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Fruth Pharmacy funds Mountwest scholarships

Huntington, W.Va. - Mountwest Community & Technical College recently received a $5,000 gift from the West Virginia-based Fruth Pharmacy.

The gift will go to fund scholarships for students in Mountwest’s Pharmacy Technician program and pharmacy software that will give students hands-on experience with real-world applications. In addition, the Fruth gift will also support a new externship program through which Information Technology students at the college will gain on-the-job training experience with Fruth.


“This is a partnership that makes sense,” Lynne Fruth, President of Fruth Pharmacy replied in regards to the new scholarship fund for Mountwest Community & Technical College. “We look forward to working with the staff and students from Mountwest.  The PDX-EPS system we are providing for the pharmacy technician program is the same system utilized by chains such as Target & Kroger, so the assistance we are providing will allow students to be job-ready and valuable to many different companies within the community. We hope to provide invaluable experience to Mountwest’s students.”

Fruth Pharmacy has a long-standing tradition of support for pharmacy education in our region and has worked for a number of years with the college’s Pharmacy Technician program on clinical placements. This is the first time the community pharmacy has partnered with a community and technical college through its scholarship program.

“Mountwest is honored by the generous support of Lynne Fruth and Fruth Pharmacy,” said Mountwest President Keith J. Cotroneo. “This important partnership is evidence of the innovation that occurs when education and business work together to invest in students and programs that benefit our entire community.”

Mountwest Community & Technical College is a public institution with approximately 2,500 students. Mountwest offers more than 60 associate degree options and 15 one-year certificates. Mountwest is accredited by t

he Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. For more information about Mountwest, visit www.mctc.edu.

Fruth Pharmacy is a family owned pharmacy with 27 stores serving customers in both Ohio and West Virginia for over 60 years.  You can learn more about Fruth Pharmacy at www.fruthpharmacy.com.

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Photo caption:   Jeff Faucette, president of the Mountwest Foundation, and Dr. Keith Cotroneo, president of Mountwest Community & Technical College, accept a gift from Lynne Fruth, president and chairman of the board for Fruth Pharmacy, and Tim Weber, vice president of Fruth, on Wednesday, Oct. 29, at Mountwest.