JVS plans gala fundraiser for its programs

JVS plans gala fundraiser for its programs

Jewish Vocational Service of MetroWest will hold its annual fundraiser, “Taste & Toast,” returning this year in person, at the Green Brook Country Club on May 8 at 5:30 p.m. Ira Robbins and Valley Bank, and Rob Francis and Planned Companies are the honorees. Tom Iadanza, the president of Valley Bank, and Michael Goldberg, the president of Goldberg Realty Associates, are the evening’s cochairs. For more information on the gala, go to www.jvsnj.org/taste-toast-2023.

Last month, students from JVS’s pilot ESL+Pharmacy Technician Training program gathered for a multicultural feast to celebrate the completion of the first part of their training — an intensive English as a Second Language class that introduced them to pharmacy-related vocabulary. The class, taught by Samuel Kleinplatz, also included a trip to a local pharmacy and a restaurant.

Students brought in food from their home countries — Syria, Peru, Bolivia, Morocco, Haiti, and Nigeria.

The class has now begun the Certified Pharmacy Technician curriculum, which will be taught at a slightly slower pace than the JVS’s program for fluent English speakers.

In addition to the training specifically related to becoming a pharmacy technician, JVS staff also work with the students to develop life and career skills, including résumé development, time management, and financial literacy. An externship at a local CVS Pharmacy is part of the curriculum.

JVS concurrently is running a pharmacy technician class for students for whom English is the primary language and/or who are fluent in English. The class will graduate in May. Recruitment is underway for a virtual pharmacy technician cohort and for a Certified Home Health Aide program. For more information, call (973) 674-6330 or email info@jvsnj.org. The ESL+Pharmacy Technician program is funded by the New Jersey Department of Labor.

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