Biotechnology at Quinsigamond Community College Full Clip


>Biology. With a background in biology, the possibilities
for good, well paying, interesting meaningful jobs is endless. Careers as biological technicians, medical
researchers, medical and health service managers who inform about scientific policies and procedures,
genetic counseling: a growing field. Physicians assistant, and nurse practitioners. Teachers, biochemists, pharmaceutical and
medical product sales. Many patent lawyers have a science background. The study of biology at QCC in the state of
the art QuEST Center opens doors to these careers and more. You know what I remember about biology? I remember the smell of formaldehyde. It smelled like victory. Of course, things have changed quite a bit
since then: especially here in the multi-million dollar cutting-edge QUEST Center. I know what you’re saying: “But what about
the course itself?” Well for that, let’s turn to Dr. Benjamin
Benton. He is not only the assistant professor of
Biology here at QCC, but he’s also an amateur historian and very involved in youth sports
as a coach.>One of the important things of being in the
QuEST Center is sort of the hands-on science that we do here. We can give theory and lecture rooms and we
can talk about genetics, but having the students actually perform genetic experiments, or perform
molecular biology and cell biology experiments helps reinforce those ideas by visualizing
it in a different way. Plus, having the QuEST Center labs allows
us to expand our repertoire of skill sets that we can give our students and having discussions
with industry, we’ve been able to purchase equipment that we know are things that are
equipment that those students will work on when they get into industry. So, we’re able to train them and make them
better prepared for the biotech workforce when they get into it.>Whether it’s doing DNA swabs, any number
of experiments, or- you should see what they’re doing with fruit flies. Mutant Fruit flies! With feet, growing out of their head! It’s amazing! But all of this, of course is preparing you
for the careers that you really want. Careers with the ability to clone yourself.>We are not cloning human, but what we are
doing is we’re cloning pieces of their DNA. We’re cloning their information. I like to think of DNA as being your genetic
recipe book.>We live in a region that is a biotech hub. There are plentiful, good, high paying jobs,
but many of these jobs require more than just a high school education.>My plan is to get a job in probably a big
pharmaceutical. I’m just pretty fascinated by the things that
they do, the products they come up with. That they can figure out what causes disease
and how to treat it. More than anything, I was interested in crohn’s. Crohn’s disease. It’s an issue in my family and I was kind
of hoping that someday, maybe I could be involved in finding a cure for it.>There are two types of companies in Central
Massachusetts that are hiring at the associate level. One type of company is a big pharmaceutical
like Abbvie which is in Worcester. At Abbvie, they manufacture the number one
selling drug Humira. There are a lot of small biotech companies
in the Worcester area in Central Massachusetts and a lot of their job is to sort of support
those big pharmaceutical companies. And we actually have place several internships
into some of these biotech companies here in Worcester.>Yes, so at LakePharma we are a contract research
organization, which means that we partner with other companies to help them with their
early drug discovery research. Here in Worcester, we have four different
laboratories, we have the molecular biology group which I am a part of, we have a tissue
culture lab, a protein purification lab, and an acid analytics lab. We’re looking for scientists from all those
different areas. One of the QCC students that- who was a summer
intern, and we subsequently hired is continuing his education in a four-year program and working-
doing that part-time while he’s working here. And then we have other students who- one is
a QCC student which has completed her certificate program and now she’s working with us. And we have a third, who has just finished
her associate’s degree and now considering her options.>Most of our classes are- especially in the
science labs, are capped at 16 to 20 students. This is totally different than if you were
at a big state school where you might be in a class with 100 to 200 students. As a professor, having a class of 16 allows
me to get to know each one of those students. You might be struggling with this particular
facet of genetics. So I can help you and concentrate of that
part of it, because I can recognize it, because I know everybody’s name. I know what their strengths are, I know what
their weaknesses are.>Ok, you’ve got it about the QuEST Center
their cutting-edge technology. Lower cost over those first two years. If you do decide to go on to a four-year university
or you’re well trained to go right into the workforce. Smaller class sizes, labs just 16 to 20 people. You know what? If you decide that biology is in your career
path, still a good foundation as are all the courses here at QCC. Head to the website, check it out!

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