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  1. From Region 21

    “PIVA has paved the way for my career and prepared me to enter the medical field. I received multiple certifications and training that prepared me to enter my career. I completed the course with a great deal more confidence, giving me the courage to continue to improve. This year, I have not only gained the knowledge needed to succeed as Pharmacy Technician, but this opportunity help restore my drive, dedication, and confidence in my ability to succeed in school. This has been the perfect starting point for building a better life.”
    -Danae Ramirez
    Peninsula Regional Education Program 2013-14 PIVA Pharmacy Tech Student

    Danae came to adult education classes in need of a GED. The soon to be mother knew that she needed to finish her secondary education and get a job. When she heard about the PIVA Pharmacy Technician program offered in partnership with Peninsula Regional Education Program (PREP) and Thomas Nelson Community College Workforce Development she signed up for the information session. After being accepted into the PIVA 2013-14 cohort, she completed a silver level Career Readiness Certificate, a Microsoft Digital Literacy certificate, Soft Skills training, a HIPAA certificate, a Capstone project as well as the pharmacy technician course work to sit for and pass her Virginia Pharmacy Technician Certification in the spring of 2014.

    Danae looked for employment and credits her PIVA soft skills training as one of the reasons she was hired at a local retail pharmacy. Initially they did not have any openings, however, Danae offered to volunteer hoping that would lead to future employment. The pharmacist explained she had to be an employee. Danae stayed in touch with the pharmacist who shared other opportunities on the Peninsula with her. When a position opened up at his own pharmacy, Danae was the one he called. She was hired in late summer of 2014 and continues to love her job as a pharmacist technician. Danae’s future plans include going back to TNCC for other classes or certifications to build on the medical knowledge and background she has acquired this last year.

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