Scientists at many of the research centers host high school and undergraduate interns, train post doctoral students and volunteer with area schools systems. The commitment to workforce training goes even further:
Rowan-Cabarrus Community College provides an applied science degree program in biotechnology that transforms students into lab technicians and research assistants who work in laboratories across campus. Their 62,000-square-foot training center is in walking distance of all of the campus partners. Rowan-Cabarrus works extensively with small businesses and start-ups through its network of small business centers. The Office of Corporate Education and Professional Development, which is in the NC Research Campus training center, provides companies with customized training programs to meet the need for technical skills (including CISCO), computer training, leadership development, quality training and workplace safety. The R3 Center in downtown Kannapolis provides employment and re-employment training for those who are under- or unemployed.
The Plant Pathways Elucidation Project or P2EP is a multi-million, collaborative project that gives doctoral, masters, undergraduate and even high school students the opportunity to work with academic and industry leaders to research plant pathways and genomes and apply bioinformatics to build a plant pathways knowledge base. Sponsors are the Duke Energy Foundation, David H. Murdock Research Institute, Dole Nutrition Research Laboratory, Holiday Inn Express- Kannapolis, General Mills, NC State University Plants for Human Health Institute, UNC General Administration, the UNC Charlotte Bioinformatics Services Division and several community sponsors.
The NC Research Campus works closely with the North Carolina Biotechnology Center and is within a three-hour drive of the state’s life sciences training programs: the NC Community Colleges’ BioNetwork, the NC State University’s Biotechnology Training and Education Center (BTEC) and NC Central University’s Biomanufacturing Research Institute and Technology Enterprise (BRITE).