BABEC is proud to be part of the leadership team of InnovATEBIO, the new National Center for Biotechnology Education, funded by the Advanced Technological Education (ATE) arm of the National Science Foundation (NSF). InnovATEBIO is a community of practice for community college and high school biotechnology educators from across the nation. The primary goal of this consortium is to address the need to educate highly skilled technicians for the nation’s biotechnology workforce. BABEC supports this work because we believe that the Skilled Technical Workforce offers durable career opportunities for students from underserved and underrepresented communities, providing them with an entry-point into an industry that can offer a lifetime of career growth and advancement.
The InnovATEBIO community enhances biotechnology education programs by providing cutting edge professional development for instructors, by improving curriculum, by members making use of technologies, and by creating a system for sharing information. InnovATEBIO continues to support a cadre of well-trained instructors and is helping to increase the number and quality of biotechnology education programs. InnovATEBIO help introduce a wide range of underrepresented students to biotechnology, by helping them acquire the knowledge and skills essential to the field and advance their education in math, science, and engineering. BABEC’s role on the team is to serve as a bridge between high schools and community colleges, so that youth can enter a seamless and well-supported pathway into a career in biotechnology.