RN classes starting in January at Eastwick College

The LPN to RN bridge program is approved by the NJ Board of Nursing and can be completed in as little as 18 months

Starting in January of next year, Eastwick College will once again be offering a registered nursing (RN) associate degree program after receiving approval from The New Jersey Board of Nursing earlier this month.

The college has started accepting applications for the LPN to RN Bridge program, and is anticipating it to fill up quickly due to limited seating available and the career’s popularity.

“There are a surprisingly limited number of programs in the state that offer accessible, affordable RN training,” explains President Thomas M. Eastwick. “We’re proud to help meet this demand with our registered nursing degree, which features a focused curriculum and flexible scheduling that allows students to complete the program in as little as 18 months.”

In recent years, registered nursing saw historic levels of job growth, and the demand for professionals in this field continues to be grow, with an increase of 439,300 new jobs expected by 2024 – more than twice the national average for all occupations – and an average annual income of $86,410 in the NY/NJ Metro Area according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

Registered nurses play an essential role in promoting the health and wellness of a patient, helping physicians provide preventative care to healthy patients and treatment for patients suffering from various medical conditions. They administer medication, monitor patient recovery and progress, and educate patients and their families on treatments and preventing disease. More experienced RNs may be responsible for performing patient diagnosis and case management. For many, becoming a registered nurse serves as the first step toward a career in healthcare administration or nursing education.

The registered nursing degree program follows a long history of medical education and training at Eastwick College. In 2014, it became the first private sector college in the state to offer an associate degree in occupational therapy assisting (OTA), which has become one of the college’s most successful programs, earning accreditation from the prestigious Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). And as of earlier this year, the college has earned CAAHEP accreditation for three of its programs: cardiovascular sonography at Eastwick College Ramsey and Nutley, and surgical technology in Eastwick College Ramsey.

“We’ve earned a large amount of respect among healthcare organizations in the area thanks to the specialized medical programs we’ve developed and our unique training methods,” explains President Eastwick. “Our students learn in hands-on lab classroom environments, with a curriculum that is focused on the skills and procedures they will need to know in their new careers. As a result, our graduates are frequently praised by employers for being some of their most confident and best prepared new employees.”

To learn more about Eastwick College and its registered nursing (RN) associate degree, visit: www.eastwick.edu/RN or call 201-327-8877.

Running Low On Nurses, Medical Professionals

If you’re looking to make a career change, you might want to start thinking about how you’d look in a pair of medical scrubs.

By 2024, 2.3 million new jobs are expected in healthcare, according to recent figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics: that’s nearly one in four of every new job opening in the next eight years. At the same time, employers are reporting difficulty finding enough qualified applicants for these jobs. This all adds up to a historic healthcare professional shortage.

Medical colleges in particular have their eye on this trend, as they are likely to see demand for their programs increase in the coming years as more people realize the value a medical education will have in the coming years. This is especially true locally, where there are a limited number of medical schools within a reasonable driving distance for many, which could see waitlists for class seats.

“We’re certainly expecting to see a big jump in applications and potentially longer waitlists for classes,” explains Thomas M. Eastwick, President of Eastwick College. “We’re one of the few medical colleges in the area that guarantees clinical rotations to our medical students, which makes us an especially popular option as clinicals are critical to actually starting a career in the field.”

Of course, shortages in healthcare are nothing new. The U.S. healthcare system has been experiencing them for the past decades to varying degrees. But the shortage just over the horizon is likely to be of an unprecedented magnitude. Researchers at Vanderbilt University wrote in a 2009 paper that the 2025 nursing deficit would be more than twice as large as any shortage experienced since the introduction of Medicare and Medicaid in the mid-1960s.

So what is causing this shortage? One major factor: there are more people, and more of those people are reaching old age. The U.S. Census Bureau predicts that the total population will have grown by 50 million between 2006 and 2025. And the number of elderly is also increasing: 70 million residents, or 20 percent, will be 65 or older by 2030. In fact, there are more Americans over the age of 65 today than at any other time in U.S. history. This has a significant impact on the healthcare system, as that demographic uses twice as many physician resources as those under 65. In addition, many nurses and healthcare professionals are aging as well, with more than 500,000 nurses projected to retire or leave the labor force by 2022.

