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FORSYTH TECH EMPHASIZES BIOTECH TRAINING

A new initiative to advance training in biotechnology, pharmaceutical production and medical device manufacturing at Forsyth Tech was announced on Tuesday. The community college said in a press release that the initiative is part of a formal alliance between Forsyth Tech’s National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce and the Washington-based Manufacturing Institute.

Emily DeRocco, president of the Manufacturing Institute, said biotech, pharmaceuticals and medical devices are among the growing sectors of the manufacturing economy. The press release states that North Carolina is a “national leader in bioscience research and innovation, with academic bioscience research expenditures rapidly growing beyond 2006 levels of $1.31 billion,” adding that North Carolina is the third largest biotech employer nationwide. Some 42,000 businesses reportedly employ 1.3 million people across the nation in the bioscience sector.

While Forsyth Tech advances its technical education program in Winston-Salem, the steel framework of the main building at the Gateway University Research Park in Greensboro was completed in August. The Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, a collaboration between NC A&T University and UNCG, is expected to open next year.

YOUR FEDERAL STIMULUS DOLLARS AT WORK

Enpulse Energy Conservation, a minorityowned company, reports that it has used $104,000 in federal stimulus funding to create three jobs and service 50 Greensboro homes with free energy audits and retrofits. Enpulse was founded by Derrick Giles, a former utilities and facility operations manager for Procter & Gamble and alum of NC A&T University.

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