Meijer is sponsoring a pharmacy technician training program at the West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology, in an effort to recruit graduates for placement in its pharmacies.

"The need for pharmacy technicians is growing tremendously, and our partnership with WMCAT will enable us to bolster our pharmacy staff so they can build patient relationships to better manage their health care needs,” said Karen Mankowski, vice president of pharmacy operations for the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer, in a statement.

Employment of pharmacy technicians, who help licensed pharmacists formulate and dispense prescription medication, is slated to increase 20% by 2022, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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