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June 16, 2011
Gwinnett Tech is Only Southeastern Site to Host Bioscience Educators' Training
Session will bring leading researchers to teach bioinformatics and genomics
Gwinnett Technical College, in collaboration with the Dolan DNA Learning Center (DNALC), Bio-Link and 12 community colleges across the country, will host a week-long workshop on genomics in bioscience for college and higher-level high school teachers - equipping these educators with the latest knowledge and techniques in the field.
Genomic Approaches in BioSciences will be offered June 20-24 on the Gwinnett Tech campus in Lawrenceville.
Gwinnett Tech has been selected as the only site in the Southeast for these workshops, designed for undergraduate biology faculty, technical college faculty and advanced high school biology teachers. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, the world's leader in bioinformatics, is collaborating with Gwinnett Tech to offer these educational workshops.
The Genomic Approaches in BioSciences workshops will focus on four key technologies - PCR, DNA Sequencing, RNA interference and Bioinformatics - that will prepare faculty in laboratory technique and career exploration for their students.
"The bioscience program at Gwinnett Tech is a source of leading-edge science that can be applied in the classroom for educational purposes," says Dr. Philip Gibson, director of GTC's bioscience program. "The workshop will be led by researchers from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and will host professors from colleges and universities throughout the Southeastern U.S."
Participants are expected to use the information gained from the workshops in their own classrooms over the next 12 months.
Gwinnett Tech currently offers degree, diploma or certificate options in registered nursing, bioscience, radiologic technology, respiratory care, surgical technology, dental assisting, medical assisting, dental lab technology, veterinary technology and EMT/paramedic technology, many of which are now being expanded. The new Life Sciences Center, opening this fall, will enable the college to introduce new programs in cardiovascular technology, diagnostic sonography, and health information technology, as well as a patient care technician program and bridge programs for practical nursing to registered nursing and for paramedic to registered nursing.
GTC offers more than 45 degree, diploma and certificate options that can be completed in two years or less. For more information, visit www.GwinnettTech.edu or call 770-962-7580.
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Gwinnett Technical College, one of Georgia's largest technical colleges, is committed to delivering relevant knowledge to meet the workforce training needs of the region it serves. The college offers more than 50 associate degree, diploma and certificate programs and hundreds of seminars, workshops and courses providing specialized training. Gwinnett Tech's service area includes Gwinnett and North Fulton counties. Gwinnett Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the associate degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Gwinnett Technical College. In addition, some college programs hold separate licensure or accreditation status with appropriate agencies. For more information, visit www.GwinnettTech.edu.
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