Can you show up to work on time? Everyday? Can you pass a drug test? Are you able to work well on a team? Can you dress properly for an interview and make eye contact. How's your handshake - firm and confident, or wimpy and lack-luster?. Can you demonstrate good communication skills?
Essential skills. Soft skills. Twenty-first century skills. Workforce ready skills. No matter what you call them, today's employers want them. Now. Regardless of the job you are looking for, these interpersonal skills weigh heavy in an employer's hiring decision. Technical skills may get you an... Read more
This weekend I attended the Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association (TWGGA) Annual Conference and Trade Show in San Marcos. I was there representing the new partnership between VESTA and the AC2 Bio-Link Regional Center. Scott Kohls, co-PI for the VESTA Center, manned the booth and trained me to deliver the "correct spiel" to interested participants. Austin Community College is the latest college to join the consortium of schools who support VESTA. VESTA offers online courses in wine making (enology), viticulture, and the business of wine making. The online components include an hour each... Read more
Stephanie Stoelb, Instructional Specialist at Bluegrass Community and Technical College and AC2 Project Manager, along with her two research students, Monsi Serrano and Joe Basel, attended the 2016 IdeaFestival in Louisville, Kentucky. Here is her take on the experience:
“Last week, I purchased a bottle of saliva off of the internet” began one of the morning sessions last week at IdeaFestival 2016 in Louisville, KY. The audience continued to listen as Heather Dewey-Hagborg, a Chicago based artist, discussed her creative, yet sometimes controversial work as she explores the ... Read more
New incoming students to the biotechnology program are presented with their white laboratory coats. This signifies their commitment to ethical laboratory practices. The student's name is monogrammed into the fabric above the breast pocket on the left side of the jacket. On the right side, the biotechnology logo is attached, which bears the quintessential double helix and the statement, "Tomorrow's Careers Today." The logo was designed by a former biotechnology student, Scott Brasfield, as part of his required community service. Attached to the left sleeve is the BCTC logo.
Dr. Thomas Tubon is at Bluegrass Community and Technical College this week to present his awesome workshop, The Stem Cell Teacher Academy. This is the second day. Most all the participants are from local high schools in BCTC's service area, with a few exceptions. However, there is tremendous diversity amongst them:
One participant traveled all the way from Florida;
One has been on the cover of Sports Illustrated;
5 of the participants either have twin children or are a twin themselves;
There is a new group in town, ASCN, Accelerating Systemic Change Network. I attended the first meeting two weeks ago and realized everything they were talking about is what we are trying to do in Texas and Kentucky! Read more
Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking April 20 for the Newtown Campus, Science Education Center, at 500 Newtown Pike, Lexington. The new building is projected to open in January 2018.
The Science Education Center will support up-to-date laboratory experiences and feature dynamic classroom technology. It will include labs, classrooms, student support areas, and offices for 20 faculty. The 64,000 sq. ft. building will also be home to two technical programs, Biotechnology and Environmental Science.
Kentucky's newly elected governor, Matt Bevin, had to make some tough budget cuts in order to rescue the state's underfunded - really, really underfunded - like $30 billion underfunded - retirement system. Almost all state agencies will feel the pain, with the exception of statewide K-12 education and Kentucky State University in Frankfort. University and college budgets will be cut 4.5 percent over the next two years, down from Bevin's proposed cut of 9 percent. The funding bill does not address the governor's 4.5 percent cut to higher education in the current fiscal year, which is being... Read more
On April 6, 7, and 8, the AC2 Leadership Team met for the first time at Austin Community College for our inaugural meeting of the National Visiting Committee (NVC). According to NVC members, it went well. They commended the Leadership team on their accomplishments given the short 3-month time frame since implementation. Kudos to us!
Based on NVC feedback, we are tasked with rebranding our contract service organization (CSO). They think industry already has a preconceived idea of the typical CSO - that is, a for-profit organization that steps in to the development process and... Read more
A goal of the AC2 Bio-Link Regional Center (AC2) is to incorporate LIMS (Laboratory Information Management Systems) in to biotechnology classes, possibly as a component of bioinformatics instruction. This is reasonable because students entering the workforce will have advantages over others if they have some experience with such systems. Also, CSO's and incubators need to consider LIMS to manage lab operations, train students in modern practices, and support their clients.
Getting, planning, building, using, and maintaining LIMS is a challenging endeavor. So... Read more
Groundbreaking work on an incubator at Austin Community College.
Sat, Feb 20 2016
Austin Community College began work Feb. 4th on the Advanced Commercialization ACCelerator in ACC Highland with industry representatives and community leaders in attendance. Biotechnology students participating along with up to 200 guests.