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ATETV Episode 28: Careers That Give Back

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

This week, we look at two innovative technical programs that are preparing students to make important contributions — to the health of their communities and to the health of the population.

In our first segment, we meet D-Jay Laffoon, a student at Cape Cod Community College’s environmental sciences program. D-Jay is currently enrolled in the program’s instrumentation class, which is keeping him outside collecting water samples for analysis.

“I think environmental technology is definitely a career with a future,” says D-Jay. “A lot of people are trying to be less fossil-fuel reliant, and I think renewable energy is the only way to go forward.” The college’s supportive environment, which includes free tutoring in math and other challenging subjects, is providing D-Jay with the confidence that he will come away from the program with a great future.

“In five years, I see myself in a nice [reliable] career instead of jumping from job to job. It’s a good experience and I’m having a real good time.”

In our second segment, students enrolled in the biomanufacturing program at Great Bay Community College are similarly excited — and appreciated. Through apprenticeships, also known as paid internships, at biopharmaceutical companies, these students are gaining the experience and confidence that comes with mastering complex scientific skills that will help lead to the development of life-saving drugs and medical products.

“Biotechnology is maturing all over the nation, as well as the globe, and that’s where lots of technician jobs are now being created,” explains Sonia Wallman, PhD, of the Northeast Biomanufacturing Center and Collaborative. “The bioeconomy means that you’re able to use [genetically modified] cells to act as factories for your product.” The students at Great Bay are learning the scientific underpinnings that will turn proteins into marketable drugs. “They are learning to do the jobs that are found in a biomanufacturing facility, particularly in production and quality control,” adds Dr. Wallman.

The cutting-edge nature of the industry, coupled with the college’s apprenticeship program, is particularly energizing and inspiring. “[Our students] feel very powerful,” says Dr. Wallman. “They are doing stuff that no one else their age is able to do and it makes them feel really just like sports heroes. They’re appreciated for their knowledge.”

Rewarding careers in interesting fields are the end result of these and other ATE programs — there’s plenty of reasons for students to feel good about their futures.

Student Update: From Community College to a Four-year Degree

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

In this week’s first segment, we meet Shain Eighmey, a graduate of the biotechnology program at Great Bay Community College (GBCC) in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Shain is a great example of how a community college degree can give students a head start to a four-year degree; he’s currently finishing up his bachelor’s in microbiology at the University of New Hampshire.
“What I learned in the two-year program at Great Bay Community College really gave me a great head start at UNH,” Shain told us when we checked in for an update this week. “My credits all transferred, and I found that I had a much better understanding of biology and biochemistry than many of the other students I was taking classes with at UNH.”
Shain thinks GBCC’s hands-on approach has given him a leg up on his fellow UNH students. “I spent a great deal of my time at GBCC in the labs, working with real lab equipment using real lab techniques, and that’s an advantage that has really done great things for me,” he said.
His community college education has also helped Shain in the classroom, as he learned in his virology class his very first day at UNH: “The professor asked the class to describe the difference between transcription and translation, and the first few students who answered the question were incorrect! I was very surprised, as this was something that we had gone over in great detail in the Biotechnology classes at GBCC.”
Shain’s the rare student who knew in high school what he wanted to do for a career, but he says he’s been guided by some simple advice that he received from his grandparents. “Do what interests you,” he advises other students. “Studying, working, and paying attention in a lecture is much easier when the subject matter is something you have a passion for.”
Shain is planning on graduating from UNH this spring. He’s in the process of applying for master’s programs and other opportunities. Whatever comes next, his time at GBCC and his own work ethic have put him in a great position to succeed.

In this week’s first segment, we meet Shain Eighmey, a graduate of the biotechnology program at Great Bay Community College (GBCC) in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Shain is a great example of how community colleges can help propel students towards a four-year degree; he’s currently finishing up his bachelor’s in microbiology at the University of New Hampshire (UNH).

“What I learned in the two-year program at Great Bay Community College really gave me a great head start at UNH,” Shain told us when we checked in for an update this week. “My credits all transferred, and I found that I had a much better understanding of biology and biochemistry than many of the other students I was taking classes with at UNH.”

Shain thinks GBCC’s hands-on approach has given him a leg up on his fellow UNH students. “I spent a great deal of my time at GBCC in the labs, working with real lab equipment using real lab techniques, and that’s an advantage that has really done great things for me,” he said.

His community college education has also helped Shain in the classroom, as he learned in his virology class his very first day at UNH: “The professor asked the class to describe the difference between transcription and translation, and the first few students who answered the question were incorrect! I was very surprised, as this was something that we had gone over in great detail in the biotechnology classes at GBCC.”

Shain’s the rare student who knew in high school what he wanted to do for a career, but he says he’s been guided by some simple advice that he received from his grandparents: “Do what interests you. Studying, working, and paying attention in a lecture is much easier when the subject matter is something you have a passion for.”

Shain plans to graduate from UNH this spring. He’s in the process of applying for master’s programs and other opportunities. Whatever comes next, his time at GBCC and his own work ethic have put him in a great position to succeed.

ATETV Episode 13: Technology in the Lab and on the Farm

Monday, December 14th, 2009

This week we’re exploring how ATE programs are preparing students for work not only in traditional high-tech settings like medical laboratories and electronics shops, but also out in the fields of American agriculture.
First, we meet Shain Eighmey, a graduate of the biotechnology program at Great Bay Community College in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Shain has turned his childhood passion for science into a two-year degree, a paid apprenticeship at a pharmaceutical company, and now a four-year degree at the University of New Hampshire. You can read an update about him here. [LINK]
Next we head to Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where Kelsey Meyerhoff is working towards her own two-year degree in agricultural technology. Among other things, she’s learning to use GPS technology to track soil samples in the field, a skill she first learned in a workshop while still in high school. Her classes are predominantly male, but Kelsey says that doesn’t bother her. “It’s just a challenge you push through, and you don’t look at it as something that holds you back,” she says.
Finally this week, we meet a dedicated educator who is sharing what he learned during his long career. Richard LeBlanc is the head of the electronics department at Benjamin Franklin Technical Institute in Boston, where he teaches students to repair electronic equipment, including many of the advanced medical devices used in hospitals today. A graduate of the institute himself, LeBlanc knows the value of ATE programs firsthand. He also knows, from his industry contacts, that teaching students how to communicate effectively is just as important as teaching the technicaThis week we’re exploring how ATE programs are preparing students for work not only in traditional high-tech settings like medical laboratories and electronics shops, but also out in the fields of American agriculture.

First, we meet Shain Eighmey, a graduate of the biotechnology program at Great Bay Community College in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Shain has turned his childhood passion for science into a two-year degree, a paid apprenticeship at a pharmaceutical company, and now a four-year degree at the University of New Hampshire.

Next we head to Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where Kelsey Meyerhoff is working towards her own two-year degree in agricultural technology. Among other things, she’s learning to use GPS technology to track soil samples in the field, a skill she first learned in a workshop while still in high school. Her classes are predominantly male, but Kelsey says that doesn’t bother her. “It’s just a challenge you push through, and you don’t look at it as something that holds you back,” she says.

Finally this week, we meet a dedicated educator who is sharing what he learned during his long career. Richard LeBlanc is the head of the electronics department at Benjamin Franklin Technical Institute in Boston, where he teaches students to repair electronic equipment, including many of the advanced medical devices used in hospitals today. A graduate of the institute himself, LeBlanc knows the value of ATE programs firsthand. He also knows, from his industry contacts, that teaching students how to communicate effectively is just as important as teaching the technical skills.