Biotechnology Program at Dixie Technical College is Featured on Good Things Utah

In Dixie Technical College’s new Biotechnology program students learn procedures and protocols that apply to numerous biotechnology fields.


ave you ever heard the word “Biotechnology” and thought, “What exactly is that? It sounds like something out of a science fiction movie.” According to the Biotechnology Innovation Organization, “At its simplest, biotechnology is technology based on biology – biotechnology harnesses cellular and biomolecular processes to develop technologies and products that help improve our lives and the health of our planet. We have used the biological processes of microorganisms for more than 6,000 years.” 

And now, thanks to advancements in technology, we are able to harness these processes in laboratories.

Amy Dansie, of Good Things Utah, came to Dixie Tech to check out our new Biotechnology program where students are being prepared for future careers in this ever-expanding field.

During her lab visit, Amy asked “What do students need to go into Biotechnology?” 

Laurie Mathis, Dixie Technical College’s Biotechnology Instructor, explained that if a person has an interest in biological research and enjoys conducting experiments, biotechnology lab work may be a great fit for them. Obtaining a certificate from Dixie Tech can get a student in the door for a variety of careers. Labs in Southern Utah in need of qualified biotechnology technicians include genetic research, pharmaceutical research, pharmaceutical manufacturing, nutraceutical development, and medical diagnostic labs, just to name a few.

Photo of a Biotechnology Student learning hands-on in a lab setting.

“The perfect way to propel you into a career
field right out of high school or anytime.”

-Tyson Ayoso, Biotechnology Student 2022

Because of Dixie Technical’s College’s connection with local industry partners, our instructors are able to give hands-on training to students on the very skills they will need to be successful on the job – no matter what type of lab they choose to work in. Dixie Tech also uses an externship system so that students have the opportunity to go out in the workforce and apply the skills they’ve gained in college classrooms and labs in an actual, professional setting.

Jordan Rushton, Dixie Technical College’s President, shared with Amy that “All of our programs are very industry driven. If we offer a program here at Dixie Tech we know that there is a need in the industry that we are trying to fill. In Biotech specifically, there are companies all over the state, but also right here in Washington County, where students can go to work and have a really fulfilling career in an emerging high-tech industry.”

“Biotech is leading the way in everything all around us,” said Glen Seegrist, a Biotechnology student. “It’s feeding those that hunger, healing the sick among us, and bringing a world enhanced with hope and optimism.”

Dixie Technical College’s Biotechnology program gets students job ready in less than a year. To find out if the program is right for you, or for someone you know, schedule a tour or read more information on the Biotechnology program on our website. The college’s recruiters are always happy to answer your questions at 435-674-8419.

We look forward to serving you and our community with this incredible new program!

Video of Dixie Technical College on Good Things Utah discussing the new Biotechnology program.

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