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BIOTECH Pathways

Harford Community College is focused on creating accessible pathways for future biotechnicians to progress from public high schools, to degree and certificate programs, to biotechnology careers and/or further study at four-year universities.

A Biotechnology Advisory Board survey was developed by the grant team to assess entry-level skills required by employers. Findings  were disseminated to the biotech education community and as a result, Harford developed six new biotechnology courses, a revised Biotechnology Certificate, and a new AAS degree in Biotechnology.


BIOTECH Pathways Benefits and Objectives


  • Develop skills identified by industry partners for employability
  • Educational Partnership Agreement between the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Chemical Biological Center and Harford Community College for a Biomanufacturing Cooperative Educational Program  |  Dr. Peter Emanuel and Dr. Jared DeCoste
  • Sea Phages research experience
  • Paid internships:
    Adaptive Phage Therapeutics  |  Institute of MArine and Environmental Technology  |  Integrated Pharma Services  |  US ARmy Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense

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Supported by a $493,912 grant from the National Science Foundation


  • Develop the AAS in Biotechnology degree and the Biotechnology Certificate programs to align with industry skills, knowledge, and competencies.
  • Increase student enrollment and completion in Harford's biotechnology programs, with an emphasis on recruiting underrepresented students, via hands-on community outreach with high school students and their families. Outreach will also include information regarding academic and career opportunities in biotechnology.
  • Ensure that every Harford Community College biotechnology student possesses the professional, field-specific, and career-readiness skills to succeed in biotechnology employment.

BIOTECH Pathways Events

BIOTECH Pathways Workshops for high school students and families were held  in Spring 2021 and 2022.

83% GAIN IN KNOWLEDGE OVER SEVEN ASSESSMENT AREAS. Results from the BIOTECH Pathways Workshops indicate participants’ self-reported gains in knowledge of biotechnology and related career and academic options by an average of 83% over seven assessment areas.

BIOTECH Pathways Teaching Academy 
An opportunity for high school STEM teachers to learn ways to integrate biotechnology content into their curriculum.

FREE 2022 BIOTECH Pathways Summer Institute
Hands-on, minds-on laboratory experiences, gain biotechnology skills, and learn more about what a career in biotech has to offer. 8AM–4 PM  |  AUG 1-5, 2022  |  Open to all 2021-22 high school students (including new graduates) who have taken at least one high school biology course. 


This project is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 2000193. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed on this report are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.