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Ventura College Hosts the Amgen Foundation “Biotech Summer Experience”

Education--venturacollegeVentura College Hosts the Amgen Foundation “Biotech Summer Experience”VENTURA, Calif. – Ventura College was proud to host selected Buena High School students for the Amgen Foundation’s “Biotech Summer Experience” workshop from June 26 through June 29th.

The Amgen Biotech Experience was an innovative four-day science education program that provides research-grade equipment, supplies, curriculum, and professional development to middle and high schools. The program features a hands-on molecular biology curriculum designed to introduce students to the excitement of scientific discovery.  Ventura College Vice President of Business Services David Keebler said, “Ventura College is proud to participate and host this enriching Biotech Summer Experience for our community’s high school students.”

After submitting applications, 24 Buena High students were chosen to participate in the workshop which took place in the Applied Science Center at Ventura College. Participating students learned and practiced skills used in advanced biotechnology laboratories, including working with DNA and bacteria. Amgen, Ventura County’s largest private employer, is a pioneer in modern medical research and manufacturing.  Ventura College is pleased to collaborate with Amgen to host this exciting opportunity that will provide students with hands-on biotech labs and concepts experience.

Ventura College Biology Instructor, Jennifer Garner facilitated the program providing the local high school students with campus tours during the students’ time on the college campus. Ventura College offers an Associate of Science degree and a Certificate of Achievement in Biotechnology. The Biotechnology Program is designed to prepare students for employment in a variety of industries that increasingly use biotechnology techniques.

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