A free orientation to learn about BioWork Process Technician training begins at Piedmont Community College (PCC) on Thursday, January 11. The class will be held Monday – Thursday, 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. through January 17 at the College’s Workforce Training Center located at 303 S. Morgan Street.

This free 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, North Carolina Career Readiness Certificate and CASAS assessments.

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.

Students will be ready to enroll in the full BioWork Process Technician training course after the free orientation. The full training will be held January 23 – May 10, 2018. This course 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.

The full training will meet each Tuesday and Thursday, 4-6 p.m. on the Person County Campus Class participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis with a maximum of 16 students.

Successful students will gain 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)
• Job Seeking Skills

Eligible students who complete the free orientation course may receive financial assistance to cover the total cost, $320.03 (this includes the book), of the full BioWork Process Technician course.

To enroll or for more information, contact PCC’s Workforce Development Team at (336) 322-2156. Financial assistance is available to qualified unemployed, underemployed, and economically distressed individuals.

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