How did the Program Start?
Austin Community College in collaboration with the Austin Independent School District received an Advanced Technology Education (ATE) grant (DUE-0053296) from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the purpose of establishing biotechnology courses in the Austin Area. Since 2000, the program as expanding to 12 ISD's and 1 private school totaling 14 High Schools. The program would not be possible without the initial funding from NSF to adapt semester long college curriculum to yearlong high school curriculum. The initial funds also created a equipment loan center which is still utilized today.
Description of the Program
Austin Community College offers students throughout Central Texas opportunities to take college courses and earn credit before graduating from high school. There are two types of "Early College Start" opportunities. Dual credit allows students to take ACC courses that can also count toward their high school graduation requirements. Credit-in-escrow allows students taking Tech-Prep courses at local high schools to receive ACC credit for those courses upon enrolling at the college.
What is Tech-Prep? As part of ACC's commitment to workforce development, the college has formed partnerships and developed articulation agreements with local school districts to offer coursework at the high school level in selected vocational and technical subjects. The ACC-developed Introduction to Biotechnology (BITC 1311 at ACC) course is offered as a year-long science elective in several Central Texas high schools.
In addition ACC's commitment to promoting Biotechnology Education, ACC provides all curriculum and consumable supplies and also runs an equipment center. ACC continues support by doing things like organizing field trips and internships for students and believes in putting everything under a mantra of "We will do Whatever Necessary for your Class to be Successful".
Curriculum Matrix for BITC 1411 Introduction to Biotechnology
Here is a short video about Biotechnology ACC Biotech Video . If you would like to purchase this video, here are the instructions. If you have any problems viewing this, please call 512-223-5915.