OFTC Grad Named Pharmacy Technician of the Year

After graduating from Oconee Fall Line Technical College’s Pharmacy Technology program in 2012, Ladonna Crumpler knew she wanted a career serving the nation’s veterans. In 2014, that dream came true when Crumpler began working at the Carl Vinson VA Medical Center in Dublin as a Certified Pharmacy Technician.

“I absolutely love my career,” Crumpler shared. “Working at the Carl Vinson VA was always my goal after graduating and I love having the opportunity to serve our veterans as they have served us.”

While embracing an attitude of service, Crumpler was named by her co-workers as the 2017 Pharmacy Technician of the Year at the VA. “It means the world to me, especially since I was voted by my co-workers,” she said.

The award was given to Crumpler for her achievement in patient care, leadership and innovation to encourage and support excellence among the pharmacy department.

Becoming a pharmacy technician
When Crumpler made the decision to attend college at OFTC she knew she wanted to do something in the medical field. After looking into pharmacy, “it just seemed like the perfect career for me,” she said.

“I knew a lot of people who went to OFTC,” she added, “and they really loved it.” So Crumpler wasn’t at all surprised at her own positive experience as a student. “My experience was wonderful and I recommend OFTC to anyone wanting to go to college.”

Going to college wasn’t easy for this mother of two young children. “Both my children were small when I started school and it was hard at times.”

But with the help of her husband and their families she made it through. “My husband was a major part of helping me get through school,” Crumpler shared. “I couldn’t have done it without him and our families who helped us with our kids.”

Not only did Crumpler complete the program but she did so as a stellar student. “Ladonna was an exceptional student in the program,” shared Pharmacy Technology instructor Jack Shepherd. “She was always willing to give 100% and received excellent evaluations from the preceptor sites she worked at, both in work ethics and performance. She was also a strong leader and always well liked and willing to offer leadership and encouragement.”

“I am really proud that Ladonna got employed at the Carl Vinson VA Medical Center Pharmacy and was chosen by her peers as Pharmacy Technician of the Year,” Shepherd added. “Crumpler was a model student while in the Pharmacy Technology program at OFTC and she has also been a great mentor to our current students doing rotations at CVVAMC pharmacy.”

Besides her family, one of the people she credits for helping her through the program was her instructor, Jack Shepherd. “Mr. Shepherd is a great teacher,” she said. “He had our class well prepared for the Pharmacy Technician Certification (CPhT) exam and to go out into the workforce. I am truly thankful to him for believing in his students and helping us to achieve our goals.”

A successful career
While working in a pharmacy setting provides some sort of consistency, there are many different areas pharmacy technicians can work in, Crumpler shared. From inpatient to outpatient to mailing out medications and making sure all areas of the hospital have the medications they need, it’s a fast-paced environment she said.

“Being a pharmacy technician is an amazing job,” Crumpler added. “If you love a fast-paced work environment and enjoy providing excellent customer service, then pursuing a career as a pharmacy technician is perfect.”

Crumpler serves as a rotating technician at the VA and works in several areas within the pharmacy performing tasks like: making IV’s, filling prescriptions, running reports for pyxis inventory to fill needed medications in different areas of the hospital, and mailing out medication to patients.

“I absolutely love my career as a pharmacy technician and I am so grateful I was able to learn the skills I needed to be successful in this field locally at OFTC,” Crumpler said.

To learn more about OFTC’s Pharmacy program, visit the Pharmacy Technology page on OFTC.edu.

Ladonna Crumpler inside the Carl Vinson VA Medical Center Pharmacy preparing to fill a prescription.

Ladonna Crumpler inside the Carl Vinson VA Medical Center Pharmacy preparing to fill a prescription.