Pharmacy Technician Academy Expanding Again - Cleveland Community College, Shelby, NC

Pharmacy Technician Academy Expanding Again

The Pharmacy Technician Academy became part of CCC’s job training offerings about five years ago. Since that time, the Academy has grown and even expanded into a second opportunity, the Sterile Compounding class.

Pharmacy Technician Academy Now Open to High School Students

Now, the Pharmacy Technician Academy is expanding again; this time to a new audience. Cleveland County high school students can now register for the Academy. Eight students enrolled in the inaugural class this spring.

The Academy is an opportunity for students to explore a healthcare career, for free, and at the end of the course have a marketable skill. “A lot of high school students don’t know exactly what careers they are interested in,” said Instructor Mark Woodall. “The advantage of doing the Pharmacy Technician Academy is that pharmacy touches almost all aspects of healthcare, so this may help guide them. Plus, it will be beneficial in all areas.”

What Students Learn

The Pharmacy Technician Academy trains students to become certified pharmacy technicians. They learn about the history and evolution of pharmacy, anatomy, pharmaceutical calculations, prescription processing, patient safety, sterile and non-sterile compounding, and more.

Most graduates of the Academy sit for the certification exam and begin a career as a Certified Pharmacy Technician. Others use what they learn as a foundation for pharmacy school, nursing school, research, or another area of healthcare.

Want to Learn More?

Parents and students can learn more about the Pharmacy Technician Academy available for high school students on CCC’s website.

High school students interested in enrolling in the Pharmacy Technician Academy should talk to their school’s Career Coach or email

For adults, there are day and night classes offered during the fall, spring and summer terms. To learn more, visit

Check out the Bureau of Labor Statistics website for more information on job outlooks and salary information for pharmacy technicians and other careers.