Job Creation in New Jersey

A quarter of a million dollars was given to the Medical Assistant Program at Jersey City Medical Center. This means job creation - keeping ‘Jersey Strong’.

The School of Continuing and Professional Education at William Paterson University serves as the liaison to healthcare professionals and the regional community. Their partnership with the Greater Newark Alliance and ‘Careerworks,’ allows the opportunity for low-skilled workers to advance in their careers.

Yolanda Evgeniou, the Patient Care Tech Instructor at William Paterson University says, “In 2009, under the President Obama Administration, we were able to receive a quarter of a million dollars and that quarter of a million dollars went into our Continuing Education Department at William Paterson University. We were able to help students find employment in the healthcare field as Medical Assistants and Medical Billers. These programs are very expensive and they’re eligible to receive these grants and the training comes to this hospital. They’re trained here. They are also supervised in this hospital and when they complete their exam, they are eligible to work as emergency room technicians, labor and delivery technicians.”

"This has created a pipeline of Patient Care Technicians, specifically for Jersey City Medical Center. This has afforded us the opportunity to give those front-line workers to use the opportunity to come up,” says Lourdes Valdez, Manager of Education at RJW Barnabas Health. “We have an excellent tuition reimbursement program- which allows them to go further in their career. Whether it’s nursing, whether its ultrasound technology, whether it’s MRI. This is the great gateway that we have for healthcare.”

The students involved in this program complete their training in a six month period. Their grant is in partnership with the Greater Newark Alliance, which is where they receive their certification as registered Medical Assistants and Patient Care Technicians.

Vice President of RJW Barnabas Health, Mary Catuadella explains, “What I love about this grant is that we get to have front-line workers, perhaps workers that would never get another opportunity to have education, to have upward mobility, at Jersey City Medical Center. These are employees who are working full shifts, maybe have part time jobs, maybe have children at home, parents, and grandparents...Multiple tasks to do.”

According to a study on the New Jersey healthcare profession, it is the only industry that has generated more jobs in the state each year from 1990 through 2014. This grant-funded program enhances both the ‘quantity and quality’ of work in the healthcare occupation.

The President/CEO Of RWJ Barnabas Health, Joseph Scott explains, “One of the most gratifying things is not only the sense of accomplishment the employees get, because they’ve been able to take themselves from an environmental service worker to a Patient Care Technician. But also the real ability to see them grow within our organization. We’ve had people who have completed this program, who not only are PCTS, but now want to be nurses, or Emergency Medical Technicians, for the EMS provider in the area, so it’s the most gratifying to me as the President and CEO to see these folks have a career, and a growth opportunity, and for them to continue their education even further.”

On average, New Jersey employs about 1 health care worker for every 20 of its residents – and it has been projected that from 2012 through 2022, that another 89,000 health care jobs will be created.

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