MAC Graduates PharmTech Class No. 4
Eleven students graduated from Mineral Area College’s MoHealthWINs Pharmacy Technician program, participating in a Dec. 20 ceremony held in the community college’s Rice Lecture Hall. The graduates included, along with MAC program supporters, from left: Allied Health Department Director Teri Douglas; MoHealthWINs PharmTech Instructor Jennifer Majeske; Jason Reeves, Park Hills; Tasha Fitzwater, Mineral Point; Stephonie Whited, Park Hills; Jessica Barton, Park Hills; Hillary Flores, Park Hills; Jennifer Hill, Ironton; Shaylen Sutton, Farmington; Sara Wadlow, Pilot Knob; Amy Phillips, Fredericktown; Jackie Freeman, French Village; Joshua Moore, Farmington; Vice President/Dean of Career & Technical Education Gil Kennon.
Eleven students graduated from Mineral Area College’s MoHealthWINs Pharmacy Technician program, participating in a Dec. 20 ceremony held in the community college’s Rice Lecture Hall on its Park Hills campus.
The graduates included: Amy Phillips, Fredericktown; Hillary Flores, Park Hills; Jackie Freeman, French Village; Jason Reeves, Park Hills; Jennifer Hill, Ironton; Jessica Barton, Park Hills; Joshua Moore, Farmington; Sara Wadlow, Pilot Knob; Shaylen Sutton, Farmington; Stephonie Whited, Park Hills; Tasha Fitzwater, Mineral Point. They were taught by Jennifer Majeske, pharmacy technician instructor.
Of the 41 students who have completed the program since it began last year, many have found employment with area pharmacies, including Austin Plaza Pharmacy, Bloomsdale Medical Centre Pharmacy, Clark's Rx Pharmacy, Pharmax Pharmacy, SEMO Quality Care, Wal-Mart and Walgreens. The completion rate for PharmTech is 86 percent.
Alison Sheets, MoHealthWINs program support specialist who recruited the students with the help of Missouri Career Counseling Center, told the students she found them inspiring.
“You stepped out of your comfort zone, you came to class three days a week, you studied hard, you learned new curriculum and hands-on skills at a very rapid pace, you worked hard at the clinical representing the program and MAC,” she told the graduates. “Your drive continues to inspire Mrs. Majeske and me. We will continue recruiting, training and supporting students on their pursuit of a national pharmacy technician certificate and a rewarding pharmacy technician career.”
MAC is among the 13 colleges in the state of Missouri awarded federal funds from the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grants Program. The federal awarding agency is the Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The Pharmacy Technician program, as well as another program, Maintenance Technician in a Healthcare Setting, started in October 2012. Both programs have been identified by the U.S. Dept. of Labor as fast-growing fields, and are geared to local unemployed, underemployed, low-skilled individuals, veterans and those people who have lost their jobs as a result of their jobs moving overseas.
The program is designed for students who want an entry level position in a pharmacy, and who want to prepare for the National Certification exam offered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board. The lab training and classroom study take place on Monday, Wednesday and Friday in the Continuing Education Building on the college’s Park Hills campus. In addition each student completes a sixteen-hour weekly clinical in a local hospital or retail pharmacy setting. The last two classes at no tuition costs are scheduled for late April and September 2014. Both classes will be at the Perryville Higher Education Center in Perryville. Anyone interested in the program should call Alison Sheets or Tina Miller at (573) 518-3820 or 518-3840 as soon as possible to register for the information night at 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 21.
To determine if an interested student meets the MoHealthWINs grant eligibility requirements, call Alison Sheets, MoHealthWINs program support specialist at Mineral Area College. Applications for the health service programs are available at www.MineralArea.edu or call (573) 518-3820.
The Park Hills Career Center, located on Parkway Drive in Park Hills, offers supportive services to eligible clients and students for the program. Tina Miller, MAC program support specialist, is available at the center on Tuesday and Thursday to answer questions and help with the application process. Call the Career Center at (573) 518-2431.