The InnovATEBIO National Biotechnology Education Center addresses the need to educate highly skilled technicians for the nation's biotechnology workforce. Toward this goal, InnovATEBIO provides leadership in biotechnology technician education, including support for development and sharing of best practices in biotechnology workforce development. In addition, the Center promotes local and national economic development of the biotechnology industry and helps accelerate innovation in biotechnology and associated fields. The Center focuses on biotechnology technician education across the country, with a specific focus on strengthening the connections between high school and community college biotechnology programs. It actively reaches out to all students, including women and students from economically challenged, underrepresented, first generation college, and/or rural backgrounds. Project activities foster collaboration and mentoring to accelerate development of community college faculty leadership and promote collaboration with industry. The Center works with industry to gain recognition for biotechnology programs and the educational institutions that offer these programs, so that the entire biotechnology community sees the merits of educational programs and values them. The evaluation activities of the Center will gather the information needed to understand the present status of biotechnology education and the future trends in the field.