The College of Marin is a community college that sees great opportunity in the life science field, both for students moving into biotech education for the first time, and for working adults looking to gain new skills.
Executive Dean Nanda Schorske reflects on the way educators in Marin are laying the groundwork for life science success: “We already have a biotech program at San Marin High School. We have the high school students coming up the pipeline and we have the jobs at the other end of the pipeline,” says Nanda, going on to explain that the College plans to "serve the niche of research, designing programs with the support of employers, to offer stackable certificates that will appeal to a range of students and job-seekers.”
The College is working closely with employers to identify skills gaps and plan programs accordingly. She continues, “we’re comparing job descriptions with existing courses and asking employers for concrete input on what they’d like to see included to train students. We’re looking to place interns in industry, and hopefully find professionals interested in teaching.”
The College anticipates that future programs are going to strongly appeal to Marin residents looking to upscale their qualifications and upgrade their jobs, drawing enrollment both from recent high-school graduates and more experienced, mature workers coming back into the workforce.