Leslie Constanza: Abram Friedman Occupational Center

Abram Friedman Occupational Center's Pharmacy Technician Student, Leslie Constanza is at the corner of "happy & healthy."

When Graham Brown, Health Systems Manager, at "Community, A Walgreens Pharmacy" was looking for a new Pharmacy Technician at his Specialty Compounding Store, he contacted Ms. Leslie Acuña, the Pharmacy Technician Instructor, at Abram Friedman Occupational Center (AFOC). Ms. Acuña chose to offer an Externship (hands-on training in a pharmacy) to Leslie Constanza, a very bright and detail-orientated student. During the Externship, Ms. Constanza performed impressively and was offered a full-time position. She is now a California State Board of Pharmacy, Licensed Walgreens Pharmacy Technician and Nationally Certified with the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB).
 
"Community, A Walgreens Pharmacy" is the only Walgreens Compounding Pharmacy in California. They are different from other pharmacies (including other Walgreens Pharmacies) because they cater to a variety of specialty diseases, such as chemo for the young patients at Children's Hospital. They specialize in dosage forms; and in creating suspensions, suppositories, creams/ointments, and capsules that are not prefabricated; and they provide health testing services.
 
What makes Leslie's story so special is that she was hired for a position that is rare and unique and is an unparalleled learning opportunity for advancement in her career. This opportunity was equivalent to winning the Pharmacy Technician lottery. Less than 1% of students are even considered for a position like this because of the skill level that is required. Mr. Brown said, "I chose Leslie because she is extremely bright and showed a will to work hard and learn her craft. She went above and beyond any tasks that were given to her to complete."
 
Leslie Constanza enrolled in AFOC, focused on education and opportunity. She wanted a career where she would be able to work in the medical field, contributing her passion to ensure patient health and safety. AFOC wishes Leslie a long and successful career.
 
The Career Technical Education program at AFOC provides competency-based and academically-integrated career training. Check out our website for other training programs:www.abramfriedmanoc.org