HCC Coleman College Teams with UT Health Science Center in Offering Biosafety Career Training for Disabled Veterans

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A unique new college program is aiming to reward disabled veterans for their service and to assist them in utilizing specialized skills in the field of biosafety in order to benefit society. Disabled veterans, as well as students currently enrolled at the HCC campuses, are eligible for and encouraged to enroll in HCC Coleman College's new biosafety career training program.

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This new program is an incredible opportunity, not only to our students and the member institutions, but for the disabled veterans who have given so much for our country.

At the center of the program is HCC Coleman College for Health Sciences. The college, part of the six colleges within the HCC district, will be working with The University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston to train, graduate and provide job placements to students who have successfully completed their biosafety program.

The two institutions have received a grant to establish the Biosafety Training Center. There is an increasing need for biosafety technicians in society because the National Institutes of Health has placed a renewed emphasis on biosafety with the goal in mind to reduce accidents and exposure to biological and chemical agents.

The program is the first of its kind in the area and students enrolled in the program will receive a hands-on experience working with experienced biosafety specialists.

“This new program is an incredible opportunity, not only to our students and the member institutions of the Texas Medical Center, but for the disabled veterans who have given so much for our country,” said Betty Young, Ph.D., J.D., president of HCC Coleman College for Health Sciences. “What better way to say thanks than to provide them with the training necessary for them to re-enter the civilian workforce?”

The focus of the 29-credit-hour certificate program will be to teach students current laboratory techniques used in biological research and development and to develop skills in protocol and regulation reviews, environmental monitoring techniques and emergency response. Successful students will also be able to recognize chemical and bioterrorism risks.

Veterans, as well as students currently enrolled at the HCC campuses are eligible for the program.

Founded in 2004, HCC Coleman College is one of six colleges within the HCC district and is the only community college in the Texas Medical Center, the largest campus of magnet hospitals, health science education and research institutions in the world. HCC Coleman College confers associate degrees and certificates in 21 health science fields in a state-of-the-art academic environment, and as a campus of Houston Community College, offers affordable, rewarding futures.

For more information visit the school’s website or find them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/hcccolemancollege.

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