BioWork Process Technician Certification Prep Training

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Piedmont Community College’s Continuing Education program will offer BioWork, a course that brings together the basics of manufacturing technology and the fundamentals of science – two essential needs for competent, entry-level technicians working in biotechnology, pharmaceutical manufacturing, and chemical manufacturing.  

A 30-hour Orientation to BioWork course will be offered May 7 - May 16 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday and Wednesday May 15 at the College’s Workforce Training Center located at 303 S. Morgan St., Roxboro. The course will include an orientation to BlackBoard (the College’s online course delivery system), an overview of the BioWork course, requirements to complete the course, study skills for success, Internet KeyTrain, North Carolina Career Readiness Certificate and CASAS assessments.

The $120 registration fee is waived for unemployed or underemployed students. Individuals who meet eligibility criteria and successfully complete the orientation course may receive financial assistance to take the BioWork Process Technician course. Orientation is an optional course if you are not seeking financial assistance. The financial aid may also include travel reimbursement back and forth to class.  

The 10-week BioWork course will start May 30 and end Aug. 6. Class will meet each Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on the Person County Campus in Room F209 and includes 64-hours classroom instruction and additional online instruction. Class will not be held June 20, July 4, 25 and Aug. 1. Class participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis with a maximum of 16 students.  

The 128-hour BioWork course provides marketable skills for manufacturing technicians in the Biotech field. Bioprocess technicians are involved in the making of products such as antibiotics, bleach, cosmetics, deodorant, detergents, paint, plastics, Post-It notes, shampoo, soft drinks and wine. Units of instruction include: Your New Job; Working Safely; Quality; Measuring Process Variables; Transforming Matter (Chemistry); Learning the Nuts & Bolts; Controlling the Process; Sterile Processes (Microbiology); Growing Living Cells (Cell Biology); and Job Seeking Skills.  

Eligible students who complete the Orientation to BioWork course may receive financial assistance to cover the following costs to take the BioWork Process Technician course: $175 registration fee, $1.25 accident insurance and $130 textbooks.   

For more information, contact Jeanette Godsey at (336) 322-2133, jeanette.godsey@piedmontcc.edu or Debra Seamster at (336) 599-6622, or debra.seamster@piedmontcc.edu;