Manufacturing Institute Partners With College to Develop Biotech Skills Standards

Sept. 14, 2010
NAM workforce-development arm to create skills certification program with North Carolina technical college.

The National Association of Manufacturers said on Sept. 14 it will partner with Forsyth Technical Community College in North Carolina to develop a skilled biotechnology and pharmaceutical production workforce.

NAM's workforce development arm the Manufacturing Institute and Forsyth's National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce in Winston-Salem, N.C., have committed to developing community college programs aligned to industry standards in biotechnology, pharmaceutical production and medical device manufacturing.

The National Center is part of a statewide workforce training and education resource in North Carolina called BioNetwork that develops curriculum and continuing-education courses for the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and life science industries.

North Carolina is the nation's third-largest biotechnology employer, according to NAM.

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