release:

  • Who: Ohlone College
  • What: Ohlone College Awarded Career/Technical Grant
  • Why: To create a science education pathway between middle school, high school, and the community college. The project, targeting underrepresented minority populations and deaf or hard of hearing students, will be known as Bay Area Learning Alliance for Bioscience (Bay-LAB)

Ohlone College Awarded Career/Technical Education Grant

Fremont, CA—Ohlone College has been awarded a grant to create a science education pathway between middle school, high school and the community college. The project, Bay Area Learning Alliance for Bioscience (Bay-LAB), will integrate career preparation in bioscience/biotechnology with high school graduation standards targeting underrepresented minority populations and deaf or hard of hearing students.

The program fosters alignment between high school, regional occupation programs and community college programs in emerging technologies such as biotechnology. Student persistence and success in the biotech career pathway will be enhanced by a “learning community” strategy, and includes peer tutors and industry mentors, summer camps, job shadowing, internships, and teacher training activities. An additional component will create awareness of biotech/bioscience career opportunities at the middle/junior high school level.

The two-year grant is funded by Senate Bill 70 (Scott) through the California Community College Chancellor’s Office of Career Technical Education and Economic and Workforce Development.

Ohlone College will head the project, which will be implemented at Chabot College, California School for the Deaf, Mission Valley ROP, and Newark Junior High School with support from Ohlone’s Biotech Consortium partners Genentech, CellGenesys, Scios (Johnson & Johnson Division), Tri-City One Stop Career Center, and the Northern California Biotechnology/Bioscience Center (NCBC). For additional information about the grant and the project, please contact Josie Sette at 510-979-7952.

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