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LAUSD/DACE - Westchester-Emerson Community Adult School

8810 Emerson Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Tel: (310)258-2000

The Pharmacy Technician Program at Westchester-Emerson Community Adult School (WECAS) started in the spring of 2003 under the leadership of Principal Christine Furuta, Assistant Principal of Operations, Annette Thomas, and Assistant Principal of Counseling, Rhoda Olauberg. It continues to be one of the most successful and popular classes offered at WECAS under current principal Pat Colby. Its popularity is greatly attributed to the dynamic instruction of Ms. Cassandra Ellis-Woodson and its high job placement rate.

The program

  • An intensive five-month sequence of instruction.
  • Fully accredited by the state and by the American Society of Health-System pharmacists.
  • Students attend class Monday-Thursday from 8:30 A.M. - 4 P.M.
  • Twelve weeks of classroom instruction.
  • Two-hundred practicum hours at a pharmacy.

After the 12 weeks of classroom instruction, 2 students each are placed at a pharmacy. They work 4-8 hours, 4 days a week and then return to class 1 day a week. Responsibilities at the pharmacy include typing, filling prescriptions, and answering phones.

The Los Angeles Unified School District has arranged for its pharmacy tech students to do their practicums at Savon pharmacies. Savon in turn offers job openings to graduates of the program. Ms. Ellis-Woodson contacts pharmacies about vacancies and refers her students to them. This collaboration has helped many graduates to be placed on full-time jobs right out of the program.


  • Based on criteria approved by the Los Angeles Unified School District.
  • Consistent with State and Federal law, regulations and program accreditation guidelines.
  • A high school diploma or GED, math proficiency - Math Review C, and a reading comprehension level of 9.0 are required.
  • Must not have any prior felony or drug/alcohol related convictions.
  • Have a legal right to work in the United States .

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