The School of Continuing and Professional Studies at Lehman recently opened the Center for Pharmacy Technician Training at CUNY on the Concourse, which aims to prepare students for this in-demand occupation. The Center, with its state-of the art laboratory and newly created 600-hour program, is the only one of its kind in the Bronx.
The School held a reception, followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony, at its Workplace Development Center, also located at CUNY on the Concourse. Victoria Powell, a registered pharmacist and site director of pharmacy at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, delivered the keynote address and spoke about the opportunities available in the field. “The pharmacy technician occupation will grow by over thirty percent in the next ten years,” she said.
Students who enroll in the program will gain 340 hours of work experience through externships in hospitals or community health centers, and in a retail setting before they finish the program. The course will also be available for veterans, workforce one applicants, and other voucher-qualified candidates.
During the event, Dr. Marzie Jafari, dean of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, presented a special plaque to Emmanuel “Manny” Palermo, a pharmacist and adjunct faculty member, for his groundbreaking work in the Lehman program. Attending were representatives of unions, hospitals, healthcare businesses, schools, public agencies, and community-based organizations.
For more information on the program, visit www.lehman.cuny.edu/academics/continuing-education/allied-health.php#pharmacy