Student Success Story! - Pioneer Pacific College

The Pioneer Pacific Blog

Blog › Pioneer People

Student Success Story!

27 January 2014 By Emily Hohf

Deanna Kritch

Meet Deanna Kritch, Pharmacy Technician

What were you doing prior to enrolling at Pioneer Pacific College?

I worked for a manufacturing company for twenty-four years and was laid off. I qualified for Trade Act funding and decided to return to school.

Why did you choose PPC?

The Trade Act only pays for accredited programs and I love the small campus. You can truly get to know the staff and instructors.

Why did you choose the Pharmacy Technician Program?

I wanted a field that showed signs of growth and longevity and could not be moved offshore.

What were some of your challenges while a student at PPC?

The program was an entirely new field for me, so that alone was challenging. I am also an older student and had to relearn study skills and time management. Thankfully, I have a very supportive husband who valued my education and helped provide the time I needed. He also quizzed me when needed!

What was the job search process like for you?

Somewhat discouraging at first, but my program director and career services provided lots of leads. I graduated in October and was hired the first week of December.

What are your short term goals?

Continue learning about the pharmacy industry and my job duties as a technician.

What are your long term goals?

Retire! In the meantime, I’d like to find a position where I really enjoy my co-workers and the schedule allows me to spend time with my family.

What advice would you like to give other students at PPC?

Don’t get behind! The schedules are aggressive and it is hard to catch up. Take advantage of the one-on-one help available from your instructors. Find one or two friends to study with and encourage each other. Take it seriously, be on time for classes, and do all the extra credit available.

More articles in Pioneer People

What You Need to Know About HIPAA Privacy Rules

Nearly all medical records now exist in some digital format. For this reason, the federally mandated HIPAA Security Rule was imposed to protect patients medical, health, and private information across the Internet. The HIPAA Security rule ensures confidentiality, integrity, and availability of health information. It also detects and prevents reasonably anticipated mistakes or breaches due […]

PPC Program Highlight: Radiologic Technology

Radiologic Technology is one of the many healthcare degree programs we offer at Pioneer Pacific College. It’s a fantastic career choice for anyone passionate about medicine and technology, and it has many opportunities for specialization and advancement. The job market in healthcare is strong throughout Oregon, with the need only growing for specialized roles such […]

Build a Successful and Meaningful Career at PPC

February may be the month of love, with an abundance of chocolate and roses, but we want to talk about passion. That is, passion for your career. At Pioneer Pacific College, we see students from many walks of life come through our doors, venturing out for the next step, or that first step, toward a […]

Get Started

The path to your new career starts now. Download your free info kit today!

  • I want to request a campus tour!