Gatlin Education Services announced today it has reached an agreement with CVS Pharmacy that will give students an important leg up in the job market. CVS will offer its externship program to students in several CVS districts who are taking Gatlin’s pharmacy technician online career training program provided basic qualifications are met.
Gatlin’s nationally recognized pharmacy technician program is available at hundreds of continuing education departments at community colleges and universities across the United States. This blended learning online program teaches the necessary skills to gain employment as a pharmacy technician in a hospital or retail setting. The course aims to provide high school graduates and individuals seeking new careers the skills and knowledge that will enable them to qualify for entry-level positions in pharmacies as well as prepare for the mandated national certification.
CVS supplies interns up to 40 hours of hands-on experience that includes assisting pharmacists with prescriptions, answering patient questions about medications and a bevy of administrative duties. Gatlin and CVS initially expect to enroll about a dozen students in the internship program every month, with that number doubling in a year’s time.
“The pharmacy technician certificate program is one of our most popular offerings,” said Mark Lamkin, Executive Director of Fort Worth-based Gatlin Education Services. “The added benefit of having a valuable internship will continue to put Gatlin students a step ahead in this job market. The partnership with CVS will not only open doors for students, but will also pave the way for similar advantages with our other programs."
Gatlin Education Services is part of Cengage Learning and ed2go.
About Gatlin Education Services (GES)
GES is the world’s largest provider of asynchronous web-based training to colleges, universities and other education providers. GES standardizes online methodology, including system administration, evaluation and instruction with its custom designed, browser-based courseware. A growing number of programs include externship opportunities with major companies. GES also offers optional Career Services to the students it serves. For more information, visit www.gatlineducation.com.
About Cengage Learning & ed2go
Cengage Learning delivers highly customized learning solutions for colleges, universities, professors, students, libraries, government agencies, corporations and professionals around the world.
ed2go, part of Cengage Learning, is committed to providing high-quality online learning that is affordable and easy to use. With an ever-growing catalog of over 300 courses, ed2go makes is simple for everyone to enrich their lives or reach professional goals in a supportive and engaging environment. For more information, visit www.cengage.com or www.ed2go.com.
About CVS Pharmacy Co.:
CVS/pharmacy is the nation’s largest retail pharmacy chain, with approximately 6,200 stores across 43 states. With more than 40 years of dynamic growth in the retail pharmacy industry, CVS/pharmacy generates over 68 percent of its revenue from the pharmacy business and is committed to providing superior customer service – to being the easiest pharmacy retailer for customers to use. CVS/pharmacy fills more than one of every seven retail prescriptions in America, and one of every five in our own markets. What’s more, the CVS ExtraCare program boasts over 50 million cardholders, making it the largest and most successful retail loyalty program in the country.