Good to Great event highlights BTEC’s economic development role

Published November 15, 2019

On Monday, Nov. 18, BTEC will be one of three NC State programs featured in an event recognizing the success of the university’s talent development and community outreach efforts. The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) recently named NC State as the recipient of its 2019 prize for Innovation and Economic Prosperity; Chancellor Randy Woodson accepted the award at the 2019 APLU annual meeting in San Diego earlier this month. The Nov. 18 program, sponsored by the Office of Outreach and Engagement, will review the programs described in the APLU award application and the university’s strategies to enhance its community engagement efforts through work with civic, education, business and nonprofit partners.

BTEC Executive Director Gary Gilleskie will speak at the Nov. 18 program, which takes place from 9:00 a.m.–12:00 at Hunt Library. BTEC provides both traditional students and industry professionals with opportunities for hands-on training in the fast-changing field of biomanufacturing. Through its academic and professional development programs, the unique, cross-disciplinary center is helping to transform the North Carolina workforce, grow the state’s economy, and benefit those who train there and, ultimately, the millions of patients worldwide who require biopharmaceuticals.

In addition to BTEC, the program will feature the Poole College of Management’s Entrepreneurship Clinic and the Northeast Leadership Academy. The Entrepreneurship Clinic works to integrate research, teaching, and work-and-learning opportunities to help students build the next generation of businesses in Raleigh. The Northeast Leadership Academy trains principals and assistant principals in 14 counties in northeastern North Carolina to serve as turnaround specialists in underperforming schools.

For more information, visit NC State Engagement: Moving from Good to Great.