San Diego State University Joins Forces to Offer Biotech Training Through Collaborative Grant Project

This BRIDGE Project is made possible by a $4.95 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant. It will ultimately provide education, training, and placement services to more than 1,000 participants including veterans, dislocated, unemployed, and incumbent workers within the Greater San Diego region.

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The BRIDGE grant, I believe is going to help a lot of individuals, such as myself, to be successful in the market

San Diego, Calif. (PRWEB) February 21, 2012

The collaborative BRIDGE Project provides grant funding for education, training, and employment support services to eligible participants who have a desire to work in the life sciences and biotechnology industries. BRIDGE programs are offered through San Diego State University, the BIOCOM Institute, Miramar College, and the San Diego Workforce Partnership.

Dina Hamideh is an example of a student who received grant funding through the Biotechnology Readiness, Immersion, Certification and Degrees for Gainful Employment (BRIDGE) Project. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in regulatory affairs, but it would not have been possible without the BRIDGE Project.

“It was literally a miracle and blessing. The BRIDGE grant, I believe is going to help a lot of individuals, such as myself, to be successful in the market. I know in the regulatory affairs industry, there’s a demand,” she said.

The BRIDGE Project is made possible by a $4.95 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant. It will ultimately provide education, training, and placement services to more than 1,000 participants including veterans, dislocated, unemployed, and incumbent workers within the Greater San Diego region.

“The BRIDGE grant is designed to provide pathways to employment for students in high school to individuals with advanced graduate degrees,” said Joe Shapiro, dean of SDSU's College of Extended Studies. “This grant will help veterans, unemployed and underemployed workers, and others who are seeking stable employment in the life sciences and biotechnology industries – key economic drivers for the greater San Diego region.”

Space is currently available for the Life Sciences Summer Institute and the Life Science Immersion Program.

Though admission requirements differ for each program, the eligibility criterion for receiving funding is the same for all programs. To learn more about the programs offered and the application process, visit http://www.NeverStopLearning.net/BRIDGE.

Interested students who have been notified that they meet the program prerequisites should contact Tracy Thomas at tthomas(at)mail(dot)sdsu(dot)edu or (619) 594-2591 at SDSU's College of Extended Studies to complete the grant funding eligibility process.

BRIDGE is an equal opportunity employer/program. Upon request auxiliary aids and services are available to individuals with disabilities.

This is a San Diego State University Research Foundation project.

SDSU's College of Extended Studies reaches out to the greater San Diego community, the nation, and the world with a wide variety of lifelong learning classes, seminars, and certificate programs. Career advancement courses are offered in many areas of management, leadership, and quality improvement while self-enrichment courses range from accounting to web design. Additionally, the College offers more than 50 certificate programs, online courses, and many other learning opportunities. For more information or to register, call (619) 265-7378 (SDSU) or log on to http://www.neverstoplearning.net.

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