Published: August 4, 2009
Last year, John Mitchell walked into Thomas Nelson Community College Workforce Development looking for a successful career. One year later, he is living his dream. On July 22, he began his career as a nuclear pharmacist technician and plans to continue on his path to becoming a nuclear pharmacist.
The Pharmacy Technician Certificate Program is just one example of accelerated workforce training that TNCC offers for in-demand careers. These programs are ideal for dislocated workers who need to train for new careers quickly and for busy adults who want to increase their earning potential. Mitchell used the services of the One-Stop center to search for a career and identify funding to help finance his education. The Center is located in the Peninsula Workforce Development Center adjacent to the TNCC Hampton campus.
“Everyone said it would take me five years, but I didn’t have that long,” says Mitchell. Thanks to TNCC I was able to finish the program in three months and start my new career within one year.”
Twenty years ago, Mitchell dreamed of a brighter future after talking to a nuclear pharmacist while working as a security guard at K-mart. He was a Dad and had to work full-time to provide for his family. “I didn’t think I would ever accomplish my dream,” said Mitchell. Today he knows dreams do come true if you work at it. When he learned of his new job, Mitchell stopped by to thank Jeff Ward, program manager for Workforce Training and Continuing Education at TNCC. ”This is an in-demand career, and many young people starting out don’t know about the field,” says Mitchell.
Employment of pharmacy technicians is expected to increase by 32 percent from 2006 to 2016, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. The increased number of middle-aged and elderly people — who use more prescription drugs — will spur demand for technicians. The median hourly salary for pharmacy technicians in May 2006 was $12.32. The middle 50 percent earned between $10.10 and $14.92. “As a nuclear pharmacy technician you can make $8-10 more than a regular pharmacy technician,” says Mitchell. “You can also continue your education to become a pharmacist,” adds Mitchell. The median annual salary for pharmacists in May 2006 was $94,520. TNCC offers a full range of certification programs that are available during day, evening and weekend hours, including computer, orthopedic technician and personal fitness trainer certifications. For more information, call 757-825-2937.
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