Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Students Graduate as Certified Pharmacy Technicians at Phoenix College

Phoenix College Custom Training and Education (CTE) recently celebrated the graduation of 16 students from the Youth Pharmacy Technician and Work Externship Program. In partnership with the City of Phoenix, CVS Pharmacy, and Arizona Call-A-Teen, Inc., the 12-week program was created to meet Phoenix’s high workforce demand of well-qualified, skilled pharmacy technicians.

Participating students in the program prepare for the national Pharmacy Technician Certification Board examination to become certified pharmacy technicians while working in local retail pharmacies. After completing the program’s classroom instruction and work experience, participants are placed in local CVS stores, allowing students to job shadow professionals in the industry through an internship

During the ceremony, eight of the graduates were awarded $500 scholarships to continue their studies at Phoenix College. In addition, Roberta Jeffers, CTE Director, and staff were presented with an award from the Phoenix Community Development & Investment Corporation for their dedication and commitment to the 2009 Pharmacy Technician Internship Program.

Youth Pharmacy Technician & Work Externship Program graduates:
Angelica Aguirre
Sharifah Brent
Candice Dominguez
Liberal Giramata
Angelica Gonzalez
Victoria Gonzalez
Lucille Longoria
Kawana Moore
Maria Perez
Cassandra Prince
Damian Ramirez
Antwane Riggins
Arvin Vanpelt
Jessica VellaseƱor
Frank Villa
Allisun Vojir

Over forty students have completed the program since its inception in 2008, and one recent graduate has already been hired by CVS Pharmacy.

The program for Spring 2010 begins in February. Training is held at the Phoenix College Downtown Campus, located on 640 N. 1st Ave. in Phoenix. Those interested in becoming a certified pharmacy technician at Phoenix College can register at my.maricopa.edu, or for more information about the program, call 602-223-4000.

1 comment:

  1. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 8 of the 20 occupations projected to grow the fastest are in health care.* Consequently, there is a demand for qualified pharmacy technicians to assist licensed pharmacists in preparing medications and other health care products for patients. Technicians may also establish and maintain patient profiles, prepare insurance claim forms, and stock and take inventory of prescription and over-the-counter medications. Other duties may include preparing unit dose medications, IV admixtures, and sterile irrigations.