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
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.