Life Sciences Innovative Academy

  • Alief Students Earn Pharmacy Technician College Degrees in High School

    It’s no secret that job growth in the healthcare industry is exploding, especially in the pharmacy technician field.

    To help meet the employment demand, Alief Independent School District students will have the unique opportunity to jumpstart into the medical field by earning an associate’s degree and career certification in pharmacy technician training.

    The Alief Life Sciences Innovative Academy (ALSIA) will open in the Fall 2017 semester and is now taking admissions applications from 8th grade Alief ISD middle school students.

    During the program, students will learn the names, uses, doses and side effects of adispensed medications; pharmacy record keeping; pharmaceutical techniques and pharmacy law and ethics.

    By collaborating with Walgreens and West Houston Medical Center, ALSIA pharmacy technician students will participate in coursework that will include real-world experiences, such as internships in hospital, retail and home care settings. Employment into the pharmacy technician field is increasing much faster than the national average for all occupations.

    Alief ISD has made a point to emphasize preparing students to be college-ready and career-ready. “We wanted to focus on giving students access to educational pathways that enable them to secure profitable careers. Pharmacy tech is just one area where we saw an amazing opportunity for students,” says HD Chambers, Alief ISD Superintendent.

    Most pharmacy technician training certification programs cost anywhere from $500 to $5000. Associate’s degrees in the pharmacy field typically cost $10,000 to $25,000.

    Students who complete the coursework will obtain both an associate’s degree and a career certification as a Pharmacy Technician at no cost.

    “I know without a shadow of a doubt that the new Alief Life Sciences Innovative Academy will benefit my daughter in a tremendous way as she will be well equipped with college preparatory skills and build confidence in her future medical studies,” says Mya Clark, whose daughter will be enrolled in the pharmacy technician program in the fall.

    In its inaugural school year, the new Alief Life Sciences Innovative Academy will have limited enrollment. If you are interested in learning more about the program, or want to enroll your Alief ISD student into the Academy, please visit

Photo of a CTE student working in a pharmacy