A-Tech has also introduced a brand new career preparation lab that prepares students to work in the field of pharmaceutical technology. Jon Whipple, principal of the Ashtabula County Technical and Career Center, wanted to expand the students’ opportunities in the health care field. In order to do this, A-Tech leadership looked at what other options were being offered throughout the state in other technical schools with respect to the health care professions. It was decided that pharmacy tech offered students the best chance for career success after high school. Whipple said that they had a number of applicants who had all of the qualifications to lead the new program. Through the interview process, Marybeth Sanford emerged as the best candidate.
Whipple said, “I am very pleased with the enthusiasm that Mrs. Sanford brought to her classroom and program. She was very knowledgeable in the pharmacy technician field and she works well with the other health care tech teachers and made a great connection with the students.”
Sanford has had several experiences within the health care field. She was a nurse’s aid at a nursing home for three years. Then, knowing she wanted to continue her passion for helping people, she decided to explore the field of pharmacology. She attended Great Lakes Institution of Technology in Erie, Pa., which is a one-year program. Sanford received extensive training in the areas of pharmacology, physiology and anatomy and graduated as a certified pharmacy technician. Mrs. Sanford said she did an eight-week externship at the Lake Erie Correctional Facility and learned that pharmacy inside a prison was not for her. She then accepted a position at Walgreen’s in Ashtabula where she has served as the senior pharmacy technician for seven years. Sanford found out about the career at A-Tech through her pharmacy manager and she wanted to branch out and share her passion with others.