A Unique Vocational Training Experience for High School Seniors with Learning
NEWARK, NJ (June 16, 2017) – In an emotional ceremony, eleven Newark high school
seniors who participated in Newark Beth Israel Medical Center’s
Structured Learning Experience Program (SLEP) were awarded certificates
of participation from Newark Beth Israel Medical Center.
This unique program offers high school students with learning challenges
the opportunity to complete their senior year of high school at Newark
The students spend a portion of the day receiving onsite classroom instruction
from a Newark Public School special education instructor and another portion
of their day learning from hospital staff and contributing to hospital
By the end of the program these students meet the academic requirements
for graduation and have worked alongside employee mentors in various hospital
departments based on their interests and abilities.
“It’s great to see our students getting prepared for the real
world and getting the confidence they need to be successful after graduation,”
said Kim Cook, Director of Community Relations and Volunteer Services,
who runs the program.
SLEP has made a lasting difference in the lives of students who were considered
at-risk youth because of learning challenges.
“Through the Structured Learning Experience Program, Newark Beth
Israel has provided internship opportunities for close to 150 special
needs students. Many of these students go on to careers in healthcare,
in fact one past graduate is a nurse at Newark Beth Israel and has since
received two awards for providing excellent patient care,” said
Darrell K. Terry, Sr., MHA, MPH, FACHE, President and CEO of Newark Beth
Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey.
The Structured Learning Experience Program (SLEP) is celebrating its 11th anniversary this year and is a 2016 NJBiz Healthcare Hero Award finalist.
The program was also honored by the Essex County and Newark Workforce
Development Boards’ Disability Issues Committee as an Employer Who
Champions Employment for People with Disabilities.
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center is a 665-bed regional care teaching hospital that provides comprehensive
health care. Newark Beth Israel is home to one of the nation’s top
ten heart transplant centers, RWJBarnabas Health’s Heart Failure
Treatment and Transplant Program; New Jersey’s only Advanced Lung
Disease and Transplant Program and a Valve Center that performs more cardiac
valve procedures, including minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve
replacements (TAVRs), than any other center in the state. The Newark Beth
Israel robotic surgery program is the most experienced in northern New
Jersey. The Frederick B. Cohen, MD, Cancer and Blood Disorders Center
and the new Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey Breast Health Center provide
seamless integration of cancer prevention, specialized care and treatment
options. Newark Beth Israel also offers many preventive health programs
that promote wellness in the community.
Contact: Patricia Mitrano