Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Grant (DOE)
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Graduates from this program have been employed by or interned at:
LanzaTech, RXBAR (Chicago Bar Company), University of Chicago
The Biotechnology Laboratory Technician Associate in Applied Science Degree emphasizes skills necessary for entry-level employment in bioscience laboratories. The program focuses on techniques basic to the biotechnology industry. Students acquire proficiency in laboratory skills, effective communications and employment skills.
Program graduates may seek entry-level employment in public or private laboratories for positions titled laboratory assistant, laboratory technician, laboratory tester or laboratory worker, cell culture technician, research technician, and/or microbiology technician. These sources of employment are found in government and university laboratories, pharmaceutical companies, food processing industries, companies performing research and development, companies involved in plant and animal breeding, manufacturing, sales, and even customer service. The Biotechnology Laboratory Technician curriculum is designed to meet the increasing demands for skilled laboratory technicians in various fields of biological and chemical technology. With the curriculum objectives designed to prepare graduates to serve as research assistants and technicians in laboratory and industrial settings, course work emphasizes biology, chemistry, and biotechnology techniques. The Biotechnology Laboratory Technician program also prepares students who wish to continue their studies toward a bachelor’s degree and advanced degrees in biotechnology.