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Federal Grants Provide $10 Million for CSU Biotechnology and Sciences

Unemployed, dislocated workers and veterans to benefit

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SDSU, SJSU receive $10 million for biotech and sciences training/placement

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(February 17, 2010) – Two California State University campuses, San Diego State University (SDSU) and San José State University (SJSU), received a combined total of nearly $10 million in U.S. Department of Labor grants for education, training, and placement services in partnership with the health care and biotechnology industries.

The awards will benefit unemployed and dislocated workers and veterans by providing access to online job search assistance, skills assessment, immersion training, education programs, and on-the-job training.

"These grants allow San Diego and San José State to match the skills training needed in today's high-tech economy with the workers who will benefit the most," said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed. "These grants will create and sustain jobs in the short-term and help sustain California's economic recovery for the future."

In the San Diego region, the Biotechnology Readiness, Immersion, Certification and Degrees for Gainful Employment (BRIDGE) project’s certificate and degree training will focus on fields of high need, including laboratory sciences/technology, regulatory affairs, quality assurance/control, computational sciences, medical physics, and informatics.

In San José, training will prepare participants for licensure and certification as Medical Laboratory Technicians (MLT), Clinical Laboratory Specialists (CLS), Clinical Genetic Molecular Biologist Scientists (CGMBS), and Cytogeneticists.

Both programs build on public and private sector collaboration. Program partners include University of California and community college campuses, laboratories, hospitals, military bases, and leading technology firms.

"These workforce development programs will provide a vital bridge for talented and experienced people coming out of our armed services and for those who have suffered job losses in this rough economy," said David Fleming, group senior vice president of Genzyme Corporation. "We are thrilled to work with California's colleges and universities to enhance the state's and nation's leadership role in the high-growth and high-demand fields of health care and biotechnology."


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