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Boston Healthcare Jobs Grow through New Center

Posted on March 11, 2009

A new learning facility will help those with Boston healthcare jobs further their careers.

The Healthcare Training Institute, located in The Community Training Center, four community classrooms in the Longwood Medical Area, recently opened in a medical research and office space owned by BioMed Realty Trust. Under a joint agreement, the classroom space was furnished by Berry Construction.

The facility will use major healthcare employers in the area, two community colleges and community-based organizations to provide more than 500 employees and residents each year with services, including workplace education, college transition, student support/coaching, pre-employment and career advancement.

The facility will allow community groups from Mission Hill, the Fenway, Jamaica Plain and Roxbury to have access to the area for education and training classes. The training will allow many to prepare for careers in the medical research and healthcare indusry.

“I’m proud that this innovative partnership will provide many more residents in the City of Boston with the educational and training opportunities needed for a career in the healthcare industry,” Mayor Thomas M. Menino said in a press release. “The space’s prime location in the Longwood Medical Area allows students from outside of the area to experience Boston’s healthcare industry, while also providing local institutions classroom space for employee training.”

Jewish Vocational Service
and Sociedad Latina, already have plans to use the new facility. Sociedad Latina will use the center to host its career exploration program for high school students.

JVS received $1.5 million to operate a Healthcare Training Institute from SkillWorks. The public and private funding collaborative includes local and national foundations, as well as the city’s Neighborhood Jobs Trust. The grant helps serve those with entry-level healthcare jobs looking to gain new skills and advance in the field.

“JVS is thrilled to be partnering with the City of Boston, Skillworks, and health care employers on this important new effort to train entry level workers for higher wage jobs through more developed skills in the health care field,” JVS President Jerry Rubin said in the press release.

“We welcome this ongoing investment in new training space and training by Longwood health care employers and community colleges as a bright spot in tough economic times,” Rubin added. “This creative linkage is a winner for all the partners and will help provide skilled labor for one of the few growing sectors in our economy