From Left to right: Marvin Glazerman, Member, JCMC Board of Trustees; Jared H. Wolovnick, Esq., Member, LibertyHealth Foundation Board of Trustees; Gary Greenberg, Executive Director and CEO, Boys and Girls Club of Hudson County; Lourdes Valdes, Employment Manager, JCMC, and Member, Great Futures High School Board; Carlos Lejnieks, Member, LibertyHealth Board of Trustees; Daniel Frohwirth, Member, LibertyHealth Foundation Board of Trustees; Rita Smith, RN, DNP, Senior Vice President, Patient Care, JCMC; Robert Luckritz, Esq. Executive Director, EMS, JCMC; Mary Cataudella, Vice President, Human Resources, JCMC; and Steven Cohen, Director, EMS Quality, JCMC.
JCMC board members and hospital administrators joined Gary Greenberg, Executive Director and CEO of Boys and Girls Club of Hudson County, in welcoming the first class of 125 freshmen to the new Great Futures High School for the Health Sciences—Jersey City's first academic institution dedicated exclusively to the health sciences.
The school, which is a collaborative effort between the Boys and Girls Club of Hudson County and the Jersey City Medical Center, is a state‐designated charter school providing students a foundation for post‐secondary education or workforce readiness in certified health‐related professions. Students will learn through integrated projects, case studies and online learning. Graduating students will be certified as emergency medical technicians or patient care technicians, and also encouraged to attend college in a health‐related field.
The idea for a health‐oriented charter high school began to take shape about five years ago when the Boys and Girls Club of Hudson County formed an alliance with JCMC that allowed students to do internships with the hospital's staff. Those short‐term educational opportunities have now been expanded into the Great Futures' curriculum. In each of the coming four years, the school will add a new class with total enrollment to reach 500 students.