UC Berkeley partner program provides training for laid-off workers
For a second year, UC Berkeley has partnered with Laney College in Oakland to provide laid-off workers with nanotechnology training to help provide them with more job opportunities.
The program, held at Laney College, is taught by Laney physics instructor Naima Azgui. Azgui created the program because she wanted to reach out to skilled workers who were laid off due to the recession.
Laboratory instruction for the students is conducted in the Biomolecular Nanotechnology Center in UC Berkeley’s Stanley Hall. Center Director Paul Lum and researcher Erik Jensen teach the students during their laboratory sessions.
UC Berkeley and Laney College team up to train workers in medical device technology
A group of Laney College students, all of them displaced workers looking for a new job field, got specialized training this summer in medical device technology at UC Berkeley through a new collaboration between UC Berkeley and Peralta Community College District staff. At least two students have already received Bay Area job offers as a result.
Students received hands-on training at UC Berkeley’s Biomolecular Nanotechnology Center (BNC), a core research center of the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3).
From June through August, a group of 18 students participated in the program, along with a Laney Instructor and a UC Berkeley doctoral student. All the students had been laid off or lost their jobs, and several were from the now-closed NUMMI plan in Fremont.
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