Target presented a $50,000 check to the College of Pharmacy (COP) at Western University of Health Sciences on Wednesday, April 15, 2009.

The joint collaboration between Target and COP will help build a Professional Development Laboratory that will serve as the center for many of the college’s educational and professional development learning activities.

Target provides tremendous opportunities for students, said Daniel Robinson, PharmD, Dean of the College of Pharmacy.

“Without partners, we don’t exist,” he told Target officials. “We value your contributions so much.”

The Target Campus Grant Program Foundation will also provide an additional $5,000 to fund a contemporary language development center within the Multi-Purpose Professional Development Laboratory under another diversity initiative. COP has committed to increase health professions workforce diversity and to narrow the gap in health disparities.

Some of Target’s regional leaders met with Robinson and also spoke to COP students about their company. COP honored Guy DiPasqua, RPh, group pharmacy leader for Target, for his help in fostering this partnership between his company and the college.

“Partnership is big at Target, having strategic partnerships that drive results,” DiPasqua said. “Western has always produced great students who thrive in our environment.”

He told PharmD students that their reasons for entering pharmacy school often mirror Target’s values.

“You wanted to be part of a great team. You wanted to have a positive impact on people’s health,” he said. “You wanted to be involved in the community and to have a stable career. We’re all in it for the same reason.”