Strong Pipeline for Biotech Labor
In today’s global economy, people are the most important asset to any company and North Carolina gives them what they need to flourish.
Our skilled workforce with highly specialized pools of talent is already here to give your company a competitive advantage. Our workers are dependable, hardworking and more than that, they are happy. That’s because they have a diverse selection of career opportunities, specialized educational support and an array of activities for an active after-hours lifestyle catering to their interests. It makes sense that North Carolina’s workforce is successful and productive. In fact, North Carolina workers are 36% more productive than the average U.S. worker.
And productive, happy workers create better businesses. They, along with a vast infrastructure and a collaborative, business-friendly environment, ensure that businesses here have what they need to make things happen. Universities, community colleges and other training programs coupled with a growing population provide a workforce with the skills that are in demand globally.
Unique Bio-Workforce Training Programs
Training workers to meet the specific needs of a given industry is a North Carolina specialty. For the biotech and life sciences industry, North Carolina has created a unique educational consortium known as NCBIOIMPACT. Built from the ground up in collaboration with the business leaders who demand a well-trained workforce, NCBIOIMPACT combines resources from educational institutions, industry and non-profit organizations to provide a flow of educated workers at all levels. The effort provides not only for entry-level employees, but also strengthens training programs for incumbent workers at companies across the state. Following an initial investment of $70 million from the non-profit Golden LEAF Foundation, the state continues to show unprecedented commitment to help the life sciences industry Thrive in North Carolina®.
- Every year, North Carolina institutions graduate over 5,500 students in engineering-, biology- and chemistry-related fields
- North Carolina’s 58-campus Community College System offers many biotechnology-related curricula
A statewide initiative from the renowned North Carolina Community College System, BioNetwork provides hands-on education and training at more than 20 campuses and six centers focused on specific aspects of biotechnology.
Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center (BTEC)
As the world’s largest facility dedicated to hands-on training for biotechnology, the 82,500-square-foot BTEC compound at N.C. State University provides students with a capstone experience using large-scale equipment, including bioreactors, downstream separation and purification processes, bioreactor control systems and aseptic processing operations with emphasis on cGMP and industry standards.
Biomanufacturing Research Institute and Technology Enterprise
Offers students training in process analytical technology and development, quality assurance and quality control at its state-of-the-art 52,000-square-foot facility located at North Carolina Central University.