NEWARK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--CareerWorks: Greater Newark Workforce Funders Collaborative announced today that it has awarded a $40,000 grant to MONOC Mobile Health Services to train 24 Newark jobseekers to become Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs). CareerWorks and MONOC – the largest Emergency Medical Services employer in New Jersey and a leading EMS training provider – have partnered with Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, which will serve as both the training site for the course that begins today, as well as the provider of 10-hour internships required for state certification. CareerWorks will link those who acquire certification directly with employers who hire newly-certified EMTs, such as private ambulance companies.
“This is a unique opportunity. You simply can’t get EMT training currently in Newark that offers occupational training and a career pathway for Newark job seekers and then links them to employers who are hiring,” said Kathy Weaver, Vice President of Programs, Newark Alliance, the host organization of the CareerWorks initiative.
The Victoria Foundation, a CareerWorks funder, sponsors this pilot program. Other CareerWorks funders include the Prudential Foundation, JP Morgan Chase, Nicholson Foundation, Garfield Foundation and PNC Bank. CareerWorks, a regional collaborative, pools and leverages funders’ investments to seed innovative workforce solutions for adults who need short-term skills development and businesses in search of skilled healthcare workers.
“Service is an important part of our mission and vision at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey,” said, John A. Brennan, MD, MPH, President and Chief Executive Officer of Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey. “Our goal is to have healthier communities – through wellness and disease prevention and to be a beacon of hope and opportunity to the greater Newark community.”
The nine-week course, half of which is taught online, provides an entry point for a lucrative medical career that often leads to people becoming paramedics, nurses and even doctors. CareerWorks will partner with the Newark One-Stop Career Center and Newark Jobs Connect to help those who complete the program gain their New Jersey EMT certification bridge to employment.
CareerWorks creates employer-led or employer-centric “workforce partnerships,” a nationally recognized model advanced by the National Fund for Workforce Solutions, which aligns skills development and training to employers’ true career requirements. CareerWorks is the only NFWS collaborative in New Jersey and seeks to create a pipeline of EMT workers who are proficiently skilled and ready to serve the public in emergency medical situations.
“Elite Medical Transportation provides expert care and medical transportation to the communities we serve and currently is seeking dedicated, compassionate and talented individuals for our growing company,” said John Lotin, CEO, Chairman of the Board and Founder. “It’s invaluable to have access to EMTs who are work-ready with the skills, certification and compassion that we need. It’s time to move beyond the industry standard of learning about potential new hires via word of mouth.”
CareerWorks currently supports three other workforce partnerships in healthcare – one of New Jersey’s strongest sectors – and a Ford Motor certified automotive mechanics workforce partnership in support of the transportation, logistics and distribution industry.
CareerWorks: Greater Newark Workforce Funders Collaborative is the only regional collaborative of workforce investors in New Jersey of the award-winning National Fund for Workforce Solutions network of 30 collaboratives across the country. CareerWorks links and leverages public and private dollars as it taps businesses, civic, and philanthropic stakeholders to develop a sustainable workforce pipeline that advances low-skilled workers and growth industries in northern New Jersey. The Collaborative’s funders include The Prudential Foundation, Newark Alliance, Bergen County Workforce Investment Board (WIB), Garfield Foundation, Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group, Hudson County WIB, JP Morgan Chase, Kessler Foundation, National Fund for Workforce Solutions, Newark WIB/Newark Works, New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, The Nicholson Foundation, PNC Bank, United Way of Essex and West Hudson, Victoria Foundation, Walmart Foundation and Wells Fargo Foundation.
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, (NBIMC), a 673-bed regional care teaching hospital with more than 800 physicians, 3,000 employees and 100 volunteers with over 300,000 outpatient visits and 25,000 admissions annually. NBIMC is in the top three hospitals in the nation in the number of heart transplants with better than expected outcomes, has the only lung transplant program in New Jersey, and combined with Saint Barnabas Medical Center, both Barnabas Health affiliates, is third in the nation for kidney transplants, by volume.
MONOC Mobile Health Services is a non-profit hospital cooperative consisting of 15 acute care hospitals located throughout New Jersey. Formed in 1978 MONOC’s mission is to improve health care and reduce costs. MONOC Mobile Health Services is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS) and employs over 730 employees and operates a fleet of over 100 ambulances. Together this shared services consortium acts as a health care cooperative for these acute care hospitals and over 2.8 million residents that they serve living in more than 1,800 square miles of the Garden State. Among its numerous service lines, MONOC operates MICU Paramedic Services, Helicopter inter-facility and 911 services, Mobile Critical Care Services, and Basic Life Support inter-facility and 911 services. Additionally, MONOC operates a Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS) accredited education department which is the largest EMS education department in New Jersey providing continuing medical education to EMTs, Paramedics, Nurses, Police Officers, Fire Fighters and the general public.