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12/06/2007
Hudson Valley Community College Sets Dates for Pharmacy Technician Program

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072, bryaneri@hvcc.edu
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2007

Hudson Valley Community College’s Workforce Development Institute will offer a training course beginning Jan. 22, 2008 for those interested in beginning a career in pharmacy as pharmacy technicians.

The course, which is being offered in collaboration with CVS/Pharmacy, will be held in a mock pharmacy at the college’s Albany Extension Center, located at 175 Central Avenue.

The 107-hour course includes an 18-hour lab/internship in a CVS store. It is designed to prepare students for the national Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE).

Pharmacy technicians prepare and package medications and also record and bill prescriptions in retail and hospital pharmacies. The position requires careful attention to detail and excellent customer service and communication skills. Technicians who pass the PTCE become eligible for lead technician positions, and in some cases, continue their education to pursue careers as pharmacists.

For more information about Pharmacy Technician Training and other Workforce Development programs, including Photovoltaic (PV) Electric Systems- introductory and advanced levels; Security Guard Training; and Grade A-B Water Treatment Plant Operator Training, call (518) 629-4827.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 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.