For patients, this might mean longer waiting times for appointments, shorter time spent with physicians, and higher costs. But for those that choose to pursue a position in healthcare, the shortage is also an incredible opportunity to not only help stem these negative impacts, but also build a secure, fulfilling career in the process. A study by AMN healthcare in 2013 found that nearly two-thirds of all hospital executives said that they will need more nurses at their facilities and half said they expect to increase the number of nurse practitioners in the next six months. And this increase in opportunities isn’t limited to just nurses: the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that new jobs for occupational therapy assistants will increase by more than six times the national average for all occupations, an incredible spike in demand. And they also report significant increases for other medical professions, such as medical assisting, surgical technology, and sonography. Again, one of the biggest factors for job seekers won’t be finding a medical career that’s in demand, but a school in the area that offers it.

“We were the first to develop an occupational therapy assistant degree in the state, and we’re still only one of only two schools in the area that offer it. Many of our other medical programs are unique for the area as well, whether that’s in the certifications our students can sit for or the accreditations that back up the curriculum,” adds President Eastwick. “There really aren’t all that many medical schools in the area that offer the level of training and education that employers expect and that we provide.”

For more information on the job outlook for specific healthcare careers you can visit the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics “Occupational Outlook Handbook.” Eastwick College offers a wide range of medical programs at its campuses – located in Ramsey, Hackensack, and Nutley – including licensed practical nursing (LPN), registered nurse (RN), cardiovascular sonography, surgical technology, occupational therapy assistant (OTA), medical assisting, medical billing and coding, and health science. To learn more about Eastwick College and the unique medical programs it offers, visit eastwick.edu.

Eastwick College Raises $30,000 to Fight Local Hunger

Helping feed the hungry might not sound like something you’d see in a college’s curriculum, but it certainly feels that way at Eastwick College in Ramsey, NJ. The college recently announced they had raised a total of $30,000 to fight local hunger, surpassing last year’s record of $25,000 to the cause thanks to the fundraising efforts of the students, staff, and faculty.

According to Feeding America, which is affiliated with the Community Food Bank of New Jersey, every dollar raised provides 20 meals for those in need, highlighting  just how important every donation is to local food banks. It is with this in mind that President Thomas M. Eastwick matches every dollar raised for this initiative through his Eastwick Foundation, the non-profit entity through which the college’s fundraising is organized.

“Given the impact that these funds will have, making sure that someone doesn’t go hungry, $30,000 will go a long way and I couldn’t be prouder of everyone at the college for the hard work and dedication they put in to reach this goal,” President Eastwick explains. “I hope we see an even more successful fundraising campaign in 2016.”

Community action plays a big part in the student culture at Eastwick College, thanks in part to the philanthropic vision and investment of President Eastwick, who was named Humanitarian of the Year by the Mahwah Regional Chamber of Commerce in 2013. Starting the college in 1985, he set out to build a school that would be more than just another business in town. Instead, he envisioned it as an active member of the community, attending and contributing to local events, forming connections with the residents and encouraging its student populace to the same.

One of the more unique ways that it does this is through hands-on charity services that allow students to practice their new skills while helping others. In Hackensack, nursing students provide free blood pressure screenings for local residents at town events, and in Ramsey, health science students help those in need to plan and buy healthy meals. Students also assist with blood drives, raise funds for organizations like Smile Train and the American Heart Association, volunteer for local community outreach programs such as “Lighten Up Ramsey” that helps track residents’ diet and exercise achievements to reach collective goals set by the town, and support local organizations directly such as The Forum School, an educational facility for children who are developmentally atypical, where students helped set up and install a sensory garden and assist with a recreational climbing program.

A unique donor-based scholarship program is also offered through the Eastwick Foundation, which helps ease the cost of a college education by providing partial to full scholarships for programs at the college through donations from corporations and individuals. The scholarships are open to all high school graduates, and are awarded on merit and evaluation of a written scholarship exam.

In addition, the Eastwick Foundation has partnered with the Good JuJu Project, a not-for-profit preschool program in Negril, Jamaica that assists families in need with their children’s preparation before entering elementary school through our affiliated Good JuJu Project. For many children, this can help ensure that they get on the path to a comprehensive education and lead to greater opportunities for them later in life.

