Grant-Funded Tuition for Online Pharmacy Tech Training Offers Quick-Start into a Growing Healthcare Field

BEND, Oregon – The Central Oregon Health Council has awarded a community development grant to workability LLC to facilitate an online training program to increase the number of job-ready pharmacy technicians in Central Oregon. 

“There are about 100 job openings for pharmacy technicians in the region, and if they continue to remain unfilled, it impedes patient access to their life-saving medications,” said Sheila Jordan, founder and Managing Director of workability.

Titled Stabilizing the Pharmacy Technician Pipeline in Central Oregon, the grant allows workability to offer free online training, educational and employment support, and job coaching for up to 30 prospective pharmacy technicians.

To qualify, applicants must:

  • be 18 years old, or close to their 18th birthday
  • have a high school diploma, GED or be close to graduation (high school juniors and seniors may apply)
  • pass a criminal background check 

Participants will have six months to complete the 150-hour program, which translates into 10-12 hours of online coursework and studying per week. A licensed pharmacist will hold weekly, virtual Q&A sessions. Once participants complete online training, workability will cover the cost of their pharmacy technician license application, provide help with writing a resume, and support their efforts to find a job.

“High-quality training like this can cost over $3,000 in tuition alone, not including the license fee,” said Jordan. “This is a tremendous opportunity for anyone who wants to work in healthcare and doesn’t yet have a college degree. Studying to become a pharmacy technician is a quick-start career path.”

workability LLC is committed to equity and inclusion, and will endeavor to recruit BIAPAC, LGBTQ+, neurodiverse and disabled job seekers into the Flexible Pharmacy Technician Training Program. Bilingual applicants are also encouraged to apply, as the need for Spanish-speaking pharmacy technicians continues to grow along with the local Latino participation. Applications are open now. Visit and search for “pharm tech.” If accepted, participants can begin the program as early as December this year.

workability LLC owns and operates the Internet Job Board and recruitment advertising platform that connects inclusive employers to neurodiverse and disabled job seekers. It also produces diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) education programs for human resources professionals.

The Central Oregon Health Council is a not-for-profit public and private community governance entity. COHC works to improve the health of the region and provides oversight of the Medicaid/OHA population and the region’s Coordinated Care Organization (CCO), PacificSource. COHC was officially created by Senate Bill 204 in 2011 to promote the health of the region’s residents and seeks to achieve the Triple Aim of improving health outcomes, increasing satisfaction with the health system, and reducing costs. Visit for more information.

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