The Provasoli-Guillard National Center for Marine Algae and Microbiota (NCMA) has modified the format of its annual culture techniques course for 2017 in response to feedback from prior students. Rather than a single course, we have broken the course into two shorter workshops. The first is “Basic Culturing Skills and Techniques” and will be offered from May 14-16th, 2017. The second is “Mass Culturing for Algal Biotechnology” and will be offered from May 17-19th, 2017. Both workshops will be held at the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences Research and Education campus in East Boothbay, Maine. While the workshops are designed to be complementary, it is not a requirement that students take both workshops.