HCC Coleman College Targeting Disabled Veterans to Support Expected Employment Growth in the Biologicals and Biosafety Industry

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Good jobs are hard to come by. For veterans coming back from war, especially disabled veterans, jobs can be even more difficult to come by. But there is a growing field of jobs that needs to be filled in the biologicals and biosafety industry. These jobs call for specialized training that HCC Coleman College and The University of Texas Health Science Center of Houston are poised to provide.

HCC Coleman College is the only community college located in the largest campus of magnet hospitals, health science education and research institutions in the world, the Texas Medical Center in Houston.

There are at least 79,500 specialized biological-related jobs in the United States and the need for these positions is expected to grow 17 percent by 2018.

The schools received a $500,000 workforce development grant for biosafety training from The Texas Workforce Commission and will now work together to fill a growing need within the American economy. This program encourages veterans, and others interested in a new career, to enter the emerging field of biological-related careers.

There are at least 79,500 specialized biological-related jobs in the United States and the need for these positions is expected to grow 17 percent by 2018, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Dr. Robert Emery, vice president of Safety, Health, Environment and Risk Management at the UT Health Science Center in Houston explains why the field is expanding so quickly. “Potentially infectious agents are encountered in a variety of settings: health care, diagnostics labs, biomedical research, public health departments, police and emergency response, and industry,” said Dr. Emery. “Trained biosafety professionals are needed to help the individuals who work with these agents to remain safe, and to protect the public's health as well.”

While the program aims to help veterans, it is not limited to just them. “Our hope is that our targeted recruitment will help these individuals enter into a viable career in the civilian sector,” said Dr. Emery.

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 are especially targeted for this program, but it is open to all eligible students.

Founded in 2004, HCC Coleman College is one of six colleges within the HCC district and offers associate degrees and certificates in 21 health science fields in a state-of-the-art academic environment. A member institution of the Texas Medical Center, HCC Coleman College provides its students unsurpassed access to world-renown health science resources and as a campus of the Houston Community College System, 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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