In partnership with the Dane County School Consortium, the BTC Institute has been actively involved in the development and implementation of the Dane County Youth Apprenticeship Program in Biotechnology, launched through the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development in 1993. Students may elect to complete a two-year apprenticeship or a one-year senior internship.

The program includes paid training in an industry or UW-Madison research lab. Students receive high school credit for their work experience (450 hours required per year) and for participation a specialized biotechnology course held weekly during the Academic Year at the BTC Institute.

For more information, please visit www.dcsc.org/yap

Our recent blog for Promega Connections highlights the value of this experience for all participants: Playing it Forward: Biotechnology Youth Apprenticeship and Mentorship

Second Year Seniors

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Abagale Davis
School: Verona Area High School
Worksite & Mentor:
CRI International Center for Biotechnology
Dr. Steve Tardif

Sophia Liu
School: Waunakee High School
Worksite & Mentor:
UW-Madison Dept. of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Dr. Brian Pfleger

Bren Myers
School: Waunakee High School
Worksite & Mentor:
UW-Madison Department of Biochemistry
Dr. Ronnie Frederick, in the lab of Dr. John Markley

Ava VanDommelen
School: DeForest High School
Worksite & Mentor:
Morgridge Institute for Research
Amani Gillette and Tiffany Heaster, in the lab of Dr. Melissa Skala

First Year Seniors and Juniors

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Robin Alcorta
School: Middleton High School

Samantha Armstrong
School: Oregon High School

Anna Batchenkova
School: Middleton High School

Calvin Coyne
School: Jefferson High School

Jack DeMarco
School: Verona Area High School

Kaylee Finseth
School: Verona Area High School

Isabel Jones
School: Verona Area High School

Elias Kemna
School: McFarland High School

Quinlyn Klade
School: Oregon High School

Garrett Larsen
School: McFarland High School

Travis Leuzinger
School: Mount Horeb High School

Alexandra Lightner
School: Stoughton High School

Nicole McCafferty
School: Sun Prairie High School

Alexander Moen
School: Monona Grove High School

Trevor Pitcel
School: DeForest High School

Dante Sprecher
School: McFarland High School

Noah Welke
School: Sun Prairie High School

Ethan Wyland
School: Oregon High School

I have always been interested in the combination of medicine and biotechnology, and I got the chance to personally explore that because of the Youth Apprenticeship Program. The amount of hands-on, real-world experiences you can get in this program is unparalleled. I’m fortunate to have such a great mentor who is always eager to teach me more about otolaryngology and support me through everything. After having the opportunity to conduct my own research in laryngeal microbiology and collaborating on papers, I know I want to continue this work in college. I can truly say that the YAP-Biotechnology program has been the highlight of my high school academic career.”

- Madhu Gowda, 2017 graduate and winner of the GRAND PRIZE at the 2017 Capital Science and Engineering Fair

read Madhu's story: Promega Connections