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Biotechnology Magnet Academy

Biotechnology Magnet Academy at Southwood High School
Growing a Regional Biotechnology Workforce

The presence of a competent, well-trained workforce is a critical factor for our region to attract and retain biotechnology-based industries. In response to this need, the Biomedical Research Foundation has partnered with Southwood High School, Caddo Parish Public Schools, Louisiana State University Health Shreveport, LSU in Shreveport and participating biotech companies to create the Biotechnology Magnet Academy. Now in its seventh year, the Academy has 85 students. Students enter the program as freshmen and complete a rigorous curriculum that far exceeds that of a basic high school curriculum. The first year of study is dedicated to ethics, anatomy and physiology, the second year to microbiology, the third year to molecular and cellular biology, and the senior year to research techniques, including a semester internship in labs at LSU Health Shreveport.

For more information, please contact Ms. Lisa Nance, Biotechnology Magnet Academy Coordinator, at Lisa.Nance@gmail.com, TEL: 318.686.9512, or visit http://www.southwoodcowboys.org/biotechnology-magnet-program.