Last month, 10 students graduated from the Pharmacy Technician training program, a joint venture between Jewish Vocational Service of MetroWest and CVS Health. Genevieve-Marie Louis taught the intense 10-week training program, which introduced students to retail and clinical pharmacy. The program was capped off by an externship at local CVS Pharmacy locations.
“This program gives them a foundation, the knowledge they need to work in a pharmacy setting,” Ms. Louis said; she has taught in colleges and universities for more than a decade. “The externship gave them hands-on experience in a retail setting.”
Many students who graduated received job offers from CVS pharmacies.
This is the first class to graduate from this collaboration between JVS and CVS Health. It is part of JVS’ new Center for Economic Opportunity, an initiative that works with employers to fill employment gaps through training and placement. The center also has completed training programs for certified apartment maintenance technicians and certified production technicians.
At the graduation, Michael Andreas, JVS of MetroWest’s chief executive officer, said: “The Center for Economic Opportunity has two value propositions. First, it recognizes that people may not have equal access to the job market. Second, employers are involved in the process from the start. Many training programs fail because employers are brought in at the end of the training.”
JVS of MetroWest strives to put people who face barriers to employment based on ability, age, the effects of systemic racism, and immigrant status to work. In addition to its training programs, it offers services and placement for people with disabilities, English as a Second Language classes, adult basic education classes, citizenship classes, online jobseeker workshops, career counseling, and refugee services. For more information, go to www.jvsnj.org.