Faculty spotlight: Bidwell Training Center Lead Instructor for the Pharmacy Technician Program Barbara Schwartz
January 27, 2021 3:30 pm
At Manchester Bidwell Corporation (MBC), we believe our staff is as world-class as our facilities and programming.
From our executive leaders to our program instructors, our MBC family is made up of the most dedicated, caring and skilled employees.
One of those exceptional employees is Barbara Schwartz.
Nearly 21 years ago, Schwartz spotted an ad for her dream job in the newspaper – a part-time pharmacy technician position at Bidwell Training Center (BTC).
“The job description was perfect. It was as if I wrote it,” says Schwartz.
Now, Schwartz is the Lead Instructor for the Pharmacy Technician Program. Her bright, positive spirit instills confidence in her students and inspires them to climb the career ladder to continue to better their lives.
“BTC combines the best of both worlds. I get to teach students and I get to share and spread my love for pharmacy,” says Schwartz.
Schwartz works with and learns from teachers every day, not only at BTC, but within her own household. Her mother and brother are both teachers and their love for education heavily influenced Schwartz.
In 1995 she decided to go back to college to further her education in hopes of becoming a teacher. Eventually, she graduated and received her Master of Science degree in education.
Schwartz is also a registered pharmacist and her personal experiences and years of wisdom in the field make her a trusted and valued instructor.
Those years of wisdom have also made Schwartz a very adaptable instructor.
When the COVID-19 pandemic struck in early March of last year, BTC had to quickly switch to remote instruction. Schwartz prides herself, colleagues and BTC administration on their flexibility and how quickly they were able to deliver virtual instruction without the quality of it suffering.
“I give my students the same advice that I give myself,” says Schwartz, “I remind them that 2020 has been difficult for everyone and they aren’t in it alone. We have their backs.”
Schwartz also encourages her students to share with future employers the specific challenges they’ve faced, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, and how they persevered through them.
“Employers are going to want to hear how they’ve responded to adversity. It shows employers their character and what kind of employee they will be,” says Schwartz.
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Now more than ever, pharmacy technician jobs are in high-demand. As essential members on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, they aid in preserving good health and saving the lives of their patients.
“The field is always changing,” says Schwartz, “For example, work-from-home jobs never used to exist for pharmacy technicians, but now they do.”
BTC’s Pharmacy Technician program is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and has a five-year weighted average 84.62% job placement rate.
Alumni of the program have shared many positive testimonials and expressed how receiving an education from BTC helped them to reach their career goals.
“I really care about my students and I love what I do,” says Schwartz, “At BTC we want our students to be successful in all areas of their lives and that’s why we help our students inside the classroom as well as outside.”
Schwartz also encourages prospective students to apply for the program as soon as possible.
“You’ll be amazed at what can become of your life after attending BTC,” says Schwartz, “Everyone you meet is positive and encouraging and always there to help.”