When you think of the term “adult school,” what comes to mind?
Where you go if you can’t make it in a regular school? Dropouts? Underachievers? What about opportunity? Or career?
If opportunity and career don’t come to mind, they should, especially if you live in the communities served by the Montebello Unified School District.
Last April, MUSD launched a new class that gives students the tools they need to get their foot in the door, or in this case, behind the pharmacy counter.
The Pharmacy Technician Class, held on the Ford Park Adult School Campus, is a 740-hour module course that prepares students for entry-level employment as a Licensed Pharmacy Technician.
The first class enrolled 24 students and MUSD is now accepting applications for the next class that starts Sept. 4.
According to MUSD, students in the program learn about all aspects of the pharmacy practice and train in a simulated pharmacy setting. Upon completion of the theory modules – including federal law, medical terminology, pharmacology, routes and formulations, aseptic technique and community pharmacy practice – students participate in a 240-hour externship in an operating pharmacy.
The program is not free but costs significantly less than similar programs at private career training schools, according to the school district.
Adult School Principal Dan Garcia says they are “absolutely thrilled” to be “training and preparing students to take on a career in pharmacology.” Garcia, calling it a “win-win situation for everyone involved,” said students are getting an “excellent experience at an affordable cost of $750, compared to the $3,000 other programs charge.”
The $750 cost for the program includes textbooks, workbooks, and student identification badge and student liability insurance.
The next session starts Sept. 4 and classes are held Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Ford Park Community Adult School, 7800 Scout Ave., Bell Gardens. Enrollment is first come, first served.