BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Most people in New York City are used to having a CVS Pharmacy in their local neighborhood. But a CVS inside a school? That’s totally different.
CVS Health and District 75, which provides citywide educational, vocational, and behavioral support for students with cognitive and behavioral disabilities, opened a mock CVS Pharmacy at the Brooklyn Transition Center, P373K, located at 185 Ellery St. in Brooklyn, N.Y.
According to CVS, the simulated store environment will allow students to develop work experience and customer service skills while in school and potentially set them up for future internship and employment opportunities with CVS Health.
"CVS Health is proud to expand our partnership with District 75 with the opening of a new mock CVS Pharmacy at the Brooklyn Transition Center,” Amanda Tierney, regional learning center manager, CVS Health, told Drug Store News. “Through the simulated store environment, students will have the opportunity to develop work experience and customer service skills, such as stocking shelves and working the cash register, while still in school. The valuable skill sets gained at the mock CVS Pharmacy will help give students real-world experience and set them up for potential intern and employment opportunities at CVS Health in the future."
“The Brooklyn Transition Center is proud to host the very first instructional CVS pharmacy store in a New York City Public School,” added Regina Tottenham, principal of the Brooklyn Transition Center. “This unique store will serve not only as a vocational training center where students will have the opportunity to develop essential and diverse job-related skills, but the instructional or ‘mock’ pharmacy will also serve as a model for community engagement with students with special needs. This partnership is another milestone in fulfilling our mission statement: “Independence through Education, Community and Advocacy.”