Board approves two Northwest Vista College degree plans

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By Kyle R. Cotton

kcotton11@student.alamo.edu

The Alamo Colleges board of trustees unanimously approved two associates of applied science degree plans Tuesday at Killen Center.

The votes were in the regular February meeting of the board.

The current pharmacy technology program, which previously offered only a certificate, will now offer an associate degree as well.

The completely new degree, customer service/sales operations, came about after Northwest Vista College’s business community demanded the degree plan to help fill 1,750 expected hires over the next three to five years.

The program will prepare students for careers in retail, call-centers and business settings.

Graduates of the programs are expected to make $10-15 an hour.

The program expects net revenue of $257,129 over its first five years.

The pharmacy technology program’s degree plan came about in an effort to stay ahead of changing standards in credentialing parameters coming in 2020.

The both programs expect 175 students over five years with 47 completing the customer service and 23 pharmacy technology students.

Pharmacy technology is expected to have 700 new jobs over the next 10 years according to the pharmacy technology business plan.

The program is expected to make $301,497 of net revenue over its first five years.

Both degree plans will be offered with Northwest Vista’s fall 2016 catalog.

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