Academic and Workforce Development Infrastructure
Workforce development and specialized industry training
Another resource the state offers is BioNetwork. BioNetwork is a statewide initiative connecting community colleges across the state to leverage all the colleges' resources to provide specialized training, curricula and equipment for the life sciences industry sector, including critical hands-on training. BioNetwork provides:
- Education and training in fields ranging from a Biofuels Associate Degree to Agricultural Biotechnology, and more.
- Specialized certificate programs and more extensive curricula in fields such as industrial systems technology, welding and other industrial programs
- Community Colleges provide up-to-date, industry-compliant curricula and short courses
Top universities for research
North Carolina is ranked the number three biotechnology state in the U.S., and number two in agricultural biotechnology research. Many of the top agricultural biotech companies are located in the RTP, where they have access to North Carolina's top university researchers and are only 45 minutes from North Carolina's Biofuels Campus. North Carolina's University System provides sophisticated research in depth statewide, including algae research at MarbioNC at the coast to forestry and energy grass research at NC State University. The RTP is rated as one of the regions in the U.S. with the highest number of PhDs per capita.