HFCC Sets Biotechnology Day: Henry Ford Community College will host Biotechnology Day 2013 on Tuesday, Nov. 22, from 8:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in the Andrew A. Mazzara Administrative Services & Conference Center on the main campus at 5101 Evergreen Road in Dearborn. Speakers will include Jianping Fu, assistant professor, Biomedical Engineering at the University of Michigan, speaking on “Synthetic micro/nanosystems for rapid bio-molecular analysis and stem cell research;” Brandon Good, forensic scientist from the Michigan State Police Biology-DNA Unit, speaking on “Forensic DNA Analysis;” a nd James Eliason, director of TechTown’s Stem Cell commercialization center, presenting on “Regenerative Medicine: New Biotechnology Frontier.” The purpose of this event is to inform students about current applications of biotechnology; educate students on the breadth of sub-disciplines within the larger field of biotechnology, especially nanotechnology; expose students to biotechnology as a potential career path; and provide students with information about how to pursue a career in biotechnology, with particular emphasis on HFCC’s biotechnology program. Additionally, there will be panel discussions on careers in biotechnology and a résumé workshop. There will also be a recruiting session for students interested in attending HFCC and taking classes in its Biotechnology Program. Founded in 2009, the program integrates authentic work-based experiences, training in modern instrumentation and new technologies, and rigorous science content to produce adaptable technicians that support the changing workplace. Although this program centers on skills identified by regional biotechnology employers, the skills gained by students in this program will prepare them for employment in biotechnology-based industries in other regions of the country and the world. Additionally, skills gained by students in this program will prepare them for advanced training in biotechnology-related fields. The associate’s in Applied Science in Biotechnology Program is an intensive two-year program designed specifically to train students for positions as biotechnology technicians in the region’s molecular biology-based industries and institutions. What makes it so unique is that curriculum is a direct outgrowth of the technical and workplace competencies identified by Southeastern Michigan’s biotechnology employers for technicians. Recently, the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan awarded HFCC a $100,000 grant to develop a collaborative nanotechnology and microsystems technician training program. This grant represents a partnership between HFCC’s biotechnology program, the UM Lurie Nanofabrication Facility, the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network and the Southwest Center for Microsystem Education. Biotechnology Day 2013 is free and open to the public. High school students and students from neighboring colleges and universities are encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be served. The last day to register is Friday, Nov. 15. To register or obtain information about Biotechnology Day 2013, please email biotech@hfcc.edu.

ESD, Pure Michigan Talent Connect Set MiVirtualCareerFair: Employers seeking a cost-effective, faster recruiting opportunity and a unique way to reach today’s connected job seekers should consider the MiVirtualCareerFair, a Pure Michigan Talent Connect tool designed to help Michigan employers find key talent. This online career event provides employers in any industry the opportunity to meet and recruit employees from anywhere in the world, all within a live, 3-D, virtual environment. By participating in a MiVirtualCareerFair event, employers can customize their virtual booth, communicate via chat or webcam with job seekers, upload, view, or search for resumes, and receive in-depth, post event reporting, including chat transcripts. Booths cost $299. For more information or to register, contact Leslie Smith, CMP, at (248) 353-0735, ext. 152 or lsmith@esd.org.