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RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, Nov. 7, 2005

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Hudson Valley Community College and CVS/Pharmacy today announced a unique training partnership at the site of a newly-constructed mock pharmacy inside the college\'s Albany Extension Center.

The mock pharmacy, located at 175 Central Avenue, will host non-credit training for pharmacy technicians. Classes are scheduled to begin on Tuesday, Nov. 15. The 120-hour course will provide a foundation for those interested in becoming pharmacy technicians. The course also is designed to prepare students for the National Pharmacy Technician Examination.

\"This is another example of how Hudson Valley Community College can partner with a major regional business to create new job opportunities,\" President Andrew J. Matonak said. \"We are pleased to be working with CVS to bring this workforce training opportunity to the Capital Region.\"

Matonak was joined by CVS Pharmacy Regional Manager Ericka Kerr and Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings at the dedication of the new training facility.

Pharmacy technicians prepare and package medications and also carry out the important process of recording and billing prescriptions in retail and hospital pharmacies. The position also requires careful attention to detail and excellent customer communication skills. There is expected to be significant job opportunities in this field during the coming decades.

With credit-bearing allied health programs in nursing, dental hygiene, radiologic technology, respiratory care and paramedic education, Hudson Valley Community College provides the Capital Region with a strong health care work force. The new pharmacy technician training joins the college\'s other credit-free offerings that support the health care field. These include courses in medical transcription and billing and coding offered through the college\'s Workforce Development Institute.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 60 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 12,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 60,000 alumni.