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Native of Ethiopia Moves From Stockroom to Pharmacy

Native of Ethiopia Moves From Stockroom to Pharmacy

Oct 21, 2013

Worku Wardofa, a native of Ethiopia, was recently promoted from working in the stockroom at WalMart, to working as a certified pharmacy technician in the WalMart pharmacy, after graduating from the pharmacy technician program at the Bartlett Campus.

When Worku came to America in 2004, continuing his education was one of his top priorities.  “America is the land of opportunity. To go to school is one of my dreams come true,” said Worku, who explained that only very wealthy citizens are able to go to college in Ethiopia.  “When I came here I was very eager to learn.”

Worku earned a degree in natural science from a local community college then decided to continue his education in the pharmacy technician program at National College because he wanted to get experience working in a pharmacy while pursuing his goal of becoming a pharmacist.

The intimate class size that he found at National, and the availability of his instructors who were always there to help him whenever he had questions, ensured that Worku succeeded in his program.  He also gained experience in his field and exposure to two types of pharmacy settings during externships with Pharmerica, which supplies medications to long term care facilities, and with CVS Pharmacy.

As he neared graduation, Worku worked closely with career center director Sammie Hawkins, who helped him prepare his résumé and conduct his job search.  He felt that the services provided by the career center were a big advantage to attending National.

After working in the physically demanding environment of the WalMart stockroom for more than five years, the professional atmosphere of the pharmacy has been a welcome transition for Worku.  His duties in the pharmacy include assisting the pharmacists with accurately filling prescriptions, communicating with physicians’ offices, and creating and updating customers’ profiles.

Worku’s family joined him in the United States in 2010 and they are very proud of his educational accomplishments.   He plans to continue his education and earn a bachelor’s degree in chemistry before applying to pharmacy school.

Graduate Worku Wardofa is pictured with his family.


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