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

2020-2021 Apprentices

Second Year Seniors

Lexi Greiber
School: Waunakee High School
Worksite & Mentor:
Genetic Visions-ST
Christy Neis

Jayden Lee
School: Middleton High School
Worksite & Mentor:
UW-Madison Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Athena Golfinos and Amy Ellis, in the lab of Dr. Shelby O’Connor

Lizzie Maly
School: McFarland High School
Worksite & Mentor:
Morgridge Institute for Research
Sophie Mancha, Andrea Scheifelbein, and Amani Gillette, in the lab of Dr. Melissa Skala

Beniamin Twardowski-Bentkowski
School: Middleton High School
Worksite & Mentor:
UW-Madison Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Dr. Roger Wiseman, in the lab of Dr. Dave O’Connor

First Year Seniors and Juniors

Arian Baladi
School: Monona Grove High School

Ronan Lalor
School: Verona High School

Madison Mussa
School: Waunakee High School
Worksite & Mentor:
UW-Madison Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
in the lab of Dr. Dave O’Connor

Riley Neal
School: Monona Grove High School

Sydney Schumacher
School: Waunakee High School
Worksite & Mentor:
UW-Madison Department of Entomology
in the lab of Dr. Sean Schoville

Warren Shepard
School: Middleton High School
Worksite & Mentor:
LGC (formerly Lucigen)
Lucas Slivicke

Jewel Sherchok
School: McFarland High School
Worksite & Mentor:
UW-Madison Department of Entomology
in the lab of Dr. Sean Schoville

Saumya Shukla
School: Sun Prairie High School

Lewis Tanner
School: Oregon High School
Worksite & Mentor:
Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC)
Kirk Van der Muelen, in the lab of Dr. Brian G. Fox

Brittney (Phuong) Vo
School: Middleton High School
Worksite & Mentor:
Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC)
David Antonio Rivera-Kohr, in the lab of Dr. Brian G. Fox

Morgan Warner
School: Monona Grove High School
Worksite & Mentor:
AmebaGone
Courney Griese

Cole Weaver
School: McFarland High School
Worksite & Mentor:
Morgridge Institute for Research
Kelsey Tweed, Andrea Scheifelbein, and Amani Gillette, in the lab of Dr. Melissa Skala