Lincoln’s Northern Penobscot Tech expanding adult-ed offerings

Posted Oct. 24, 2012, at 8:39 p.m.

LINCOLN, Maine — Residents of the 26 towns served by Northern Penobscot Tech-Region III can learn how to be pharmacy technicians thanks to a new program starting in March, school officials said Wednesday.

For the first time, the Pharmacy Technician Certification Program will be offered as part of the school’s adult education spring schedule. Twenty programs are on the ongoing fall program schedule. The pharmacy tech program will cost $999 and include national certification opportunities for its students, adult education site coordinator Glenda Shorey said.

“I think there is a demand in the area for this,” Shorey said Wednesday. “Many businesses in the area are facilities that do have pharmacy techs. I have people from the area calling me all the time asking about a program like this.”

The pharmacy tech program is the latest adult-ed program school officials added in their effort to stay current with job demands in northern Penobscot County, Northern Penobscot Tech director Mary Hawkes said.

Last fall the school on West Broadway offered phlebotomist tech training for the first time through Eastern Maine Community College. Four students are in that class this fall.

“We are always looking to improve our offerings for adult learners so that the training they receive from us will lead to employment,” Hawkes said Wednesday.

The school’s adult education program served more than 400 people during the 2011-12 school year, Hawkes said.

The school also works with local businesses, such as Lincoln Paper & Tissue LLC and Cianbro Corp., to offer specialized training with company workers. LP&T workers are enrolled now in a welding program that was shaped by union members, Northern Penobscot Tech teachers, and company management to conform to the company’s needs, Hawkes said.

The pharmacy tech program seats 25 students. So far three or four slots have been filled, Shorey said.

Anyone interested in enrolling in an adult-ed program, suggesting an adult ed program or otherwise seeking information can visit region3.mainecte.org or call 794-3004.

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