On Monday, April 25, Quincy College welcomed its first cohort of students from Jewish Vocational Service (JVS) enrolled in the college’s Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) training program.

“We’re excited to be expanding our partnership with Jewish Vocational Service to now include opportunities for students to study and train for careers in the health care sector as Certified Nursing Assistants,” said Dr. Richard DeCristofaro, President of Quincy College.

According to its website, JVS’ mission is to “empower individuals from diverse communities to find employment and build careers, while partnering with employers to hire, develop, and retain productive workforces.” JVS was founded in 1938 to assist thousands of immigrants coming to America who were struggling amidst the economic turmoil of during the Great Depression. Today, JVS empowers over 11,000 individuals through a wide range of employment related services. Their customers represent over 118 nations, speak 72 languages, and live in 97 cities & neighborhoods around Boston.

Upon completion of the course (which is offered free of charge to JVS students and includes clinical hours offered at BaneCare Management skilled nursing facilities) students are eligible to take the state CNA exam and enter the workforce.

Quincy College’s CNA program features a 100 percent job placement rate.

“This current cohort of JVS students is the first of many that will have an opportunity to use their Quincy College education as a pathway to meaningful employment in a field where jobs are readily available,” said DeCristofaro.