In partnership with the Dane County School Consortium, the BTC Institute manages the Dane County Youth Apprenticeship Program in Biotechnology, as 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 in a specialized biotechnology course taught weekly during the Academic Year on the Promega Corporation campus. Course instructors include BTC Institute staff and Promega scientists.  Currently, all aspects of students’ worksite placements are also being managed by BTC Institute staff.

For more information, please view the following links:
YAP Biotechnology Level 1 Flyer
YAP Biotechnology Level 2 Flyer

Youth Apprentices

This year’s cohort is composed of 9 juniors and 13 seniors from the following schools:

Evansville High School – 1
Lake Mills High School – 1
McFarland High School – 10
Middleton High School – 2
Milestone Democratic School – 1
Mount Horeb High School – 1
Sun Prairie West High School – 1
Verona Area High School – 3
Waunakee Community High School – 2


Thank you to our current Youth Apprentice employers/mentors:

Genetic Visions-ST
Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District
Morgridge Institute for Research (Skala Lab)
USDA-ARS Cereal Crops Research Unit (Whitcomb Lab)
University of Wisconsin – Madison’s Departments of:
Animal and Dairy Sciences (Hernandez Lab)
Biochemistry (Fox Lab, Sussman Lab)
Entomology (Schoville Lab)
Food Science (Girard Lab)
Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (O’Connor Lab)

And, a special thank you to Promega Corporation for funding three student positions in UW Labs!