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Thirteen Students Graduate from Newark Beth Israel Medical Center’s Structured Learning Experience Program

06/30/2016

A Unique Vocational Training for High School Seniors with Learning Disabilities

(Back Row, left to right) Christian ‘Gio’ Salas, Edgar Delgado, Faizon Danzy, Trashawn White-Hines, Luis Morales-Sanchez, Raheem Long; (Bottom row, left to right) Natasha Anderson, Jabril Johnson, Darraiha Edmonds, Chelsea Pegram, Laritza Duperoy, Melanie Ponce

(Back Row, left to right) Christian ‘Gio’ Salas, Edgar Delgado, Faizon Danzy, Trashawn White-Hines, Luis Morales-Sanchez, Raheem Long; (Bottom row, left to right) Natasha Anderson, Jabril Johnson, Darraiha Edmonds, Chelsea Pegram, Laritza Duperoy, Melanie Ponce

NEWARK, NJ (June 22, 2016) – Newark City Council President Mildred Crump delivered closing remarks in an emotional ceremony in which thirteen Newark high school students who participated in the Structured Learning Experience Program (SLEP) at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center (NBIMC) were awarded certificates of completion from NBIMC’s President and Chief Executive Officer Darrell K. Terry, Sr., MHA, MPH, FACHE. During the recognition ceremony, the students shared stories of personal growth, job skills they acquired, and how their experiences at NBIMC have touched their lives.

According to the National Longitudinal Transition study, 35% of students with learning disabilities drop out of high school, which is twice the rate of students without learning disabilities. “When we started the program ten years ago, there were no internship opportunities for special needs students in the Newark Public School system,” said Kim Cook, Director of Community Relations and Volunteer Services, who runs the program. “We have since provided internship opportunities for 126 special needs students, with a 100% graduation rate, many of whom have gone on to pursue allied health careers.”

The students are selected from high schools throughout the Newark Public School system, and complete their senior year at NBIMC. Despite their unique learning challenges, they are able to meet the academic requirements for graduation while working alongside employee mentors in various hospital departments.

SLEP participants receive onsite academic instruction each day from Kathy Kuchta, a Newark Public School (NPS) special education teacher. They spend the remainder of the day with their mentors, learning from others and contributing to the department. “The opportunity to develop job readiness skills builds self-esteem in a way that cannot be duplicated in a school setting,” said Mr. Terry. “It’s great to see our students getting prepared for the real world and gaining the confidence they need to be successful after graduation.” NBIMC has hired 19 of the program’s graduates over the years.

SLEP has made a lasting difference in the lives of students who were considered at-risk youth because of learning challenges.

Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Structured Learning Experience Program was a 2016 NJBiz Healthcare Hero finalist in the Education Hero category. NBIMC was also recently honored by the Essex County and Newark Workforce Development Boards’ Disability Issues Committee as an Employer Who Champions Employment for People with Disabilities.

Douglas Zehner, COO, NBIMC; Kierra Baskerville, NPS; Newark City Council President Mildred Crump, Trashawn White-Hines, SLEP graduate and West Side High School Valedictorian; Darrell K. Terry, Sr., MHA, MPH, FACHE, President and CEO, NBIMC.

Douglas Zehner, COO, NBIMC; Kierra Baskerville, NPS; Newark City Council President Mildred Crump, Trashawn White-Hines, SLEP graduate and West Side High School Valedictorian; Darrell K. Terry, Sr., MHA, MPH, FACHE, President and CEO, NBIMC.

Faizon Danzy and each graduate spoke about their experience before accepting their certificates.

Faizon Danzy and each graduate spoke about their experience before accepting their certificates.

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center & Children’s Hospital of New Jersey (NBIMC), a 673-bed regional care teaching hospital, provides comprehensive health care to its local communities and beyond with over 1,000 physicians, 3,200 employees, 150 volunteers, over 300,000 outpatient visits and 25,000 admissions annually. Its home to the nation’s 3rd largest heart transplant center, the Heart Failure Treatment and Transplant Program; NJ’s only Advanced Lung Disease and Transplant Program and a Valve Center that performs more cardiac valve procedures, including TAVR, than any other center in the State. The robotic surgery program is the broadest and most experienced in northern New Jersey. The Frederick B. Cohen, MD, Cancer and Blood Disorders Center and new Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey Breast Health Center provide seamless integration of cancer prevention, specialized care and treatment options. Children's Hospital of New Jersey (CHoNJ), located at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center cares for children from newborn to adolescent years, with over thirty specialized pediatric services as well as preventive programs that promote wellness in the community. The Children’s Heart Center has a complete range of medical and surgical treatments for the most complex cardiac abnormalities. For more information, visit us at www.BarnabasHealth.org/NewarkBeth

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