Training the Next Generation of the Biotechnology Workforce

Today President Obama is traveling to Winston-Salem, North Carolina to visit with students and staff at Forsyth Technical Community College. Forsyth has an innovative biotechnology program that takes recent high school graduates, dislocated workers, and returning students and prepares them for careers in the biotechnology field.  In addition to training new workers, they have also developed innovative new curricula and training models to prepare their students for the biotechnology workforce that can be replicated across the nation. Forsyth also works closely with local biotech companies and academic institutions to ensure that their curriculum is preparing students to meet the demands of a career in the biotech field and helps connect students to employment opportunities.

Forsyth Technical Community College is a great example of how community colleges can play a role not only in our education system, but also in local economies. Back in October, President Obama and Dr. Jill Biden hosted a White House Summit on Community Colleges to highlight critical role that community colleges play in developing America’s workforce and reaching our educational goals.

Check out this video from the Summit, and learn more about the Administration’s efforts to support community colleges at

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Kirsten White is Policy Director for Dr. Jill Biden