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Newark Beth Israel Medical Center Hosts Graduation Ceremony For Hire Newark: Employment Ready Boot Camp

06/07/2017

Unique job readiness program boasts 100 percent graduation rate and 95 percent employment rate; Mayor Ras J. Baraka delivers graduation address

(Newark, NJ) June 6, 2017 – Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and RWJBarnabas Health held a graduation ceremony for their third class of Hire Newark Employment Ready Boot Camp participants on Tuesday, June 6, at 11:00 a.m., at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center.

NBIMC Graduation Ceremony, Employment ready boot camp

Trevor Phillips, Sr. Manager, Special Projects, Office of the Mayor ; Milton Anderson, Chief Administrative Officer and EVP, Management Services Administration, RWJBarnabas Health (RWJBH); Darrell K. Terry, Sr., President and CEO of Newark Beth Israel and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey; Marc E. Berson Chair, Board of Trustees, Newark Beth Israel and Vice Chair, RWJBH; Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka; Atiya Jaha-Rashidi, RN, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Newark Beth Israel; Zach Lipner, VP and Chief Human Resources Officer, Newark Beth Israel; and Trina Parks, Senior VP, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, RWJBH pose for a photo with the third graduating class of Hire Newark Employment Ready Boot Camp participants. (photo courtesy Newark Beth Israel Medical Center)

This unique job readiness program, created by Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and RWJBarnabas Health in Partnership with Mayor Ras J. Baraka’s city-wide Centers of Hope initiative has had remarkable results.

The program began in 2016, 100 percent of all participants have graduated and 95 percent have remained employed; many are considered superstars by their managers.

The current graduating class consists of 20 Newark residents have been chronically unemployed and now have the skills to reenter the workforce; in fact 100 percent of the participants in this class have secured employment.

“The Hire Newark Employment Ready Boot Camp initiative goes beyond traditional health outreach, by providing these graduates with life skills and economic opportunities that will have a positive impact on their lives and the lives of their families,” said Darrell K. Terry, Sr., MHA, MPH, FACHE, President and CEO of Newark Beth Israel Medical Center.

“This extraordinarily successful program is one prototype for how we will be reducing unemployment with the launch of the Newark2020 jobs program at the end of June. I can’t thank the leaders of Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and RWJBarnabas Health enough for working with us to create this extremely effective initiative,” Mayor Baraka said.

Graduation speakers included Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Marc E. Berson, Vice Chair, Board of Trustees, RWJBarnabas Health, Chair Board of Trustees, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children's Hospital of New Jersey.

Hire Newark: Employment Ready Boot Camp is a unique five-week immersive job readiness program designed to prepare members of the Newark community for entry level positions with Newark-based employers. The program curriculum includes: social skills and presentation, management and employability, site visits to potential employers to assess organizational and/or industry culture, coaching and preparation. The program’s objectives are not only to provide skills and tools for Newark residents but to also provide the opportunity for participants to secure a job immediately upon completion. The program is part of Mayor Baraka’s city-wide Centers of Hope initiative to help transform the City of Newark.

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, Barnabas 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.

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