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Job prospects promising for Bioscience Technology graduates

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Student Amanda Moses discusses her project with Rory Francis, Executive Director of PEI BioAlliance.


 The Bioscience Technology lab in the college’s Charlottetown Centre was filled to the brim with visitors last week, an unusual occurrence in the state-of-the-art classroom. Graduating students from the two-year program were rubbing elbows with representatives from businesses related to the bioscience industry, members of the bioscience community, and people interested in finding out more about the program when they presented their final research projects in a poster session.   

Learning Manager Mike Gibson was pleased with the turnout.

“It was very encouraging to see so many people from industry here. The students worked hard to pull everything together in time for the open house, so they really appreciated the interest that the event generated,” he said.   

This is the second graduating class from the Bioscience Technology program, and all indications are that the demand for their skills is by no means abating. Almost all of this year’s graduates have received employment offers from local companies. The program’s ability to train students to meet the industry’s demand is clearly one of the keys to its success.   

Students welcomed the opportunity to discuss their final projects with visitors.


 “I have had opportunity over my 27 years in the Biological vaccine manufacturing industry to have interviewed and hired many graduates who majored in various science disciplines,” says Daryl Pint, Senior Manager of Technical Operations for Novartis Animal Health Canada Inc. “I have found the students graduating from the Bioscience Technology program are specifically trained in application. The Bioscience Technology program not only teaches students theory but trains them in practical application.  I am amazed at the abilities of these students to quickly enter our various R&D, Quality Control, and Technical Operations departments and make an immediate impact.   

 “We continue to seek graduates from this program because of the high standards they are required to meet for graduation,” he added.   

Student Jillian MacAulay discusses her final project with visitor Jessy Livingston-Thomas.


The Bioscience Technology program trains students to work as technologists in the biotechnology areas related to pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, environment, food and agriculture. Students learn basic laboratory skills, analytical and organic chemical procedures and microbiological techniques. Specialized techniques in molecular biology, genetics, tissue culturing, protein purification and immunology are emphasized, as well as industrial processes in food, pharmaceutical and nutraceutical production, and the health and safety issues associated with these work environments.   

Rory Francis, Executive Director of PEI BioAlliance, says the college’s Bioscience Technology program has responded well to the needs of the industry.

“Holland College has truly exceeded the expectations of our BioAlliance partners, who first recommended the establishment of the program. From the outstanding commitment of instructor Dr. Michael Gibson, to the satisfaction of our bioscience businesses with the quality of the graduates, to the high degree of employment success for the students, the Bioscience Technology program is a huge success.”   

Student Ashley Patterson discussing her research with Rory Francis.

Student Sarah Daley explains her research to Marty Poy, Manager of Technical Service, Phyterra Bio Inc.



Written by Sara Underwood

May 21, 2010 at 2:49 pm

Posted in Alumni, Students

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