Mario S. Garcia appointed to Pharmacy Technician Accreditation Commission
08.15.2017 | By Jeannie Peng Mansyur
Garcia is one of nine professionals nationwide to serve the 2017-2018 term
PASADENA, Texas – San Jacinto College pharmacy technician program director Mario S. Garcia is one of nine professionals nationwide to be selected for the Pharmacy Technician Accreditation Commission (PTAC) for the 2017 – 2018 term.
In addition to his latest appointment with PTAC, Garcia also serves on the Curriculum Steering Committee, Instructional and Student Services Council for San Jacinto College and is an active member of the Pharmacy Technician Educators Council. He travels the country to assist the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) as a guest site surveyor. Garcia said that he has learned new teaching techniques and approaches to assist with maintaining ASHP accreditation.
“I am just really excited to be a part of this commission,” said Garcia. “It is truly an honor to be recognized in my capacity here at San Jacinto College. Everything I do for the commission and the ASHP will help me to become a stronger program director. With every site visit, I learn of new teaching techniques and approaches to take back and see how they can be incorporated in what we do at the College.”
The PTAC is a collaboration between the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the ASHP to promote, assure, and advance the quality of pharmacy technician education and training programs in the United States.
Garcia joined the San Jacinto College pharmacy technician program in 2007. Previously, he served in the U.S. Army, where he obtained his pharmacy technician training. He has worked in pharmacy retail, institutional and long-term care. He holds an associate degree in science from the University of South Carolina and a Bachelor of Science in Biological and Physical Sciences from the University of Houston-Downtown.
“Our faculty consistently raise the bar for pharmacy technician education at the state and national levels, and Mario Garcia is no exception,” said Dr. Alexander Okwonna, San Jacinto College dean of natural sciences and health sciences. “As the profession of pharmacy and the roles of the pharmacist and pharmacy technician continue to evolve, Garcia continues to provide extraordinary faculty leadership and innovative approaches to pharmacy technician education. We are thrilled about his appointment to the Pharmacy Technician Accreditation Commission.”
Okwonna noted that along with Garcia’s appointment, Sara Byars, pharmacy technician professor, is serving as President-Elect of the Pharmacy Technician Educators Council.
The San Jacinto College pharmacy technician program offers both certificates and an associate degree and is housed at the North and South Campuses. The program is accredited by the ASHP. For more information, visit http://www.sanjac.edu/career/pharmacy-technician.
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. As a fiscally sound institution, the College currently holds bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s, respectively. San Jacinto College is a 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Rising Star Award recipient and an Achieving the Dream Leader College. Approximately 45,000 credit and non-credit students each semester benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success. The College offers eight areas of study that prepare a diverse body of students to transfer to four-year colleges or universities or enter the workforce with the skills needed to support the growing industries along the Texas Gulf Coast. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.