Qualified Candidates Can Gain Entrance to Careers in Health Care

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Opportunities to become a healthcare professional have never been better. At County College of Morris (CCM), qualified candidates can gain entrance into the field through a grant-funded pharmacy technician apprenticeship program that covers the cost of tuition.

For qualified candidates, grant funding is available for the Registered Apprenticeship Pharmacy Technician Program. Apprentices in the pharmacy technician program complete 150 to 220 hours of technical training and then take part in 2,000 hours of paid on-the-job training. Apprenticeship candidates must commit to a one-year agreement with a partner employer. CCM partners closely with local Morris County employers to secure job placement for apprentices in various healthcare settings, jumpstarting participants’ careers.

The program, part of the New Jersey HealthWorks Scaling Apprenticeship network, is funded through a U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration grant. This is the fifth and final year of funding for this program. Those interested in participating in this fall’s session should start the registration process no later than September 17.

Candidates must be considered under/unemployed to take advantage of the funding. They also need to schedule and pass tests in math and English provided by the Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment Systems. Other requirements for this program include being at least 18 years of age, having a high school diploma or equivalent, and passing a background check and drug screening. This program prepares students to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board exam.

Why Be an Apprentice?

An apprenticeship is a mutually beneficial relationship between employers and their apprentices. Pharmacy Technician apprentices gain expertise in an innovative program that provides them with a quality education as well as a direct connection to a healthcare employer. The program is ideal for high school students who may not yet have a plan for when they graduate, adults who would like to work while earning a college degree, and those interested in bridging the gap to a career in healthcare.

Employers: Develop Your Pharmacy Technician Pipeline

Employer partners are critical components of apprenticeship programs. The Center for Workforce Development at CCM is looking to partner with local pharmacies and healthcare facilities to host apprentices. Collaborating with CCM as an employer partner is an opportunity to gain access to dedicated funding to cover the cost of the training.

Students or employers interested in learning more, please contact wfd@ccm.edu. To register for the screening stage of the program, go to www.ccm.edu/workforce/pharmacy-tech/.


New Jersey HealthWorks Scaling Apprenticeship is sponsored by a $12 million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (Federal Award ID. No. (FAIN): HG-33026-19-60-A-34). The US DOL grant includes additional match funds amounting to over $500,000 to support OJT and other employer assistance from the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development GAINS Project.

County College of Morris will not discriminate against apprenticeship applicants or apprentices based on RACE, COLOR, RELIGION, NATIONAL ORIGIN, SEX (INCLUDING PREGNANCY AND GENDER IDENTITY), SEXUAL ORIENTATION, GENETIC INFORMATION, OR BECAUSE THEY ARE AN INDIVIDUAL WITH A DISABILITY OR A PERSON 40 YEARS OLD OR OLDER. County College of Morris will take affirmative action to provide equal opportunity in apprenticeship and will operate the apprenticeship program as required under Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations, part 30.