Bio-Link is a National Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Center of Excellence for Biotechnology that originated in 1998. The National Science Foundation ATE program was created to improve and expand educational programs that prepare skilled technicians to work in the high-tech fields that drive the U.S. economy. Based on its ability to continual meet the changing demands of the biotechnology industry, it has been refunded several times by the ATE program. Bio-Link enhances and expands biotechnology education programs by providing cutting edge professional development for instructors, by improving curriculum, by making use of technologies and by creating a system that promotes the sharing of information. The Bio-Link National Center is located at City College of San Francisco. Starting in 1998 with Regional Bio-Link Centers across the country located in Seattle, WA ; San Diego , CA ; San Francisco , CA ; Austin , TX ; Madison , WI ; Graham , NC ; and Portsmouth , NH. Bio-Link has expanded to include many more educational and industry partners who both contribute and mentor within the network of biotechnology programs located at community colleges across the nation.
Examples of some of the services you can expect from partners within the Bio-Link network are as follows:
(1) Help with starting a Biotechnology Program that meets the needs of the local industry (e.g. courses in a box, professional development for faculty; recruitment and retention strategies for the different populations of students found at your institution; locating equipment; development of articulation agreements with area 4-year schools)
(2) Help with grant writing targeting a variety of agencies, for example, the National Science Foundation and the Department of Labor.
(3) Help with the hosting of regional Bio-link meetings within your own area
(4) Help with staying current within the biotechnology field and also in STEM education as a whole, especially in areas that interface with the Biotechnology industry such as engineering, nanotechnology, and medical diagnostics.
For a Brochure detailing the 4-year and 2-year Biotechnology Programs in the South Central United States click here.