Elaine Beale, center, is congratulated by fellow PDCCC Regional Workforce Development employees Renee Brown, executive secretary, and Randy Betz, vice president, at a luncheon where she was honored.
Elaine Beale, pharmacy technician instructor at Paul D. Camp Community College, was awarded the Chancellor’s Award for Workforce Development Services on Nov. 15 during a special ceremony held at Tidewater Community College’s Regional Workforce Development Center.
The Chancellor’s award is designed to recognize outstanding contributions made by workforce development professionals in support of the college’s mission in serving the Virginia’s workforce and community.
The Pharmacy Technician Program at PDCCC graduated its first class in May 2013. Beale, in conjunction with Workforce Development Coordinator Carolyn Crowder, were instrumental in developing this Career Studies Certificate program at the college.
“We are certainly glad we arrived at a place where we could use Elaine’s talents,” said Vice President of the Division of Workforce Development Randy Betz. “She has the credibility to work with and guide our Advisory Committee of pharmaceutical professionals as well.” Betz nominated Beale and presented her the award during the ceremony.
Beale has a genuine compassion for her students, which is exemplified by the time she spends with each one of them.
“She goes the distance to help each student manage any challenges they may have to become the best learner and pharmacy technician possible,” said Betz. “Just looking at the smiles on the faces of students in our first graduating class said it all. They had a positive learning experience that will help them gain meaningful employment.”
Beale has worked in retail, hospital and nursing home pharmacy settings and noted that gaining knowledge about pharmacy and pharmacy practice has always been exciting for her.
“My real love is teaching, so this job combines two of my interests,” she said. “I try to pass along my enthusiasm and skills to the students.”
She began working as a pharmacy technician in a retail pharmacy in high school. She then worked as a hospital pharmacy technician. After five years as a technician, she enrolled in pharmacy school, serving as a pharmacy intern to fund her education. During that time, she also completed an externship and clerkship program.
“Randy nominating me for this award was an honor, especially since the program means so much to me,” Beale said. “Working through workforce development has been a wonderful and very positive experience.”