Welcome to Lakeland Community College's department of biotechnology science
Lakeland's biotechnology science program has a greater than 90% placement rate into jobs in the field or matriculation to a Bachelor's degree1. Full scholarships are provided by the Choose Ohio First scholarship program supported by the Ohio Department of Higher Education. See the program director for details.
Lakeland's biotechnology science program is the first of its kind in Northeastern Ohio. The program provides students with both in-depth understanding and hands-on experience in a wide range of biotechnology science laboratory techniques. Students may choose between a traditional, laboratory-based program of study or a hybrid course of study including extensive computer science offerings. During the final stage of the program, students are provided an internship at a local academic or industrial laboratory. Northeastern Ohio's biotechnology science community includes world leading biomedical research institutions, such as the Cleveland Clinic and Case Western Reserve University, as well as a growing number of independent "biotech" companies. One of the most important elements for the expansion of Northeast Ohio's biotechnology / biomedical industries is the need for a supportive infrastructure. Graduates of Lakeland's biotechnology science program will help fill the increasing need for competent biotechnology science technicians.
Sources: Department Of Labor American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant RAD subaward from BioOhio 2010-2013; Lakeland Community College follow-up surveys.
"My professional background in biotech is a little different from the norm because I moved into the sales arena instead of the lab bench. That said, most of my customers are scientists or clinical managers of the biotech/biopharma/medical device companies. Obviously what I learned from Dr. Deak and his biotechnology program has been a huge asset in my career."
- Scott Adams
"This was an amazing start to my college education. I learned many lab basics in a small-classroom setting, which really helped me thrive when I transferred to a four-year university. The small class sizes and hands-on experience at Lakeland helped me learn and understand difficult concepts that I used throughout my education. Dr. Deak is a great professor who is truly invested in his students and wants to see them not only learn, but understand and apply the concepts he teaches, and wants to see us succeed. I love the field because it allows me to help others through learning and research and make a difference. While I was not interested in health care, I always wanted to go into a field that would allow me to help others, and this allows me to do that behind the scenes. I chose to attend Lakeland because it was close to home and affordable (which made higher education possible for me while also working). I was able to take my interest in biology and make a marketable career out of it. Visiting the lab and meeting with Dr. Deak gave me the impression that I would learn a lot of valuable skills and knowledge, while not getting lost in a large university setting. Today I work at the biomanufacturing and microfabrication lab at Case Western Reserve University."
- Allison Bode
"I honestly didn't want to go to Lakeland. I wanted to go to a four-year college but wanted to save money. I ended up seeing the biotechnology program on the website and thought this would be a suitable program. I enjoyed biology and I researched the field and saw that it has a high job demand. Also - the 90+% placement rate from the program was also eye-catching. Dr. Deak even helps find you an internship which will most likely hire you and if not, you will easily find a job. Research isn't all bench work and I wish more people knew that. I now work in the University Hospitals Seidman Clinical Trials Unit as a clinical research specialist. For students considering the program: Never feel like you can't do something, because you can. The professors in the program love to help you. Don't be afraid to fail, because you will, but you will learn from it."
- Shelby Domino
"It's a long story leading up to this, but I needed a degree quickly. I had been going to school for almost five years part time and had numerous roadblocks. Since graduating in 2014, the biotech field has allowed me to pursue several career paths and develop more skills. I now work for Charles River Laboratories. I would tell students who are thinking about the program: since automation is the future, you will need to acquire critical thinking skills to be competitive in today's job market. This program will give you that."
- Jeanna Gaglioti
"This is an awesome program. I have learned so much. The knowledge you gain is exactly what you need to land a great job. The teachers are so knowledgeable and helpful. It's a great program! I love biotechnology because it's everywhere. Once you learn how all these mechanisms are intertwined in our life's it's fascinating. I often watch those forensic TV shows and think it's more than just part of the show. Science is an incredible field to study. I chose this program because I wanted to get into the science field. I knew I was a strong math and science student in high school so it was a great fit."
- Natalie Lopez
"I chose the program after speaking with Dr. Deak. I already had an interest in biology and always enjoyed science classes but I was unfamiliar with this program. He explained what types of careers could be found with this degree and provided realistic job figures. I signed up for the "Introduction to Biotechnology" course, which I enjoyed, so I stuck with it. While I was in the biotech program I worked at a lab that processes and cryogenically stores stem cells. Currently I work in pre-analytics at the Cleveland Clinic Molecular Pathology lab, I was offered this job before I even graduated. This program offers a lot of career opportunities, teaches valuable hands-on skills that you will actually need in the lab, and is well-respected by companies that are familiar with the program. There are so many different areas that you could focus on within this field that there is something for everyone who has any interest in science."
- Holly Reichert