From the Chatham News + Record:

BioWork, a program at Central Carolina Community College, is changing lives and filling the workforce pipeline with skilled technicians ready to work in the growing life sciences industry sector in central North Carolina.

Launched in May 2020 at CCCC, BioWork is a short-term certificate program that gives students the foundational skills they need to begin a career in biotechnology or pharmaceutical or chemical manufacturing.

The program is offered every semester and has the capacity to serve about 50 students per semester, said Lisa Smelser, biotechnology program director at CCCC.

Staggered start times make the program convenient for students from all walks of life to take the classes and earn a BioWork certificate without waiting until the start of a new semester.

“My goal is to ensure that whenever someone wants to explore ways of getting jobs in the biotechnology and life sciences industry, we can offer this program right away,” Smelser said. “Two classes started in January, and two more are starting this month, with the next one launching on March 14.”

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