Career Technical Programs & Consortia
Ohio’s College TechPrep and Project Lead the Way programs offer middle and high school students a hands-on, career focused experience which can either form the necessary foundations for entry in to the workforce on graduating high school, or prepare the student for continuing higher education at 2 or 4-year colleges.
Ohio College TechPrep
24 Ohio schools currently offer the Biotechnology Lab Technology
program, many having articulation agreements with 2-year colleges offering applied science associate degree programs in biotechnology. Graduates from these programs can seek employment with biomedical and bioagriculture companies, biopharmaceutical (including other bio-related fields as a laboratory technician trained in lab protocols, laboratory safety and regulations, and hand-on biotech techniques). Transferable laboratory skills also enable the graduate to seek opportunities in various medical laboratory positions. These positions require knowledge and hands-on precise laboratory skills that utilize technical equipment, measurement and data gathering abilities.
A typical 3 year curriculum as offered through the Miami Valley Consortia schools is shown here: www.mvtechprep.org/programs/programbio.htm
Project Lead the Way Ohio (PLTW)
Ohio is proud to be part of the newest PLTW initiative — to develop a biomedical science career pathway as part of a national movement to promote students entering the field.
The Project Lead the Way® Biomedical Science™ program
Students interested in math, sciences and the human body will find this program a great introduction to the numerous medical fields. It will also teach them how the skills they learn are used in the biomedical sciences.
Universities, Colleges, and Career Centers
Ohio is home to 213 post secondary education establishments. These institutions produce hundreds of thousands of qualified future employees; 638,000 students are enrolled in Ohio’s 2- and 4-year colleges, while more than 120,000 Ohio adults are learning new skills and technologies in career centers.
Ohio's network of public colleges and universities, the University System of Ohio, includes 13 universities with 24 branch campuses, a public medical school, and 23 two-year technical and community colleges working in a collaborative, cooperative environment across the state. With a mission to provide affordable, high quality higher education opportunities for all Ohioans, programs and curricula are designed to meet Ohioans' needs for the 21st century.
Ohio College and University Maps
Ohio’s two-year colleges and career centers are spearheading an economic transition from a more traditional base to one which embraces high-technology industries, through providing the training and education required both for entry level staff and incumbent workforce. Our two-year colleges currently offer associates bioscience degree programs at six schools, focused on graduating technicians to enter the workforce in a variety of research, development and manufacturing settings in industry and academic/state and federal labs. Tailored associates bio-manufacturing degree courses are in development and will be implemented shortly, although specialized non-degree courses in medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturing have just been rolled out at Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland in response to regional industry needs.
Non-Degree Bioscience Programs:
Cuyahoga Community College
– Medical Device Manufacturing Certificate, Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Course