MCCC Offers Prep Courses, Internships for Growing Clinical Research Field


WEST WINDSOR, N.J. -- Starting January 2010, Mercer County Community College's Center for Continuing Studies (CCS) will offer two new biotechnology courses targeted to workforce professionals seeking careers in the growing clinical research field. Those who successfully complete both courses may be eligible for internships in the industry.

The development of this curriculum was made possible by Central New Jersey's Bio 1 Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development (WIRED) grant. Qualifying students may be eligible for tuition support, also through Bio 1 funding. Priority consideration will be given to dislocated workers, veterans, and current biotech employees. MCCC is one of four area community colleges participating in the Bio 1 Wired grant initiative, along with Middlesex, Raritan Valley, and Brookdale.

The college will host a free Information Session on Thursday, Jan. 7, at 5:30 p.m. at The Conference Center on MCCC's West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. "This is truly a perfect opportunity for dislocated workers or those seeking a career change." said Dr. Lynn Coopersmith, dean of Organization Development & Community Programs at MCCC. "The courses will provide a thorough foundation in the clinical trials process and the skills and knowledge required for entry level positions. Those who participate in the internship program will gain a realistic understanding of the challenges and expectations in a clinical trials work setting. Such real-world experience gives job seekers a competitive advantage in their job search."

The first course, "Foundations of Clinical Research and Study Design," will run from Jan. 27 through March 13 on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Classroom discussion and hands-on work will give students the opportunity to design a clinical trial, develop a study protocol, understand the assessment and reporting of adverse events and establish guidelines for reporting study results. The second course, "Clinical Research Coordinator/Clinical Research Associate," will provide insight on how to coordinate and monitor clinical trials. Class dates will be determined.

For more information, call (609) 570-3311 or visit the Center for Continuing Studies website here.

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