Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - 10:13am

The John R. Oishei Foundation, located in Buffalo, has awarded JCC a $71,000 grant to help the college purchase an array of high technology equipment for its biotechnology degree program.

“JCC is excited about this gift from the Oishei Foundation, which will enhance our efforts to engage more local young people in pursuing biotechnology careers,” said Jean Schrader, assistant dean of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

“Offering a biotechnology program in JCC's service area will help increase the economic self-sufficiency of residents by connecting them to stable and high-paying employment in this emerging industry,” she added, noting that the program also expands the trained workforce needed to sustain the biotechnology sector in western New York.

JCC launched its associate degree program in biotechnology in June 2008, focusing on a cutting edge curriculum to give graduates the 21st century skills needed to be competitive. The program, coordinated by Jacqueline M. Crisman, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology, is enhanced by several articulation agreements with colleges and universities to which students can transfer to pursue studies in pharmacy, chiropractic, optometry, and medicine, among others.

The college also offers a Summer Undergraduate Research Institute to engage individuals in undergraduate research that will enrich their educational experience and improve their marketability in the biotechnology workplace.

The John R. Oishei Foundation strives to be a catalyst for change to enhance economic vitality and the quality of life for the Buffalo Niagara region. The foundation was established in 1940 by John R. Oishei, founder of Trico Products Corporation.

For additional information on JCC's biotechnology program, call Dr. Crisman at 716.338.1373.

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