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06/15/2010
Pharmacy Technician Program Beginning Soon at Hudson Valley Community College

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072, e.bryant@hvcc.edu
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Hudson Valley Community College's Workforce Development Institute will offer a training course beginning July 6 for those interested in beginning a career in pharmacy as pharmacy technicians.

The course, which is being offered in collaboration with CVS/Pharmacy and runs through Oct. 1, will be held in a mock pharmacy at the college's Albany Extension Center, located at 175 Central Avenue.

The 108-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).

The Workforce Development Institute also offers a pharmacy technician training program online.

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 Institute programs, including training in medical transcription; photovoltaic electric systems installation; security guard; computer software; and water treatment plant operation, 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 65,000 alumni.