EDISON—Middlesex County College has signed an articulation agreement with St. Peter’s College in Jersey City that links the two schools’ Biotechnology programs. Middlesex students who graduate with a grade point average of 2.75 or better in Biotechnology will be guaranteed admission into the St. Peter’s Bachelor of Science Biotechnology program.
“We’re very pleased to see expanding options for our students at private institutions such as St. Peter’s,” said Dr. Joann La Perla-Morales, president of Middlesex County College. “Biotechnology is a field that is important to our nation’s future. It is also one with expanding job opportunities.”
Biotechnology is the science of working with living organisms to produce useful products. Scientists can diagnose and treat diseases, and create new and better crops to feed people. Biotechnologists are developing oil-eating bacteria to combat oil spills and other environmental problems. They can make vaccines, antibiotics, antibodies, organs for transplantation, improved crops and biodegradable plastics. Biotechnology is essential to medicine, medical diagnoses, drug production, genetic testing, gene therapy, agriculture, crop protection, genetic engineering, forensics and environmental protection.
Dr. Karen Hays, vice president for academic and student affairs, said this program is especially important in the central New Jersey region.
“The central New Jersey area is a world leader in biotechnology and home to one of the greatest concentrations of biotechnology industries in the world,” she said. “Pharmaceutical companies need highly qualified employees, so it is important for New Jersey to develop a talented biotech workforce.”
The Middlesex program, which began this January, has a similar transfer agreement with Rutgers University.
Dr. Uma Narayanan, coordinator of the Middlesex Biotechnology program, said the college is hoping to develop agreements with other colleges and universities.
“Our biotechnology students, as a result of these articulation agreements, will be able to continue their studies at excellent teaching and research laboratories,” she said.
At the signing of the Biotechnology articulation agreement with St. Peter’s College, seated, from left: Karen Hays, vice president for academic and student affairs at Middlesex County College; Joann La Perla-Morales, president of Middlesex; Eugene J. Cornacchia, president of St. Peter’s College; Marylou Yam, vice president for academic affairs at St. Peter’s. Standing, from Middlesex: Uma Narayanan, program director; Stephen Larkin, interim dean of arts and sciences; Trace Gerow, chairperson of biology. From St. Peter’s: Richard P. Petriello, academic dean; Leonard J. Sciorra, chairperson of applied science and technology. Photo courtesy of Middlesex County College
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