VGCC offers BioWork training program on Franklin Campus

Monday, January 8, 2018
A woman works with equipment in the biotech lab

Classes to train area residents for jobs in the growing biotechnology manufacturing field are scheduled to start soon at Vance-Granville Community College’s Franklin County Campus near Louisburg. The “BioWork” Process Technician training course is being offered in a hybrid format that involves some instruction in the biotechnology lab on campus combined with additional instruction online.

The on-campus portion will be held on Monday evenings from 6 until 10 p.m., Feb. 5 through April 9. Nicholas Hendley will serve as the instructor.

BioWork is a course that provides an overview of bioprocess operations and trains individuals for entry-level careers in the fields of biotechnology, pharmaceutical and chemical manufacturing.  Students receive instruction in safety, quality, math and measurement, manufacturing process technology, process control and computer literacy as well as equipment usage. 

The cost of the course is $255.25, including the cost of a textbook that will be provided.

Prospective students can register and pay for this and other Occupational Extension courses online at or at any VGCC campus.

A high school diploma or its equivalent is the only pre-requisite for the course.

The deadline to register is Jan. 31. For more information, contact Director of Occupational Extension Kyle Burwell at 252-738-3300 or