PASADENA, Texas – San Jacinto College and the National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT) announced a partnership making San Jac the exclusive provider of NIBRT-licensed training in the southern part of the United States. The new training program, operated to NIBRT’s quality standards globally trusted by pharmaceutical industry leaders, will offer regional biopharmaceutical training for new hires quickly, safely, and for a lower cost.
The biotechnology program will begin at the San Jacinto College South Campus in January of 2024 and will initially offer an onboarding certificate to equip new biomanufacturing professionals with the skills and knowledge they need to seamlessly enter the field. The 90-hour, hybrid program with integrated theoretical knowledge, practical hands-on experience, and exposure to industry practices will also be customizable to meet industry partners’ training needs. Future training offerings will encompass all aspects of biomanufacturing, specialized instrumentation and equipment training, and advanced techniques.
San Jacinto College will open The Center for Biotechnology, made possible with support from McCord Development, Inc., on the San Jacinto College Generation Park Campus in the first quarter of 2025. This state-of-the-art facility will provide comprehensive, hands-on training with realistic good manufacturing practices (GMP) simulated environments. The Center will offer an associate of applied science degree in biomanufacturing technology, and shorter credentials for post-graduates, to meet workforce needs.
“The biomanufacturing industry is seeing substantial growth in the Greater-Houston area,” said Dr. Christopher Wild, Executive Director for the San Jacinto College Center for Biotechnology. “The College’s partnership to offer NIBRT’s premier, industry-leading training right here in the Houston-area represents a firm commitment to bolstering the biomanufacturing workforce pipeline which will help position the region for continued growth.”
San Jacinto College is a key member of the NIBRT global program, which includes partners across four continents. The NIBRT Global Partner Programme supports an international alliance of leading training and education organizations to help address the global shortage of a skilled biopharma workforce. The Global Partners Programme enables qualified organizations to license NIBRT’s expertise, curriculum and intellectual property to provide biopharma training and education capability in their region. Further information is available on the NIBRT Global Partner Programme here: nibrt.ie./global-partners-program.
“NIBRT is delighted to partner with San Jacinto College to help train the biopharma manufacturing workforce of the future,” said Darrin Morrissey, CEO of NIBRT. “The NIBRT team have been very impressed by San Jacinto’s excellent track record in developing workforce programmes for the Greater Houston Region across a broad range of industrial sectors. We are very much looking forward to working with the San Jacinto team to deliver world class biopharma training programmes to their students”.