The first cohort of Waipahu High School Academy of Health & Sciences students completed Kapi'olani Community College's (KCC) Pharmacy Technician program in December 2018. Since then, four other Pharm Tech cohorts of Pharm Tech students have registered and completed the program. All students earned a University of Hawai’i Certificate of Competence in the process. All Pharm Tech students spent 96 instructional hours with a KCC Pharmacy Technician instructor and completed more than 160 hours of clinical externships within CVS or 5-Minute Pharmacies across the island.
In partnering with KCC and the two pharmacies who provide externships for the students, Waipahu High School is helping to focus on meeting the needs of the health industries high demand for Pharmacy Technicians. According to Sally Pestana, the Health Education Non-Credit Program Director at KCC, "pharmaceutical knowledge is a basis for almost every other health career - medicine, nursing, clinical laboratory, radiology, respiratory care and others." Waipahu High School Pharm Tech students who completed the program were available for employment at various pharmacies on the island. Many graduates were even able to seek Pharm Tech employment in other states as they pursued their post-secondary college degrees.