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New biotechnology degree opens doors to in-demand careers

May 27, 2008

Northern Virginia Community College is offering a new associate degree that prepares students for careers in the growing biotechnology field.

Graduates of the biotechnology program will be ready to work as laboratory, research and manufacturing technicians. They will understand basic scientific principles in biology and chemistry and be able to perform such laboratory procedures as DNA analysis, electrophoresis and chromatography. Career paths include forensic science, research and development, quality control and assurance, and manufacturing and production.

Interested people can get started this summer. Classes that meet the biotechnology degree requirements are available at most NOVA campuses during a six-week session that begins July 1 and ends Aug. 11. Students may apply to the college and register online at

More information about the biotechnology degree is available at or by calling 703-257-6649.

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Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America’s largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 60,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College’s Web site,