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PR # 153 February 13, 2009


Raritan Valley Community College has scheduled three upcoming Open Houses for its BioManufacturing Certificate Program. The program, which is free of charge to eligible candidates, prepares graduates for work in biotechnology and the pharmaceutical manufacturing fields.

The 24-week program begins in March. It includes 12 weeks of biotechnology and laboratory instruction, as well as 12 weeks of on-the-job training at a local pharmaceutical company. Students will study chemistry, mathematics, mechanical systems and microbes, as well as develop an understanding of Good Manufacturing Practices and requirements of working in a regulated environment.

Graduates will be able to perform tasks such as preparing buffer solutions, operating filtration and column chromatography, cleaning and preparing glassware, operating autoclaves and working under sterile conditions.

A limited number of candidates will be accepted into the BioManufacturing Certificate Program. Eligible program candidates must be unemployed, meet dislocated worker criteria, demonstrate proficiency in college-level math and English, and successfully complete a competitive interview process.

For additional information about RVCC?s BioManufacturing Certificate Program and its eligibility requirements, attend one of the following Open Houses:

Wednesday, February 18, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Greater Raritan One-Stop Career Center, 75 Veterans Memorial Drive East, Somerville.

Thursday, February 19, 2-4 p.m.: Greater Raritan One-Stop Career Center, 75 Veterans Memorial Drive East, Somerville.

Monday, February 23, 5-7 p.m. RVCC Atrium (lower level, College Center), Route 28 and Lamington Road, North Branch.

For additional information, contact Program Coordinator Deborah Katz, 908-526-1200, ext. 8586, or Wanda Najee-Ullah, Career Development Counselor, Greater Raritan One-Stop Career Center, 908-575-3239.

RVCC, located on Route 28 and Lamington Road in North Branch, NJ, and serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for 40 years, offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates. In addition, customized training programs and non-credit courses are available for those seeking personal and professional development.

The College is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community?s businesses and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu .

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