Category: Geriatrics Career Development
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Expanding Its Reach: SkillSpring Program Extended to Competing Nursing Homes After 17 Years of Success

The SkillSpring program, initiated in 2006 by The New Jewish Home in New York to address workforce shortages in long-term care, is expanding its reach to assist in-state competitors. Originally designed to offer a career path in nursing for financially insecure young adults, the program has successfully expanded to other facilities in the state, including a recent pilot program at the Isabella Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing Care in Washington Heights. This pilot program graduated 14 students who are expected to pursue careers as certified nursing assistants. By the start of 2023, over 150 SkillSpring alumni had been hired, with more than 90% either employed or pursuing higher education.

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The New Jewish Home Honors Graduates from Isabella Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation and Hebrew Home at Riverdale by RiverSpring Living as SkillSpring Program Expands

On December 19, The New Jewish Home hosted a ceremony at its Manhattan Campus honoring the first graduating class of SkillSpring Young Adult Program participants at Metropolitan Jewish Health’s (MJHS) Isabella Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing Care in Washington Heights, along with graduates from the program’s Hebrew Home at Riverdale by RiverSpring Living’s class in the Bronx.

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Senator Gillibrand visits our Geriatrics Career Development (GCD) Program!

We were delighted to host Senator Kirsten Gillibrand at our Manhattan campus to meet with students and alumni of our Geriatrics Career Development (GCD) Program! We’re proud to serve hundreds of NYC youth each year. Expanding GCD would help even more young people throughout New York State and beyond pursue rewarding careers and help alleviate the health care workforce shortage. We sincerely thank Senator Gillibrand for taking the time to learn more about GCD and engage with our participants, staff and older adult residents.

The New Jewish Home’s SkillSpring program (formerly known as Geriatrics Career Development program) has helped teens and young adults in New York City pursue careers in health care since 2006. Program participants are immersed in long-term care settings and provide more than 8,000 hours of companionship and clinical care to older adults each year.

Alumni from our GCD programs have access to resources from our Workforce program to help them meet academic and career goals. Learn more about our high school program for teens and our young adult program.

Finding Her Career Passion after Taking a Chance on a New Internship

Darlene wasn’t sure what to expect, but she decided to take a chance on a new internship program at The New Jewish Home, which ended up opening the door to a fulfilling nursing career.

Fifteen years ago, a high school student named Darlene Corporan accepted an invitation to participate in what was then a new internship program at The New Jewish Home. That decision that led to a career she loves, in a workplace that truly feels like home.

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