April 7, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
RUTGERS HOLDS HEALTH CARE JOB FAIR TO KICK-OFF NEW JERSEY HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY WEEK: APRIL 7
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From left, Dr. Padma Arvind, director of the NJ Health Care Talent Network, joins Professor Susan J. Schurman, dean of Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations. Dean Schurman is the faculty director of the NJ Health Care Talent Network.
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey held today a free job fair, featuring more than 30 employers, to mark the start of the second annual New Jersey Health Care Industry Week. More than 300 people attended the event at the university’s Busch Campus Center to receive resources available for education and training in health care professions.
Held during National Public Health Week, the job fair marked the first in a series of activities this week to highlight career opportunities within New Jersey’s growing health care field, with a focus on bringing awareness to opportunities in behavioral health. New Jersey Health Care Industry Week is organized by the New Jersey Health Care Talent Network (NJ HCTN) in partnership with several of the state’s county colleges, hospitals, and development organizations.NJ HCTN is funded by the Department of Labor and Workforce Development through a grant to Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations.
“You do not need to have an M.D. or a Ph.D. to start working in the health care industry. There are many entry level jobs that require an undergraduate degree or GED,” says Padma Arvind, director of the New Jersey Health Care Talent Network. “People can start at the entry level and work their way up. There are many entry jobs like patient navigators, community health workers, and scribers that are in demand due to changes in demographics throughout the country as well as policy changes.”
New Jersey’s health care industry has added jobs to the state every year from 1990 through 2010. The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development projects that an additional 56,000 jobs will have been added in the health care industry between 2008 and 2018.
The job fair began with remarks from Dr. Robert Barchi, president of Rutgers University; Aaron Fichtner, deputy commissioner, Department of Labor and Workforce Development; Dr. Vasudev Maskhija, clinical professor at Seton Hall University; Jim Norris, director, community outreach at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School; and Dr. Susan J. Schurman, dean of Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relation;
"New Jersey’s expanding health care industry is a key component to the state’s economic growth and future prosperity,” said LWD Commissioner Harold J. Wirths. “As one of the priority industry sectors identified by our labor analysts, my department created the Health Care Talent Network to build strong connections with employers to identify the skills, education and training they need from prospective employees so that our education and training institutions can train and prepare our workforce for those emerging jobs.”
Employers included Carrier Clinic, Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services, Saint Peter’s University Hospital, and WebTeam Corporation. Health care career stations were provided to highlight the industry’s various mental health professions—from psychiatry and clinical social work to counseling and marriage and family therapy—and were attended by several leading industry professionals.
Free mental health screenings for bullying and depression were given to visitors, many of whom were high school and university students. Attendees watched a special performance from Arts Speak for Autism and as well as audio-visual presentation on the use of technology for special needs education by WebTeam Corporation.
Dr. Padma Arvind receives Gov. Chris Christie's proclamation for NJ Health Care Industry Week from New Jersey Deputy Commission Aaron Fichtner.
“We are proud to be a part of this very important event for New Jersey,” said Susan J. Schurman, dean of Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations, who serves as faculty director of the New Jersey Health Care Talent Network. “Our hope is that people will take advantage of the many opportunities presented throughout this week by our generous partners.”
Health Care Industry Week continues through Friday, April 11, 2014. The week’s schedule of events includes:
April 7 – Opening Day Ceremony at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
April 8 – Health Care Exploration Day at Camden County Community College
April 9 – Community Health Awareness Day at Salem Community College
April 10 – Behavioral Health Awareness & Career Pathways Day at Brookdale Community College , Education Conference for Direct Care/Support Workers at Middlesex County College, and Mental Health Panel at Georgian Court University
April 11 – Mental Health Panel at Georgian Court University continues
Go to hctn-nj.org/industry-week. for a full schedule of the week’s events.
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. NJ HCTN is funded by the Department of Labor and Workforce Development through a grant to Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations. For more information visit hctn-nj.org
Renée Walker, Director of Communications
Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations
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Rutgers held a free job fair, featuring more than 30 employers, to mark the start of the second annual NJ Health Care Industry Week. More than 300 people attended the Busch Campus Center to discover education and training in health care professions.