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CVS to be honored for Rx tech training program

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BOSTON — Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM) plans to present CVS Health and the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC) with the 17th Annual John Gould Education & Workforce Development Award for their Health Pharmacy Technician Program.

The award will be presented at AIM’s 100th Annual Meeting on May 8 at the Boston Westin Waterfront Hotel.

AIM said Thursday that the Pharmacy Technician Training Program created in partnership with the MRC, which assists people with disabilities to live and work more independently, has become one of CVS Health’s signature training programs and serves as a model of Massachusetts’ commitment to job-driven training. The program is an eight-week training session for MRC consumers who are seeking employment and have shown interest in careers in health services.

To support the program, CVS Health has shared its pharmacy technician training curriculum and provided access to its learning-management system. MRC provides added resources and expertise around soft-skills training and job readiness to meet the needs of MRC consumers while addressing CVS Health’s staffing needs, according to AIM.

The first cohort of the program was conducted last summer with about 30 prescreened, qualified candidates. That group yielded an 89% success rate, based on the number of trainees hired, AIM said. The second class graduated 43 consumers on March 23 in a ceremony held in the Great Hall of Flags at the State House. Several graduates have already obtained employment, and others are moving forward in the employment process with CVS.

“We are pleased and proud to honor this successful collaboration between a major employer and a key public agency to prepare motivated people for productive and rewarding career paths,” Richard Lord, AIM’s president and chief executive officer, said in a statement. AIM is the largest nonprofit association of Massachusetts employers.


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