Becki Monti’s time at the West Virginia Junior College, Morgantown Campus, began a year ago when she was hired as Director of the Pharmacy Technician Program. The pharmacist is a native of Beckley, W.Va., and a WVU graduate. She adopted on the WVJC’s Pharmacy Tech program as her “baby.”
“I wanted to teach, and the opportunity at the WVJC sounded like an interesting twist to my current profession,” Becki said. “It was an opportunity to use my degree in a different way.”
Her favorite thing is when she sees that her students have learned something new and that she’s the one who taught it to them. “I’m learning so much, too,” Becki said. “I know so much more than I did six months ago, in every area: education and pharmacy.”
Becki also works as a relief pharmacist for the Federal Prison in Morgantown, FCI Morgantown. “Our program is so new that everything is still new to us,” she said. “Every six weeks is a new experience.” The WVJC Pharmacy Tech program began as a result of the soon-to-be state requirement that all pharmacy technicians be nationally certified. Graduates of the WVJC program will take the national certification.
Becki said anyone who is interested in becoming a pharmacy tech needs to be dependable; when the weather is bad, they still need to show up for work. They need to be meticulous and pay attention to detail. She added that they must be self-motivated and able to do a tremendous amount of work in a small amount of time. “We also deal with controlled substances, so we need trustworthy people,” she said. “This is also an out-patient setting, so pharmacy technicians must like to deal with people.”
For more information about the Pharmacy Technician program, visit WVJC.edu.