Montgomery College’s BioTrain Offers Engaging and Valuable Professional Development Programming for Life Science Professionals

BioTrain™ is a sector partnership of biotechnology companies, government entities, and nonprofit organizations led by Montgomery College that collaborates to shape a technical workforce that is ready for today and tomorrow. The program is located at Montgomery College’s Bioscience Education Center (BEC) and is a critical element to the BioHealth Capital Region’s (BHCR) workforce development ecosystem. 

Established in 2015, BioTrain’s programming focuses on essential and biotech industry-relevant skill development and enhancement. Qualified participants can choose from free programs that can build or augment skills, including basic work, industry-relevant, and specialized technical abilities and knowledge. All of BioTrain’s programs are designed with biotechnology industry guidance and are taught by industry experts. BioTrain’s partnership with Montgomery College is supported by an EARN Grant from the State of Maryland.

This spring and summer BioTrain is offering a strong lineup of live, virtual workshops on building essential skills and industry-relevant topics. (see upcoming workshop details below)

These workshops are led by industry experts and are taught by professionals that are active within their respective fields, ensuring a rewarding professional development experience for all in attendance. 

BioTrain, in partnership with Montgomery College and a host of other collaborators, continues to help biotech professionals advance their skill sets and careers with best-in-class workforce development opportunities taught by actively engaged, deeply experienced, and talented instructors. 

If you have questions, please contact BioTrain’s Program Director Michael Gove at michael.gove@montgomercollege.edu or call 240-567-2245.

Upcoming Essential Skills Training Courses

  • All courses are 2.5 hours
  • Time: 6:30 to 9:00 PM
  • Cost: Free for participants in biotech careers

Building Resiliency
May 19, 2021 
Course Code: CRN 46929

This topic is designed to build resilience, well-being, and optimism. These strengths-based prevention programs equip individuals with a set of practical skills that can be applied in everyday life to strengthen an individual’s ability to overcome adversity, cope with challenges, manage stress, and thrive in their personal and professional life.

Communicating with Confidence
June 9, 2021
Course Code: CRN 46930

Many people think of confidence as a feeling. But in reality, it’s a set of behaviors that you can change and improve over time. By acting confidently, particularly at the start of your career, you can influence how others perceive you and change how you feel about yourself. Hear expert insights and real-life examples on strategies to build your confidence from the outside in.

Effective Listening
June 23, 2021
Course Code: CRN 46931

Few skills are more valuable and practiced more poorly than listening. In today’s high-stress world, communication is more important than ever, yet we devote less time to really listening

to one another. You will learn the pitfalls that interfere with effective listening and how to avoid them. Learn how solid listening skills can be a gift of time that helps build relationships, ensures understanding, solves problems, resolves conflicts, reduces errors, and eliminates wasted time. 

Quality 101 
*Multiple-sessions
**Free to those that meet qualifications

Starts on May 17, 2021
Four Sessions: May 17, 19, 24, and 26
Course Code: CRN 47284

Quality 101 offers an introduction to Quality Management Systems (QMS). The workshop is taught by practitioners who are certified ASQ professionals. Attendees will learn quality basics and understand simple approaches to quality concepts, including:

  • Understanding your customers
  • Developing to become a quality leader
  • Benefits of a process & systems approach
  • Continual improvement practices
  • Fact-based decision-making
  • How to work with suppliers
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