April 2, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
EDITOR’S NOTE: Press is invited to attend the opening ceremony’s keynote addresses on April 8, 2013 at 8:30 a.m. in Rutgers Student Center. Questions will be taken after speeches and can be addressed to Aaron Fichtner, Susan Schurman, and Padma Arvind. Please contact Renée Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org or 848-445-7582. Download a pdf of this release.
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – The health care sector in New Jersey is steadily growing and has added 171,100 new jobs from 1990 through 2011, while all other private sector employment had a net increase of only 6,800 jobs. It is projected that nearly 62,000 jobs will be added from 2010 through 2020, according to the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
In an effort to ensure that New Jersey residents have access to training and educational opportunities in health care, New Jersey Health Care Talent Network, Rutgers University’s School of Management and Labor Relations, the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, and several of the state’s leading community colleges and medical institutions are hosting New Jersey Health Care Industry Week on April 8-12, 2013. The opening ceremony will be held on April 8 at Rutgers Student Center.
"The New Jersey Health Care Talent Network and our partners are opening the doorway to this growing industry. We want to connect jobseekers to the places where they can be educated, trained, and employed in health care,” says Padma Arvind, director of the New Jersey Health Care Talent Network.
New Jersey Health Care Industry Week’s opening ceremony will be led by Professor Susan J. Schurman, dean of Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations, and include keynote addresses by:
Mary O’Dowd, Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Health
Aaron R. Fichtner, Ph.D., Deputy Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Developments
Denise V. Rodgers, M.D., FAAFP, president (interim), University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey
Meena Murthy, M.D. chief endocrinologist, Saint Peter’s University Hospital
Attendees will gain current information on industry trends and employment options from more than 30 vendors, network with leading industry professionals, and meet New Jersey Health Care Industry Week’s partners.In addition, visitors will have the opportunity to tour an informative and interactive medical village where they can get free fitness screenings and view the latest technology in the field, courtesy of Saint Peter’s University Hospital. While in the university hospital’s medical village, visitors will also learn about opportunities in: laboratory services, nursing, pharmacy, respiratory services, sports physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech/audiology therapy, social work, and nutrition.
New Jersey Health Care Industry Week partners will host regional events throughout the state, where they will provide information on industry specific sub-sectors. All events are free of cost. Partners include: Brookdale Community College, Essex County College, Hudson County Community College, Middlesex County Academy for Allied Health and Biomedical Sciences, New Jersey Health Care Talent Network, Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations, State of New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Salem Community College, and Saint Peter’s University Hospital.
The week’s schedule of events includes:
April 8 – Opening Day Ceremony at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
April 9 – Workplace Stress and Awareness Day at Hudson County Community College and Middlesex County Academy for Allied Health and Biomedical Sciences
April 10 – Health Care Career Pathways Day at Brookdale Community College
April 11 – Public Health Day at Salem Community College
April 12 – Allied Health Care Awareness Day at Essex County College
A full schedule of week-long activities is available atwww.hctn-nj.org.
New Jersey Health Care Talent Network (NJ HCTN)’s mission is to serve as a comprehensive resource for employers, individual jobseekers, and education and workforce development providers in a key sector of New Jersey’s economy—health care. NJ HCTN is one of the state’s six talent networks, established to focus on the specific needs of key industries in New Jersey. The talent networks connect employers, job seekers, the state’s One-Stop Career Centers, and educational institutions to achieve the common goal of helping current job seekers develop relevant skills that lead to job opportunities, helping employers find qualified employees, and ensuring that New Jerseyans have access to training and educational opportunities that lead to the jobs of the future. NJ HCTN is funded by The State of New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development and housed at Rutgers University’s School of Management and Labor Relations. For more information visit www.hctn-nj.org.
Rutgers' School of Management and Labor Relationsis the leading source of expertise on the world of work, building effective and sustainable organizations, and the changing employment relationship. The school is comprised of two departments—one focused on all aspects of strategic human resource management and the other dedicated to the social science specialties related to labor studies and employment relations. In addition, SMLR provides many continuing education and certificate programs taught by world-class researchers and expert practitioners. For more information on the school, visit http://smlr.rutgers.edu.
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