January 7, 2014

FRCC Offers Biotechnology Training, Supplies to High School Science Teachers

High school science teachers interested in bringing world-class biotechnology experiments into their school labs at no cost to their school budgets may register for Amgen Biotechnology Experience training classes this month at two Front Range Community College campuses.

Training at the Westminster Campus will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18. To register, contact Fan Yeung, Ph.D, of the Westminster Campus at fan.yeung@frontrange.edu or Jo Charlton, M.S., of the Boulder County Campus at josephine.charlton@frontrange.edu. The Westminster Campus is at 3645 W. 112th Ave., Westminster.

Training at the Larimer Campus will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25. To register, contact Heidi Smith, M.S., at heidi.smith@frontrange.edu. The Larimer Campus is at 4616 S. Shields St., Fort Collins.

FRCC was the first college in Colorado to implement the Amgen Biotechnology Experience. Since the partnership was founded in 2007, Amgen Foundation grants to FRCC of more than $400,000 have been used to introduce more than 12,500 students in Colorado secondary school classrooms to contemporary science techniques.

Teachers are given a robust, hands-on, inquiry-based biology curriculum in addition to a full suite of transportable, research-grade equipment and supplies, at no cost to the participating schools. The equipment and supplies include lab manuals, video clips, reagents, and high-tech equipment. Utilizing Nobel Prize-winning discoveries to prepare a recombinant DNA molecule which carries a gene for red fluorescent protein, students follow many of the steps biotechnology researchers use to produce medicines.

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About Front Range Community College

FRCC offers nearly 100 degree and certificate programs from locations in Boulder County, Larimer County, Westminster, and Brighton, and online.

FRCC is a member of the Colorado Community College System, the state’s largest system of higher education. CCCS serves more than 162,000 students annually. The system oversees career and academic programs in the 13 state community colleges and career and technical programs in more than 160 school districts and six other post-secondary institutions.

About Amgen Foundation

The Amgen Foundation seeks to advance science education; improve patient access to quality care; and strengthen the communities where Amgen staff members live and work. To date, the Foundation has donated over $200 million in grants to nonprofit organizations throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and Europe that impact society in inspiring and innovative ways, and those that provide disaster relief efforts both domestically and internationally.

For more information, visit www.amgen.com/citizenship/overview.html and follow us on www.twitter.com/AmgenFoundation.

About the author:

John Feeley is director of public relations at Front Range Community College. He’s a somewhat-frequent bicycle commuter, a certified soccer referee, and a newspaper editor whose subscription ran out.

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