Several Academy Learning Center (ALC) students are working successfully in a corporate environment at the Manalapan based RxS LLC, a provider of “Compliance Sample Management Solutions” to pharmaceutical and biotech companies.

For years, ALC students have worked well with area employers, including department stores, supermarkets and restaurants, through its Community-based Instruction (CBI) program, headed by Vocational Education Teacher Judy Kellner. Mrs. Rena Brenman, a CBI aide at ALC, said the placement at RxS is particularly significant because it demonstrates some students “are capable of working productively and interacting with employees in a corporate setting.”

The ALC, located in Monroe Township, offers two separate programs for students ages 3-21 with Autism Spectrum Disorders or Multiple Disabilities.

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“This is a good job and I like coming here,” said ALC student Tanvee Patel, one of the workers at RxS.

The ALC students work at RxS Mondays and Wednesdays. The students open returned envelopes containing signed acknowledgement forms sent from doctor’s offices confirming receipt of various drug samples. The drug samples were distributed to the doctors by sales representatives from various pharmaceutical firms. After opening each envelope, the students remove the form, and then stack it in the appropriate pile, which can range from signed forms and unsigned forms, to forms that are ripped. All forms are then transferred to another department for scanning and data entry. Mrs. Brenman is with the students in their designated office space at all times and double-checks their work.

Sorting the forms is a significant responsibility which has to be completed by RxS mailroom employees when the students are not on site.

 “Distribution of pharmaceutical samples is strictly monitored by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and one of our key roles is establishing a paper trail that ensures the product has been distributed properly,” said RxS Managing Director Mr. Mark Jara.

“The student’s role is significant because they are the first step in establishing that a doctor’s office has returned their form related to the sample drugs they received from the sales representatives,” Mr. Jara added.

RxS clients include various U.S. based multinational pharmaceutical companies, including small, midsize and biotech startups, representing thousands of sales representatives.

“We are more than satisfied with the student’s contribution, and see no reason why this relationship cannot continue indefinitely,” said Mr. Jara, whose company recently relocated to larger corporate space in Manalapan to accommodate its rapid growth.

ALC student, Vaibhav Krishna said, “It is fun working here, and there are a lot of nice people.”

The relationship between ALC and RxS has proven to be of great value to students and the company.

“This is a win-win, because students gain experience working in a corporate office environment, while some of our mailroom staff is freed up to deal with other responsibilities,” said Mr. Jara.

The Academy Learning Center is a school within the Educational Services Commission of New Jersey. The largest Educational Services Commission in the state, the ESCNJ provides special education services to school districts statewide, coordinates transportation services for over 10,000 students across the state, and manages a Co-op Pricing System with over 1,100 members, the largest cooperative buying program in New Jersey.