Gwinnett Tech Instructors Introduce the Bioscience Field to Gwinnett High School Students

April 02, 2013

Gwinnett Tech Instructors Introduce the Bioscience Field to Gwinnett High School Students
North Gwinnett High School Students Visit the College's Bioscience Lab


Gwinnett Technical College recently hosted 40 North Gwinnett High School biotechnology students, giving the students a "up close and personal" look at careers in the fast-growing bioscience field with a tour and demonstrations in Gwinnett Tech's Life Sciences Center.

While on campus, students spend 30 minutes in four different lab settings, exploring protein research, bioscience careers, bioscience technology and equipment and lab safety. Gwinnett Tech life science instructors Dr. Saphronia Wallace, Herschel Meaders, Dr. Mohammed Salameh, and Dr. Roberts Powers led the sessions.

"This event allowed us to show Gwinnett County Public School students that Gwinnett Tech is one of the best-kept secrets for bioscience education and research in the region," says Dr. Cathy Scholz, dean of life sciences at Gwinnett Tech. "The students experienced our state-of-the art labs and equipment, but also got the opportunity to learn about our exceptional bioscience program."

North Gwinnett High School student Anna Raye said, "I have never been on a college campus before, so I really enjoyed touring Gwinnett Tech and learning about the different areas of bioscience and biotechnology. My favorite session was Dr. Salameh's on protein research."

Gwinnett Tech is a frequent destination for high school students. Most recently in February, 25 sophomores from the Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology came to the college for a shadowing event in the bioscience lab. Students were shown how to perform lab safety inspections, how chemical media is prepared, and enjoyed a tour of Gwinnett Tech's Bioscience department.

Bioscience Program Director Dr. Phil Gibson has also hosted numerous high school groups in the past and is currently creating science labs for 8th graders at Moore and Sweetwater Middle Schools.

The bioscience field is currently one of the fastest growing business sectors in the U.S. and Georgia recently ranked seventh nationally for the number of biotechnology companies, according to Georgia Bioscience Technology Institute.

Gwinnett Tech offers a degree in Bioscience Technology and certificates for Bioscience Environmental Laboratory Technologist, Bioscience Regulatory Assurance Technologist and Clinical Research Professional. GTC also offers more than a dozen programs in other life science and healthcare career fields.

GTC offers more than 50 degree, diploma and certificate options that can be completed in two years or less. For more information, visit or call 770-962-7580.

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