The Allegheny Women’s Biotechnology Workforce Collaborative (AWBWC) is a research based educational intervention designed to support participants with “lifelines” using blended learning as they further their education and enter the biotechnology workforce. This holistic educational approach provides didactic instruction with a focus on individualized learning using technology to foster personal skill development and mentoring from industry professionals.

The AWBWC participants live at 60% below the poverty level and 90% have been victimized. This comparative study is based on a new model and its impact upon achievement. The quantitative data includes participant grade point average (GPA), technology usage, and rate of attrition. The qualitative data includes emails, text messages, focus groups and face-to-face interviews.

Additionally, anecdotal evidence indicates the children of participants have increased self esteem, perform better in school as measured by GPA, and have an increased desire to pursue higher education.

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National Science Foundation

Comparative Blended Learning Practices and Environments

5 graduating from CCAC beat the odds

Two-Year Community: The Impact of the Clinical Social Worker in a Community College Biotech Program: A Cohort Study 

Duquesne University Honors Zuckerman-Parker with Mind, Heart and Spirit Award

(INSERT PHOTO from presentation to the US Congress)