Biotechnology lab experiments have become a common part of many high school and college curricula.  Not only do students use biotechnology methods to perform original research, they learn about biology by carrying out standard techniques such as DNA isolation and transformation.  

To support these activities, many colleges hire biotechnicians to help prepare materials and assist students and teachers with the lab techniques.

The items below also include videos with student interviews and descriptions of educational pathways for students with an interest in biotechnology or related careers.

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Mona Easterling is a professor and outreach planner. She completed the biotechnology program at Tulsa Community College. In addition, she holds an M.S. in Natural Science, a B.S. in Molecular Biology, and an A.S. in Biotechnology. Below, she describes her multifaceted work as a professor and outreach planner at the interface of biotechnology and communication.  Read more

Kasey Shuster is the Biotechnology Outreach Coordinator at Salt Lake Community College, Salt Lake City, Utah. We asked Kasey a few questions about the type of work he does and the preparation required.  Read more

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Internships are a standard part of community college biotechnology and environmental technology programs. Learn what these internships may involve.

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Jen Hajj, Education Director from Hawkwatch International, shows us some red tailed hawks and talks about studying hawk migration patterns.

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Many people working in biotechnology complete both a four year degree and a two year degree in biotechnology at a community college.  Some students attend community college first and pick up lab skills that can help them while working on a four-year degree.  Other students attend a community ... Read more