Gift enhances Clark’s pharmacy tech program



A $65,000 gift from Columbia Credit Union will boost Clark College’s efforts to set up a new simulation pharmacy for pharmacy technicians in training.

The gift went to the Clark College Foundation, a nonprofit public charity that raises money for college programs.

The pharmacy technician program recently relocated to Clark College’s building at Washington State University Vancouver. The move required a significant investment to redesign and remodel the lab space, which allows students to practice skills and simulate activities they will encounter in real pharmacy settings.

The plan for a fully functional 500-square-foot simulation pharmacy would not have been possible without the investment from Columbia Credit Union, foundation officials said.

The renovated space will be named the Columbia Credit Union Simulation Pharmacy and will contain upgraded pharmacy software and industry equipment. The gift will also enhance professional development for faculty and enrich the curriculum for students. Construction is expected to be completed in fall 2013.

“An aging population is creating a huge demand for more health care providers,” said Lisa Gibert, president and CEO of the Clark College Foundation.