Cloud County Community College is taking the classroom –or more specifically, the laboratory – to students in Kansas who may have difficulty leaving their farm or their full-time job to train for the better employment opportunities in the fast-growing field of Agri-Biotechnology.
Cloud County's Agri-Biotechnology certification is designed to train entry-level workers for the exploding bioscience industry in the Junction City and Manhattan areas.
The Associate of Applied Science degree with 30-hour Agri-Biotechnology Certification equips graduates to work as laboratory technicians, research/development scientists, sequencing technicians, cell culture technicians, research, bioinformatics or protein purification technicians as well as cDNA library coordinators.
The mobile lab, which was introduced at this year's Western Kansas Manufacturers' Association Workforce Summit in Topeka, will travel to several communities in the northeastern part of the state and be available for students to learn and practice their skills in a state-of-the-art laboratory without requiring them to leave their farm or job to come to campus for classes.
It is designed to provide hands-on, specialized job-training that complements online learning classes.