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Nephron apprenticeship program graduates record-setting class

Compliments of Columbia Regional Business Report

Five graduates have completed Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corp.’s 2021 Pharmacy Technician Apprentice Program with the highest grade point average and completion rate in the history of the program, started in January 2018.  

The class’s completion rate of 100% and its GPA of more than 3.5 set records for the program, a partnership between Nephron and Midlands Technical College.  

“We could not be more excited about this bright group of future pharmacy technicians,” Nephron CEO Lou Kennedy said in a news release. “They demonstrated precisely the kind of hard work, determination and attention to detail it takes to excel in an increasingly competitive professional field. We look forward to watching them as they flourish into the industry leaders of tomorrow.” 

The program marked Nephron’s first official apprenticeship through Apprenticeship Carolina and the U.S. Department of Labor. Students are enrolled in MTC’s seven-month pharmacy technician certification program.  

Each Nephron employee will continue to work full time while completing the MTC program, with all educational costs paid by Nephron, according to the release.   

The 2021 Pharmacy Technician Apprenticeship class members are: 

  • Yulander Brown 
  • Hannelore Ignacio 
  • Sha’Keela Shiggs 
  • Gabriela Solla 
  • Michelle Whetstone 

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