On May 17, Rebecca Shulman, Jewish Vocational Service of MetroWest’s senior program director, received a Distinguished Service award from Rutgers University School of Health Professions. The award is for people who have provided outstanding service to the school in the advancement of health professions education or practice; she received the award on behalf of her involvement with the Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling Profession. Ms. Shulman works to advance community employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
Ms. Shulman has a long history in the field; she worked for the New Jersey Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services for more than 30 years before she joined JVS. Through her work with Rutgers and at JVS, she has passed her knowledge on to the next generation of professional counselors who are entering the field. She supervises students in the program, hires many of the program’s graduates, and mentors them as they begin their careers. She also serves on the program’s Rehabilitation Counseling Advisory Committee, helping to shape the program to best prepare students for real life experiences.
Ms. Shulman has been instrumental in building JVS’s vocational rehabilitation department and guiding it through the pandemic when services became virtual. Under her leadership, JVS has helped countless adults with disabilities with all facets of career discovery and career readiness, including life skills, job placement, and long-term follow along. The department operates out of JVS’s Montclair facility.
She also is a member of the executive committee of the Essex County Workforce Development Board, chair of the Essex/Newark WDB Disability Issues Committee, and a member of the New Jersey State Rehabilitation Council.
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