VGCC offers BioWork training program on two campuses

Classes to train area residents for jobs in the growing biotechnology manufacturing field are scheduled to start soon at both Vance-Granville Community College’s Franklin County Campus near Louisburg and at the Main Campus in Vance County. Both campuses have state-of-the-art biotechnology labs in which to conduct the “BioWork” Process Technician training course.

A BioWork class will be held in the lab on the Franklin Campus on Tuesdays, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., Sept. 20 through Nov. 12, with additional coursework completed online.

The class to be held in Building 8 on the Main Campus is scheduled for Mondays from 6 until 10 p.m., Oct. 3 through Nov. 28, again with additional coursework completed online.

Dr. Tara Hamilton is the instructor for the Franklin Campus class, while Nicholas Hendley will teach at Main Campus.

BioWork is a training course that introduces students to the basic skills and general knowledge necessary for entry-level process technicians in bioprocessing, pharmaceutical and chemical manufacturing. An emphasis is placed on student equipment usage. Upon successful completion of this course, students are eligible to sit for the Process Technician Certification Examination.

The cost of the course is $255.25, including the cost of a textbook that will be provided. Grant funding is available to help eligible students pay for registration fees, certification fees, books and other supplies. Students who qualify for the grant program will participate in a free “HRD/Pathways to Your Career course” on Saturdays from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., Oct. 8 through Oct. 29, on VGCC’s Main Campus.

Prospective students can register and pay for this and other Occupational Extension courses online ( Individuals also have the option to register and pay for classes at any campus.

A high school diploma or its equivalent is the only pre-requisite for the course.

For more information, call VGCC at (252) 738-3452.