JCC taking biotech on the road

From News ReleaseJune 1, 2014 

Leslie Holston, left, director of biotechnology programs at Johnston Community College, watches JCC president David Johnson perform a pipetting exercise in the SAM tractor trailer.


Johnston Community College is raising awareness of biotechnology with a mobile science-outreach program.

The heart of the project is the Science and Applied Manufacturing Bio Tractor-Trailer, or SAM for short. Designed to educate the public about college courses and careers in biotechnology and bio-manufacturing, SAM is a high-tech mobile training lab equipped with hands-on stations that teach quality control, good aseptic practices and micropipetting.

Through a partnership with the BioNetwork of North Carolina and Forsyth Technical Community College, SAM is spending six months in Johnston County visiting public schools, local industries and community and career events to promote biotechnology, careers in biotechnology and JCC’s programming related to biotechnology.

“JCC is so excited to bring SAM to our community,” said Leslie Holston, director of biotechnology programs at JCC. “Students need exposure to skills used in science because it supports many jobs in our county such as manufacturing, food production, water treatment and health care.”

To learn more about SAM or to schedule a visit, call Holston at 919-209-2593 or visit jccbiotech.weebly.com.

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