If you’d like to learn more about how you can help with Eastwick’s campaign to fight local hunger, you can visit The Eastwick Foundation online at eastwickfoundation.org. You can also call one of the campuses or visit eastwick.edu for more general information on the college and the programs that it offers. Eastwick College offers a wide range of degrees and accelerated certificates for careers in healthcare, trades, technology, and business, including licensed practical nursing (LPN), occupational therapy assistant (OTA), cardiovascular sonography, electrician apprenticeship, computer/electronics, and business and hospitality.

Free training, employment for Paterson residents

Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres, today announced the city’s new workforce development project, the “Paterson On-Job Training Program” for Paterson residents who are currently unemployed.

“The Paterson ‘On Job’ training program is an innovative partnership with the HoHoKus School of Trade and offers our residents with the opportunity to receive training, at no cost, in construction careers,” said Mayor Torres.  “It offers hands-on education in specialized, well-remunerated fields for our communities currently in need of employment.”

Eligible high school graduates may apply to train at the HoHoKus School of Trades tuition-free and learn carpentry, plumbing, welding and electrical skills.  Students will attend school three days a week and then work two days full time for the City of Paterson utilizing the skills they’ve learned.

“It’s an innovative venture on the part of The HoHoKus School of Trade, which has a strong history of providing training opportunities for those in need,” said William McKoy, Paterson Municipal Council President.

In previous years the HoHoKus School of Trades has partnered with the Department of Labor to provide tuition-free training in building maintenance and certification through The Building Performance Institute (BPI). The school has become well-known in the area for its popular programs in electrical and plumbing apprenticeships, welding, building maintenance, and construction technology, which can be completed in as little as six months.

“It’s an incredible opportunity for the people of Paterson,” said Thomas M. Eastwick, the president of Eastwick College and the HoHoKus School, “residents that could not afford education otherwise will be able to train for successful careers in the trade field.”

All Paterson residents who are in need of employment training may apply for this grant, but must have a high school diploma or GED, and pass a reading comprehension exam.  In addition, residents must take a drug test and be drug free to obtain this grant opportunity.

For more information contact the HoHoKus School of Trade at (973) 742-0009 or visit hohokus.edu/info.

New Local Culinary Degree Program a Recipe for Success

With shows like Top Chef, Good Eats and Cupcake Wars more popular than ever before, and the rise of foodie blogs on sites like Pinterest and tumblr, it’s clear that culinary has come to mean more than just standing over the stove. It’s become something of an art, a passion and a calling, that involves preparation, presentation and a little pizzazz.

And Eastwick College has announced a new program that uses this unique approach to help students make masterpieces in the kitchen.

The 18-month culinary arts program, offered at Eastwick College’s Hackensack campus, is a complete associate’s degree path of study, unlike many of the certificate programs offered in the area. It features a state-of-the-art cooking facility designed by executive chef for the renowned international restaurants Carmine’s and Virgil’s, Glen Rolnick, and the program’s chef professor, Frank Acurso, head baker of the Wyckoff Bakery.

And if you needed any more incentive to check out the program, the college is offering up to $3000 in book scholarships for those that enroll in the program by August 3.

Students learn a wide range of cuisines, from French and Chinese to Traditional American, but there’s more to the program than just cooking a delicious dish. They also study all facets of food service operations, including bar management, facilities design, nutrition, and event/menu planning.

“What makes our new culinary degree so different is it’s built from the ground up, utilizing a specialized kitchen classroom fitted with the modern equipment, and a curriculum focused on the latest trends in the food service industry. What this means is our students will graduate with a versatile set of skills to pursue a wider range of career opportunities,” explains director of the program, Pat Romero. “As this field continues to grow and change rapidly, this will be especially valuable.”

And the culinary field is growing, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicting 205,300 new jobs for cooks by 2022, for example. This includes culinary jobs for cooks and chefs in full-service restaurants, fast food cooks, and cafeteria cooks. But some areas of the culinary industry will likely expand at an even faster rate. As interest in healthy eating increases, so does the demand for natural food preparation. There is also a growing need for nutritional consultants who provide dietary information for institutions that prepare food on a large scale, including hospitals and schools.

