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Advanced Manufacturing Careers Pathways Grant

You may be eligible for a grant to cover tuition and fees while you earn your degree!

Students who are at least 18 years of age and are planning careers in the Biotechnology field may be eligible for a grant that will cover the cost of tuition and other fees for two years of full-time study needed to earn an associate's degree. Contact Bill Rotenberg, Advanced Manufacturing Career Navigator, to help determine your eligibility and aptitude.

Those selected for the grant program will be eligible for up to $8500 to cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, and other related expenses. This grant does not have to be re-paid!

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These are exciting times for careers in biotechnology where biology and state-of-the-art technology are converging to address and solve some of today’s most urgent health and scientific issues. Amazing discoveries, inventive new products and dynamic new applications are occurring daily—making biotechnology an unprecedented opportunity. The New York State Education Department estimated that the biotechnology sector will add 20,000 jobs per year, and the industry has been targeted for development by 40 state governments with a number of new initiatives.

The Biotechnology Associate in Science (A.S.) degree program at Genesee prepares you to transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue a baccalaureate (or higher) degree, or you can immediately launch your career with employment in research labs at educational institutions and at growing number of biotechnology companies.

Genesee’s program was designed in cooperation with the biotechnology departments at several four-year colleges and universities in New York State providing a strong foundation for careers as a biotechnician. This professional sets up and operates laboratory equipment and experiments, gathers and records data, calculates results, and assists in research and in the manufacture of new products or systems, all under the guidance of scientists. There is a high demand for this type of employment in research laboratories in universities, as well as pharmaceutical and food processing companies.

At Genesee, you’ll receive a foundation of knowledge in Biology, Molecular Biology, and Microbiology and supplement your class time with hands-on experience in Genesee’s well-equipped biology laboratories. Experts in the field are invited to present seminars about various topics as well. Courses in the program focus on developing skills in the following areas:

  • Bacteriological Methods studies laboratory safety including sterile techniques, selecting and preparing differential media, assaying plaque, microscopy, bacterial culturing techniques, preparation of reagents and stains, and bacterial conjugation and DAN transformation.
  • Cell and Tissue Culture covers culture equipment and safety, sterile, aseptic and subculturing techniques, cell transfection, quantitative methods such as cell count, viability and differentiation, immunohistochemistry including cryopreservation and immunostaining.
  • Electrophoresis Equipment and Operation, focuses on PAGE principles, agarose electrophoresis, laboratory report writing, micropipetting techniques, gel photography and preparation including calculation of molecular weights, image analysis, enzyme mapping and restriction digests.
  • Genetics Laboratory and Research Techniques introduces cloning techniques including restriction digestion, ligation and transformation; PCR amplification and primer designs; DNA isolation and fingerprinting; DNA quantification; protein separation methods; chromatography including size exclusion and ion-exchange; bioinformatics; and Mendelian genetics and crosses. 

Suggested Prerequisites: Regents-level high school chemistry, biology, and mathematics (through precalculus).

Program Articulation: Rochester Institute of Technology, SUNY Brockport, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY University at Buffalo.


For printer-friendly summary of Genesee's Biotechnology program, please download our Fact Sheet 2.50 MB.


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