Each year, the CVS Health WorkForce Initiatives program selects one student from each of the 5 WorkAbility 1 regions in California to receive the Student Award of Excellence in recognition of their participation in a work experience opportunity at a CVS/pharmacy. This is the third consecutive year that a student from San Marcos Unified School District’s WorkAbility 1 Region V program has won this award.
Ernesto Aguilar, who graduated from Mission Hills High School last June, was nominated and chosen to receive the 2015 award and a check in the sum of $200. Ernesto worked at the CVS/pharmacy store at 1302 West Mission Road, San Marcos during his final semester. Not only did he receive a perfect evaluation at the conclusion of his work experience, but the store manager, Anna-Marie Ferris, encouraged Ernesto to apply for a permanent position when he graduated. Ernesto was hired in the fall of 2014 and has worked at the store full time since then. Anna-Marie said of Ernesto, then and now, that he is one of her best workers and she sees the potential for an exceptional future with CVS.
CVS/Pharmacy entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with California’s WorkAbility 1 program in February of 2009 with the aim of promoting and encouraging full inclusion of students with disabilities into the workforce. Through this initiative, numerous students throughout California have started out on a path to a better and more productive adult life through integrated competitive employment.
CVS/Pharmacy are our district’s largest business partners in San Marcos and provide work experience opportunities for our students at all five of their San Marcos stores allowing us a diversity of locations that meet the needs of students throughout the city. To date, these stores have provided work experiences for over 90 San Marcos students.