STUDENTfacturED is a real manufacturing-centered company run by students. The company will manufacture biotechnology supplies to sell to college and local high school instructors. STUDENTfacturED has been developed and implemented through collaboration between the Biomanufacturing Program/Biotechnology Department and the School of Business at SLCC. Biomanufacturing Program staff and faculty provide the necessary technical expertise to establish a ‘regulated’ manufacturing environment (i.e. scientific/technical methods and good manufacturing practices), and School of Business staff and faculty provide the necessary business expertise to establish the required business-related functions such as accounting, business management, legal concerns, and marketing/market research. Both staff and student participants should benefit from this unique biotechnology/business enterprise and learning community. Students are encouraged to learn about functions (technical vs. business) that are not related to their declared major.
STUDENTfacturED is a program within the Biotechnology Department at Salt Lake Community College (SLCC). It complements InnovaBio™, a contract research organization (also a company) that accepts research projects from local companies and assigns Biotechnology students to work on them. Providing students with the opportunity to work on real-world projects is excellent research training. InnovaBio participants have reported that the practical experience was invaluable to reinforcing math and science skills learned previously, and boosting self-confidence as college students and budding researchers.
By offering a mentored and supportive yet real-world working and learning business enterprise environment, STUDENTfacturED lets students practice concepts and skills acquired through accompanying coursework and exploit educational benefits gained through project-based learning. This training strategy is especially important to the successful and effective comprehension of quality systems and FDA regulations as they relate to the biotech manufacturing industry. Internships could provide this same learning opportunity, but they are not readily available because of the highly regulated nature of the biotech manufacturing work environment. The goal of STUDENTfacturED is to prepare students, using contextual and practical training, for jobs in biotech manufacturing companies.
STUDENTfacturED development and implementation is a project supported by a National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) grant awarded to SLCC. This project is led by Vivian Ngan-Winward, who is the Principal Investigator. Project staff are working toward sustaining this effort using profits generated by the sale of STUDENTfacturED products.
If you are interested in participating in this program please contact the mentor in your respective area of interest listed on the Contact Us web page and he/she will provide you with the information necessary to participate.
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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1003292. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.