Mallinckrodt Donation Will Support STEM Education Programs

Published on 27 October 2017

In an effort to expand science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education programs to serve high school students in St. Louis City and north St. Louis County, Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals has generously supported St. Louis College of Pharmacy’s STEM Health Science Academy.

STEM Health Science Academy’s mission is to equip high school students with the education, on-the-job training and soft-skill development to prepare them for STEM-based careers, with an emphasis on pharmacist and pharmacy technician training. The grant from Mallinckrodt will provide support to the program for 30 students. The donation will also help the College expand the program’s reach from Jennings High School to serve additional students in Ferguson and other areas of north St. Louis County and St. Louis City.

With the number of STEM occupations in health care continuing to skyrocket, the need for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians is also expected to grow. Programs like the College’s STEM Health Science Academy help to create a pipeline of health care professionals that will play a critical role in meeting the increasingly complex needs of patients in the years to come.

“As the role of the pharmacist expands, there is a demand for more educated and trained assistants with industry knowledge and technical, critical thinking and problem-solving skills,” said Valerie Stevens, adjunct instructor and coordinator for pharmacy pipeline development and technician training. “Technicians interact and develop relationships with patients and other health care professionals on a daily basis, so success in this role requires high-level skills in interpersonal communications, professional etiquette, and social and cultural awareness.”

Students participating in the STEM Health Science Academy benefit from leadership programming that focuses on developing interpersonal skills, character and professionalism, as well as college readiness and career development. The academy also offers National Pharmacy Technician Certification Board training (CPHT); paid externships and work-study programs; college credit opportunities and site visits to STEM-based organizations and companies.

“We are so grateful to Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals for their generous gift in support of the STEM Health Science Academy,” said Isaac Butler, vice president for diversity and inclusion. “The funds will allow us to continue our work to provide additional area high school students with STEM-based education designed to help them pursue lasting and impactful careers in the health care industry.”

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