|Principal Investigators:||Robert W. Glover, PhD|
|Sponsor:||WorkSource: The Greater Austin Workforce Development Board|
|Research Partners:||Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, Austin Community College|
|Project Duration:||September 2006 – August 2008|
|Description:||The Ray Marshall Center is conducting an evaluation of a pilot project to enhance educational offering in biotechnology at Austin Community College. Specializations in biotechnical instrumentation and in molecular diagnostics are being developed and implemented in collaboration with industry through a series of teacher externships. In addition, the college is developing a one-semester program in Biotechnology Preparation to provide job applicants with applied skills to access entry-level jobs in biotechnology. Faculty from three ACC departments are involved in this initiative: Electronics, Biotechnology, and Medical Laboratory Technician.
The Ray Marshall Center evaluation is considering both process issues and outcomes of the demonstration. The project will monitor implementation of the project, examining whether implementation was carried out as planned, and if changed, how and why. The evaluation will document the project’s results, assess to what extent the goals and outcomes of the project were accomplished, how well the project served its targeted audiences and constituencies, the measurable returns on investment of the project, and what lessons can be learned from the experience.
This pilot project is funded by the Texas Workforce Commission under its program “Meeting Industries’ Critical Workforce Needs” in biotechnology and administered by WorkSource: The Greater Austin Workforce Development Board. The program aims to foster workforce development for jobs in industry clusters targeted for economic development by Texas and by the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce.
|Reports Available:||Evaluation of the Austin Biotech Workforce Education Consortium
Author: Robert W. Glover
Date: February 2009
Publication Type: Report, 68pp.
Austin Biotech Workforce Education Consortium: First Year Report