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Welcome to Biotechnology Programs

Join the growing biotechnology industry in Frederick County! Due to an ever-increasing demand for biological and medical research, as well as local legislation in support of biotech developments, career opportunities are multiplying throughout the industry with nearly 10% employment growth projected through 2023. Source

To prepare you for success in this growing field, FCC provides expert-led instruction, in-depth knowledge, and essential skills for employment and career advancement in the biotechnology industry. Programs are designed for students to gain real-world experience through partnerships with local biotech companies, including Kite Pharma, Lonza, VaLogic, and Texcell.

“Frederick County, Montgomery County, the City of Rockville, the State of Maryland - all recognize the biotech sector as an engine of growth.” Source: Washington Business Journal

New! Biotechnology Digital Credentials
Digital credentials serve as verification of your knowledge, skills, capabilities, and accomplishments. Displaying and sharing digital credentials provides a more complete picture of your achievements and can be easily recognized and verified by employers, associations, and professional organizations. Learn more.


Note for FCPS High School Students
Frederick County Public School students may receive free tuition through Dual Enrollment at FCC for all courses.  Fee and book scholarships may be available for select programs. Students should speak with their high school counselor first if they plan to enroll in an FCC workforce development course or program.

Get Started in Biotechnology
From high school internships and continuing education classes to workforce training, apprenticeships, and academic pathways, FCC programs deliver hands-on training and valuable experience for a rewarding career. Registration is going on now with classes available in a variety of learning formats.

Biotech Boot Camp

No Cost | No experience required
This hands-on training program, designed specifically for career-minded individuals including current biotech industry employees, provides a comprehensive industry overview with in-depth discussions on regulations, safety, teamwork, and communication, while also delivering in-demand skills, knowledge, and experience often required to secure entry-level employment in the industry. Participation offers an opportunity to earn four Bioscience Core Skills Institute (BCSI) credentials including:
• BCSI Safety-Hazard Assessment
BCSI Small Volume Metrology
BCSI Documentation & Standard Operating Procedure
BCSI Aseptic Technique-Lab Bench

Biotech Boot Camp Interest Form
Thank you for your interest in the FCC Biotech Boot Camp program. To be contacted for the next session, please provide your name, phone and email address below.