The VGCC Bioprocess Technology Program will prepare men and women to work as process technicians in biological products manufacturing facilities. Some possible jobs include mixing chemicals to make cancer drugs, formulating medical and cosmetic creams and DNA testing kits.
Graduates will complete a two year Associates of Applied Science degree and may work for local companies such as Iams, Novozymes, Revlon and Bayer. Graduates will help attract economic growth to Vance, Granville, Franklin, and Warren counties as companies desire to open and expand in the area with a well-trained workforce.
First year courses include basics such as biology, chemistry, college algebra and computers, as well as industrial courses in bioprocessing., biochemistry and industrial environment. The first summer and subsequent semester of the program include a cooperative work experience in a local biotechnology company. The second year includes specialized courses in industrial bioprocessing, research and reporting and statistical quality control.
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Certificate Level Option: Bioprocess Technology (Certificate)