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My Town: Meijer sponsors program for booming prescription drug industry
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My Town: Meijer sponsors program for booming prescription drug industry

WALKER, Mich.— Meijer is sponsoring a program to help meet the need of the growing prescription drug industry.

The Walker-based retailer is teaming up with the West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology to train the under and unemployed to become pharmacy technicians. 

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of pharmacy technicians needed is expected to increase 20 percent by 2022.  Meijer also anticipates higher demand because of national health care and an aging patient population that relies on more prescriptions.

“Our goal is to provide the best service to our Meijer pharmacy customers, which truly starts with having the right people in those roles,” said Karen Mankowski, vice president of pharmacy operations for Meijer. “The need for pharmacy technicians is growing tremendously, and our partnership with WMCAT will enable us to bolster our pharmacy staff so they can build patient relationships to better manage their health care needs.”

Adults who graduate from the program will then be placed in Meijer pharmacies throughout the area. Meijer began sponsoring the program this past school year.  For more information about the program, visit WMCAT's website here.

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