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 view the following links:
YAP Biotechnology Level 1 Flyer
YAP Biotechnology Level 2 Flyer

This year’s cohort is composed of sixteen seniors and ten juniors from ten different area high schools.

Current Youth Apprentice employers include FluGen, Scarab Genomics, Morgridge Institute for Research (Skala Lab), University of Wisconsin – Madison’s Departments of: Animal and Dairy Sciences (Hernandez Lab), Biochemistry (Fox Lab), Entomology (Schoville Lab), Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (O’Connor Lab).