In the fall of 2011, the Oklahoma IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (OK-INBRE) provided $33,867 to Tulsa Community College to support a supplemental grant, Sustaining Outreach of Learning Experiences in Biotechnology Education (SOLEBEd) under the direction of Dr. Diana Spencer. SOLEBEd’s goal was to continue reaching out to Oklahoma students and teachers to educate them on how biotechnology can feed, fuel, and heal the world. The SOLEBEd grant funded the 2012 High School Student Biotechnology Learning Extravaganza which provided nationally recognized speakers and hands-on biotechnology activities for students from eight Oklahoma high schools. The grant also funded TCC biotechnology student internships at several Oklahoma research facilities. In addition, several TCC faculty members and TCC biotechnology students attended the 2012 National Conference on Undergraduate Research in Ogden, Utah as a result of SOLEBEd’s sponsorship.