Drug manufacturer Merck and Co. has given $30,000 to Durham Technical Community College for faculty development initiatives.
The gift is a result of a partnership between Merck and Durham Tech's Biotechnology/BioWork program.
"As new laboratory techniques and processes become standard in the industry, faculty must possess cutting-edge skills to prepare students," said Ingrid Charles, director of Durham Tech’s BioWork/BioPharma program, said in a news release.
"Merck’s gift will ultimately mean a larger pool of skilled employees for the predicted growth in the biomanufacturing and pharmaceutical manufacturing fields."
Merck recently announced plans for a third phase of expansion of its new vaccine plant in Durham and eventually plans to add 400 new jobs.