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PCC Develops BioWork Technician Training through $120,000-N.C. Back-to-Work Grant

GREENVILLE—Pitt Community College administrators announced this month that the college has developed short-term training for individuals interested in work within the pharmaceutical industry.

According to PCC Continuing Education Dean David Lusk, Pitt has created a BioWork Technician program that features a curriculum developed by the Biotechnology Center of North Carolina and pharmacy-specific training. He said the program was established through a $120,000-grant from the North Carolina Community College System’s N.C. Back-to-Work initiative.

Lusk said coursework for the BioWork Technician program was also designed through input from local pharmaceutical manufacturers. The training, he says, consists of 206 hours, which includes 48 hours of employability skills instruction and 30 hours for Occupational Safety and Health Administration safety certification.

N.C. Back-to-Work funding was authorized by the North Carolina General Assembly in the summer to spur statewide economic growth. All 58 of the state’s community colleges were encouraged to apply for the funds to develop short-term (typically 16 weeks or less) training that leads to current and future jobs within their respective service areas.

Lusk said PCC representatives met with officials from various economic development organizations in the region and the N.C. Biotechnology Center Eastern Office to determine the type of training the funds would be used to create for this area.

In addition to development of the BioWork Technician program, Lusk says PCC can use N.C. Back-to-Work funds to provide tuition assistance to members of the North Carolina National Guard and military veterans pursuing law enforcement training, firefighter certification, emergency medical service training, or short-term health care training certification.

For additional details on PCC’s new BioWork Technician program, contact the PCC Division of Continuing Education and Community Development at (252) 493-7388.