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Maryland Training Resources

There are a variety of programs and training resources for everyone from individuals just beginning their careers to seasoned professionals who are looking to enhance their skills. Prospective students can choose a program based on their goals and schedule with programs offered full-time, part-time, and with classroom, hands-on, and earn-while-you-learn experiences.

The State of Maryland is home to many colleges, universities, and organizations that offer biotech training programs and degrees both online and in-person. Take some time to browse the list that BioHub has assembled below.

Adult Leaners

Montgomery College
  • Biotechnology Bootcamp: Montgomery College offered a free, four-week biotechnology boot camp in January, sponsored by WorkSource Montgomery, to quickly train displaced workers for entry-level biomanufacturing jobs. The training targeted displaced hospitality workers and others who have experienced job loss because of the pandemic.
BIOTrain
  • Advance your life science career with courses, workshops, and seminars from BIOTrain. Choose from programs that enhance basic work skills, industry relevant skills, or specialized technical skills. All programs are designed with biotechnology guidance and taught by industry experts. BIOTrain in partnership with Montgomery College is supported by an EARN grant from the State of Maryland.
Bio Technical Institute of Maryland, Inc.
  • The Bio Technical Institute of Maryland, Inc. (BTI) offers specialty scientific training and placement assistance for entry-level technicians in Maryland’s rapidly expanding biotechnology industry. A combination of classroom instruction, hands-on training and on-the-job work experience enables BTl’s successful graduates to realize employment options and new careers.

    BTI also offers hands-on training workshops in Animal Cell Culture, Real-Time PCR, PCR, Recombinant DNA Techniques and Protein Expression and Purification. Pre-scheduled workshops are offered in their Baltimore facilities.

Howard County Community College
  • HCC’s Biomedical Equipment Technology (BMET) Apprenticeship Program is a pathway for aspiring or current professionals to excel in the medical industry. BMETs install, maintain, and repair medical equipment and devices used in clinical environments, including hospitals, clinics, and other locations where patient care is administered.

    Over a period of three and a half years, apprentices learn how to test, adjust, monitor, and repair medical equipment, with focus on optimizing operational efficiency to assure patient care can be provided safely. This is accomplished through completion of 46 course credits and 6,000 hours of paid, on-the-job learning, taking place in partnership with healthcare employers across the state of Maryland.

    Graduates of this program earn an associate of applied science degree. HCC is the only college in Maryland that offers a program of this kind.

Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Program
  • The  apprenticeship program enables a student to earn, learn, and train at the same time.  Companies can build and retain their workforce, increase productivity, and receive tax benefits and financial incentives from the State. Click on the Apprenticeship Locator to find registered biotechnology apprenticeship programs with the Maryland Department of Labor. You can select the county(ies) where you want to work, the type of apprenticeship (Regular), and search by Industry (choose Biopharmaceutical and Biotechnology). Current registered programs include:

Enrolled High School Students: Apprenticeships, Internships, Development Programs

Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Program – Youth
  • The  apprenticeship program enables a student to earn, learn, and train at the same time.  Companies can build and retain their workforce, increase productivity, and receive tax benefits and financial incentives from the State. Click on the Apprenticeship Locator to find registered biotechnology apprenticeship programs with the Maryland Department of Labor. You can select the county(ies) where you want to work, the type of apprenticeship (Youth), and search by Industry (choose Biomedical and Biotechnology). Current registered youth biotechnology and biomedical programs include:

    Frederick County Public Schools:

    The Frederick County Public Schools Maryland Youth Apprenticeship program is a collaborative effort with the Maryland Department of Labor and local employers. The program is designed to provide opportunities for students to “learn while they earn”.  Most employers participate in the program to help grow their own work force.

    The MD Youth Apprenticeship program for 11th and 12th graders. An ideal apprenticeship candidate is a student who wants to gain experience in the workplace with plans to continue in that industry after graduation.

    • Frederick Memorial Hospital  – Biomedical Technician
    • Precision Bioservices Inc – Kit Production Technician Apprentice
Project Lead the Way Biomedical Science program
  • The Project Lead The Way Biomedical Science program is a curriculum of high school courses to prepare students for careers or further education in biomedical science. From design and data analysis to outbreaks, clinical empathy, health promotion, and more, students explore the vast range of careers in biomedical sciences. They develop not just technical skills, but also in-demand, transportable skills that they need to thrive in life and career. Some programs may be eligible to receive college credit. See schools that offer the program here.

Emerging Leaders in Biotechnology
  • Mentoring program for high school and college women ages 14-22, connecting them with diverse professionals from STEM careers in Maryland across the greater Washington, DC area, with a focus on DoD-connected careers in STEM fields. Enrollees in the Emerging Leaders in Biotechnology program learn lab skills and techniques that set you apart when applying to college and that first job, soft skills like networking and public speaking, the variety of career options available, build friends, and earn a completion certificate.

BIOTrain

www.biotrain.org

Advance your life science career with courses, workshops, and seminars from BIOTrain. Choose from programs that enhance basic work skills, industry relevant skills, or specialized technical skills. All programs are designed with biotechnology guidance and taught by industry experts. BIOTrain in partnership with Montgomery College is supported by an EARN grant from the State of Maryland.

BIOTRAC

www.BioTrac.com

Bio-Trac, in partnership with Montgomery College, offers graduate/post-graduate level hands-on laboratory training workshops for research scientists. Courses are team taught by active researchers and innovators from leading research institutes and private industry. Bio-Trac courses deliver instruction on current research methodologies.

Bio Technical Institute
of Maryland, Inc.

www.btiworks.org

The Bio Technical Institute of Maryland, Inc. (BTI) offers specialty scientific training and placement assistance for entry-level technicians in Maryland’s rapidly expanding biotechnology industry. A combination of classroom instruction, hands-on training and on-the-job work experience enables BTl’s successful graduates to realize employment options and new careers.

BTI also offers hands-on training workshops in Animal Cell Culture, Real-Time PCR, PCR, Recombinant DNA Techniques and Protein Expression and Purification. Pre-scheduled workshops are offered in their Baltimore facilities.

Maryland Apprenticeship and
Training Program

www.dllr.state.md.us

Frederick Community College recently established a registered biotechnology apprenticeship program with the Maryland Department of Labor. The apprenticeship program enables a student to earn, learn, and train at the same time.  Companies can build and retain their workforce, increase productivity, and receive tax benefits and financial incentives from the State. The program duration is 3 years and comprises 2000 hours/year of full-time on-the-job training (with competitive employee benefits) and 144 hours of academic coursework (tuition is fully covered by the participating industry). Currently, three Frederick companies—VaLogic, Texcell, and Kite Pharma—are participating in the program. FCC does all the paperwork and recruiting of the apprentices for the companies.

Maryland Department of Labor

Maryland Business Works

Maryland Business Works offers matching training funds to upgrade the skills of current employees while also creating opportunities for new hires in in-demand occupations and skills. Trainees must receive a certification and only short-term training is offered. 

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