The AC2 Annual High School Teacher Biotechnology workshop was a huge success. Teacher from across Texas met in Austin, Texas June 12-16, 2007 at the ACC Bioscience Incubator for a week of hands-on training. Training included intense lab experiences to prepare students for entry level positions in the biotechnology field along with best practices in teaching science and CTE courses to the high school population. Workshop participants also began to prepare for future delivery of the Biotechnology Assistant Credentialing Exam (BACE) exam in their districts. The Biotechnician Assistant Credentialing Exam (BACE) is an industry-recognized exam designed to assess core skills and knowledge sets identified by industry, and represented within the academic and performance standards of Florida’s secondary Biotechnology program. The test has been vetted by the state’s industry organization BioFlorida, representing more than 3,000 companies and research organizations in the biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, medical devices and bioagriculture sectors. This same process is currently under way in the state of Texas and once complete will offer high school students certification for entry level positions in the bioscience lab fields. The week ended with a full day of planning, prep, and ordering for the upcoming school year.
Thank you to the ACC Bioscience Incubator and AC2 Bio-link for hosting our event and accommodating our Biotechnology educators! It was a wonderful week full of science, education and supportive colleagues.