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TOP 4 | Biotechnology and Biomedical Technology (T4-043000) Download LMI Worksheet

Aims
  • To expand enrollment in an existing CTE program or create a new CTE program
Metrics Projections
Enrollments   1537 1570 1601
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Completions   25 28 35
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Narrative

Based on current labor market data, there is a strong need for individuals with technical skills acquired in a certificate program, an associates degree, or a bachelors degree pertaining to the field of biotechnology. This is a fast growing field, particularly in the Bay Area, and these positions are numerous and expected to grow. Pharmaceutical companies, genetics companies, and medical technology companies all require students with a background in biology, chemistry, computer sciences, and math. We are in a position to help fill this need by developing a CTE pathway, coordinating with other colleges in the area, and developing our own certificate program. There are two certificate programs we would like to create: Biotechnology with emphasis on Molecular Biology and Biotechnology with emphasis on Analytical Chemistry. Based on labor market data from the Centers of Excellence - these are two areas that show a significant gap in the labor market. These would be 12 - 15 unit certificates aimed at satisfying the need for Biological Technicians and Chemical Technicians in the Bay Area. The proposal includes time to research the fields and use that data to create our short certificates. New courses would need to be written to augment what the department already offers. Those courses would include Intro to Biotechnology & Lab, Applied Biotechnology I and II Career Opportunities / Internships. Other possibilities for new courses would include Biotech Instrumentation and Employment Skills. We are proposing stipends for development of curriculum for Biotechnology: Molecular Biology Certificate as well as additional funding for equipment. The Biology department has requested a Laminar Flow Cabinet for sterile tissue culture and a Sorvall centrifuge.

TOP 6 | Chemical Technology (095400) Download LMI Worksheet

Aims
  • To expand enrollment in an existing CTE program or create a new CTE program
Metrics Projections
Enrollments   918 936 954
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Completions   3 6 10
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There are two certificate programs we would like to create: Biotechnology with emphasis on Molecular Biology and Biotechnology with emphasis on Analytical Chemistry. Based on labor market data from the Centers of Excellence - these are two areas that show a significant gap in the labor market. These would be 12 - 15 unit certificates aimed at satisfying the need for Biological Technicians and Chemical Technicians in the Bay Area.

The chemistry labs being offered at West Valley College are historical, baseline, ‘teach-the-basics” at best and arcane, defunct, and enormously deficient at worst. The best way to move the chemistry curriculum up 100 years from 1916 to 2016 is to introduce computers, equipment, and instruments to analyze, detect, synthesize and purify chemicals the way environmental chemists, synthetic chemists, and chemical engineers do everyday in their careers. Five years ago, the chemistry labs themselves were renovated, however, no new equipment was purchased to make use of the updates. Today, we have three labs that stand completely EMPTY of equipment. We need to purchase gas and mass spectrometers, UV-vis spectrophotometers, bench-top NMR’s, solid phase synthesis apparatus, liquid chromatography equipment, and the accompanying computers, laptops, and handheld data collection devices to train scientists and future chemists with the techniques and equipment they will use in their future jobs.

In addition, stipends will compensate the faculty who will research and create the new certificate in Biotechnology with emphasis on Analytical Chemistry.

Budget

CTE Program Budget Detail Sheet

1000 Instructional Salaries $12,000
2000 Non-Instructional Salaries $0
3000 Employee Benefits $2,067
4000 Supplies and Materials $0
5000 Other Operating Expenses and Services $0
6000 Capital Outlay $43,700
7000 Other Outgo $0
  Total Direct Costs $57,767
  Total Indirect Costs $2,310
  Total Program Costs $60,077
Plan Certification

This Plan Has Been Reviewed and Approved By

Kuni Hay

Vice President of Instruction