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By News-Argus Staff
Published in News on July 4, 2004 7:11 AM

Biotech degree

James Sprunt Community College will begin the fall semester with a new two-year biotechnology program in collaboration with Pitt Community College.

"Biotechnology is an emerging field in eastern North Carolina, and we want our students to be qualified for these new careers," said June Davis, dean of curriculum services.

Students interested in the program may take their first year of general classes at James Sprunt and then transfer to Pitt for the more specialized coursework. The program emphasizes biology, chemistry, mathematics and technical communications.

Successful graduates would find opportunities as research assistants to biologists or chemists, laboratory technicians, instrumentation technicians or as quality control and quality assurance technicians.

Registration for fall semester is Aug. 17. Information is available by calling the college at 910-296-2500.

HeadStart enrollment

WAGES HeadStart and Early HeadStart will take enrollment applications July 20.

Parents who want to enroll their children in the early childhood programs can do so from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Royal Avenue Center, 601 E. Royall Ave., and at the Carver Center, 612 S. Breazeale Ave., Mount Olive.

These programs provide services to pregnant mothers, infants and toddlers, preschool children and children with special needs and their families.

When enrolling, the following documents will need to be taken: child's birth certificate, parents' and child's Social Security card, income verification such as W-2s or current check stub, child's shot records, child's current physical with doctor's signature, child's current Medicaid card or private insurance card, parent's Medicaid card or private insurance card for children birth to 3 years old, verification of child's special needs and food stamp verification letter and ID number.

Applications will not be accepted without all of the required documents.

For more information, contact Verna Best at 734-1178, extension 224, or e-mail at verna@wagesnc.org.