CVS Health and Goodwill offer workforce training at 'mock' pharmacy in Baltimore

A "mock pharmacy" at the Baltimore headquarters of Goodwill Industries is central to a new workforce development program officially launched Thursday through a partnership between CVS Health, Goodwill, and Baltimore City Community College.

A "mock pharmacy" at the Baltimore headquarters of Goodwill Industries is central to a new workforce development program officially launched Thursday through a partnership between CVS Health, Goodwill, and Baltimore City Community College. So far, eight students have completed a 16-week program to train people for in-demand jobs as pharmacy technicians. The students, who were given certificates Thursday, are being placed in area CVS stores. For CVS Health, the initiative is one of the latest of its workforce development programs aimed at underserved areas. The community pharmacy chain offers coaching, mentoring, and training programs through hundreds of partnerships with state and local programs across the country, says Ernie DuPont, senior director of workforce initiatives for CVS Health. "The pharmacy technician program not only benefits students by placing them in high demand, good-paying jobs, but it benefits Baltimore employers who need well trained, reliable employees," says James Johnson, interim president at Baltimore City Community College. Maryland has nearly 12,000 registered pharmacy technicians, and the number is growing, notes Deena Speights-Napata, executive director of the Maryland Board of Pharmacy.