Life Sciences / Biotechnology

Teaching biotech skills, fostering biology research

Economic and Workforce Development (EWD) is an integral part of the California Community Colleges and its Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy framework, investing funding and resources in Life Science and Biotechnology.

You may tap our many resources and services in two ways.

#1 Become a Doing What Matters Business Partner: If you are interested in advising our regional teams about how to leverage funding and design curriculum to meet the needs of the life science and biotechnology industry, contact our Sector Navigator below.

#2 Tap into our LIfe Science and Biotechnology Services: EWD's industry-specific workforce services are coordinated by Deputy Sector Navigators who align community college and other workforce development resources with the needs of industry sectors that result in highly specialized industry training, technical consulting and business development. Life science and biotechnology businesses can access the Biotechnology Initiative that is dedicated to serving California's life science and biotechnology companies with innovative solutions that are unique and customized to your business. We serve the workforce needs of the biotechnology and biosciences communities in California. The statewide and regional directors partner with local and regional industry professionals to design skill-based instruction for employer needs; provide employees for both established and start-up bioscience companies, including bioscience company incubators; work with legislative, governmental, and economic development agencies regarding the bioscience workforce; and partner with biotechnology industry organizations on workforce issues. Emphasis is placed on biotech skills training and education, biology research and bioscience manufacturing.

Collaborates – Connecting Community Colleges with Industry Needs

Facilitates – Program Development and Customized Training

Initiates – Students and Biotech Professionals

California Biotechnology Website:

Cal Biotech Careers

A California Community Colleges program

Contact Information

Sector Navigator

Statewide Sector Navigator

Sandra Slivka
Phone: 619-388-7490

Doing What MATTERS for Business & Industry
Sector Navigator

Deputy Sector Navigators

Region B
SF/San Mateo, East Bay, Silicon Valley
North Bay, Santa Cruz/Monterey

Josie Sette
Phone: 510-979-7952

Region E
San Diego/Imperial

Sandra Slivka (Interim)
Phone: 619-388-7490

“The LA/Orange County Biotechnology Center has proven to be an indispensable asset in meeting the workforce development needs of biotechnology firms in the Greater Los Angeles region through its efforts in outreaching to local K-12 schools, assisting in curriculum development, building connections with local firms to create internship opportunities, and partnering with universities to develop career pathways.”

Ahmed Enany - President & CEO
Southern California Biomedical Council
Southern California's Life Science Industry Trade Association