Max Drewel was about to retire but wasn't done working. He found PCC's Pharm Tech program and after 30 years working in Insurance, switched careers completely.
Tell us a little bit more about yourself.
I’m a college graduate, and worked over thirty years in the commercial insurance industry. While I’d been looking forward to retirement, I wasn’t quite ready to leave the working world.
Why did you decide to pursue being a Pharmacy Technician? Why did you choose PCC Institute for Health Professionals?
An old college buddy who’s a pharmacist recommended I consider getting certified as a pharmacy technician. It’s a very portable skill set, and offers good opportunities to work part-time.
There were three aspects of the PCC Pharmacy Technician program that made it hugely attractive - a convenient location, tuition and book costs that were very reasonable, and just a two-quarter time commitment.
What did you like most about the course?
My instructor had years of experience as a pharmacy technician, and she did a wonderful job conveying a real sense of just what a tech can expect to experience in the real world, at the same time helping us learn the technical aspects of the job.
If applicable, did you take a national exam after the course? Did you pass? Did you feel prepared to take the exam?
I took a national exam after the course and I’m happy (not to mention, relieved) to report that I passed. The PCC course work was excellent preparation for the exam, in part because we took quizzes on a weekly basis.
Where are you working in the field? How long did it take you to find a job? Are you liking it?
I’m working part-time for a pharmacy chain that specializes in serving customers who are dealing with mental health issues; since it’s a full-service pharmacy, the individuals we serve really benefit from the coordinated care they receive by getting all of their drugs at one location. It’s the same pharmacy where I had my student internship experience (which the PCC Career Center was instrumental in arranging.) I started paid employment immediately following my internship. I thoroughly enjoy the work, the people I work with, and knowing that I’m part of a team of professionals that is making a real difference in the quality of life for hundreds of people.
What would you say to other individuals who are thinking about taking this course at PCC Institute for Health Professionals?
In order to work as a tech, you need to pass a national exam. For those who want a cost-effective program to help prepare for the test as well as gain the academic knowledge required for work as a pharmacy technician, PCC’s by far your best option in the greater Portland area.