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CVS and Roxbury Community College Announce New Partnership and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony


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CVS Health and Roxbury Community College (RCC) are pleased to announce their new partnership, through which residents of Greater Boston will receive training and internships as pharmacy technicians. Training offered through this partnership will be hosted at the new CVS Training Facility, located at Roxbury Community College, in Building 4. A ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of this training facility will be held on June 24, 2016, from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The joint purpose of this partnership is to connect residents of the Greater Roxbury community to careers as pharmacy technicians. RCC and CVS Health are committed to equipping their community with the skills needed to become a part of the engine that drives economic change. Starting immediately, students who enroll in RCC's Pharmacy Technician Program, offered by the Office of Corporate and Community Education, will be trained to obtain the national pharmacy certification; and, upon successfully completing the program, will be eligible to complete their required 150-hour internship at CVS Pharmacy.

"This partnership is an integral component of our five-year plan to prepare the next generation of diverse leaders to meet the immediate and evolving needs of the local and global economy," says Dr. Valerie Roberson, president of Roxbury Community College. "CVS Health has been an amazing partner since our first meeting. I look forward to continuing and strengthening this partnership for many years to come."

The cornerstone of this new agreement is the new training facility, which will look and feel like a CVS Pharmacy, but will serve functionally from a training perspective. The facility will include three distinct areas: one for soft skills training (customer interactions, simulated role playing of real challenges pharmacists will be faced with), one for production training, where students will learn how to read and fill prescriptions, read sig codes, learn about medication interaction, and read doctor's handwriting, and one for instructor observation.

"As the nation's leading pharmacy innovation company, we're focused on attracting and equipping diverse talent for careers at CVS Health," said David Casey, vice president of Workforce Strategies and chief diversity officer at CVS Health. "We're pleased to be working with Roxbury Community College to help more people access meaningful employment opportunities in the field of pharmacy."

The second program offered through this partnership will run through RCC's Business Management program. Through this program, current RCC students will have the opportunity to pursue management-level opportunities at CVS and current CVS employees will have the opportunity to earn a degree from RCC.

"Together, CVS Health and RCC can combine their resources to help our community take a giant leap forward," says Lorita Williams, vice president of Advancement and Community Engagement. "I look forward to celebrating this long-term partnership at our ribbon cutting ceremony."

Note to editors: Dr, Valerie Roberson, president of Roxbury Community College, Lorita Williams, vice president of Advancement and Community Engagement at Roxbury Community College, and Jon DaSilva will be present at the ribbon cutting ceremony and available for interviews.


 Fore more information contact:

Jordan Smock                                                                  Jon DaSilva
Director of Marketing and Communications                          CVS Health Learning Center Manager
Roxbury Community College                                              CVS Health or 617-933-7491                     or 617-423-0744