Graduates of the culinary arts degree at Eastwick College – Hackensack are prepared for entry-level opportunities including prep cooks, line cooks, station chefs, and bartenders. With experience, these opportunities may lead them to positions as chefs, sous-chefs, pastry chefs, executive chefs, food service managers, and careers in restaurant management and ownership.

Graduates of the program are also able to sit for certifications in the following: ServSafe Manager Safe Food Handling, ServSafe Alcohol Service, Allergen Awareness, and OSHA Compliance.

To learn more about the culinary program offered by Eastwick College – Hackensack, call 201-488-9400, visit eastwick.edu/culinary or stop by the campus at 250 Moore Street, Hackensack, NJ for a tour of the brand new kitchen facilities where students hone their skills.

Apprenticeship Program for Prospective Plumbers

Did you know that plumbing is one of the best-paid skills jobs in the market right now? With a median wage of $49,140 in 2012, and the top ten percent earning more than $84,440, it’s a field that is becoming increasingly appealing for people looking to make a career change. Despite a job market plagued with unemployment woes, plumbing is surging ahead with over 100,000 new jobs in the field expected in the next six years.

In fact, job growth in the field is almost double the national average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, thanks in part to new building construction and stricter water efficiency standards for plumbing systems, and a significant number of plumbers expected to retire in the next 10 years.

If all of this has you considering a career in plumbing, you should give HoHoKus School of Trade in Paterson a call. The trade school has developed a unique plumbing program to meet the high demand in plumbing, recently adding over 12,000 square feet of hands-on training classroom space.

The fully-accredited program prepares students for a career in both residential and light commercial plumbing, training them to install, repair and troubleshoot equipment, with classroom instruction in blueprint reading, joining, soldering, and building code procedures. Students are trained in the installation and maintenance of plumbing fixtures, drainage, vent, and waste systems, and hot water and radiant heating systems, following OSHA standards for safety and building codes.

But what has really set the program apart from others in the area is the valuable apprenticeship component: graduates of the plumbing program at HoHoKus- Trades earn the equivalent of one full year’s apprenticeship experience, with graduates recognized by the New Jersey Association of Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling Contractors (NJPHCC).

This provides a unique advantage to those looking to start a career in plumbing, explains campus director and vice president of Eastwick Education, Alan Concha.

“In many skilled trades, plumbing included, apprenticeship training is an essential step to becoming licensed. The advantage of our plumber apprenticeship program is that it effectively provides a comprehensive trade school education and career experience at the same time. That way, when you graduate you already have one-year of apprenticeship experience under your belt, and that looks great to employers.”

“If you enjoy working with your hands, are able to conceptualize the flow of liquids, and can read and follow required codes, you would be a great fit for a career in plumbing and pipefitting,” adds Concha.

For more information, visit the HoHoKus School of Trade and Technical Sciences located at 634 Market Street in Paterson, call 800-646-WELD, or learn more about the unique program online at: http://www.eastwick.edu/info.

New Bachelor’s, Culinary Arts Degree, for Eastwick College’s 30th

It was the big three-oh for Eastwick College this past week, with the college celebrating its 30th anniversary on June 30. Thirty years has seen a number of milestones for Eastwick as it has grown from a little secretarial school with only 32 students to the very first private sector school owned by a NJ corporation to receive degree-granting approval from the NJ Commission on Higher Education, offering degrees and diplomas in 25 different curriculums.

Now Eastwick College is adding two new milestones just in time for its 30th anniversary, offering both a new bachelor’s degree option for its popular cardiovascular sonography program, and a unique culinary arts degree path of study that already is receiving a lot of interest from prospective students.

“It’s a great time to start a new direction at Eastwick College. The additions to our curriculum are available for the first time this summer, with classes starting August 3rd, explains President Thomas M. Eastwick. “Expanding the college’s mission to offer a bachelors’ degrees really is a dream come true, and we expect the culinary arts program will fill a unique and growing demand in the hospitality industry that has largely gone unmet by many other schools in the area.”

In fact, Eastwick College has had an almost clairvoyant track record, with President Eastwick and the board of trustees developing new, targeted curriculum just ahead of historic demand peaks. This is perhaps most evident with their occupational therapy assisting program, the first of its kind in the state, as OTA is now one of the 20 highest paid occupations for those with an associate degree and has a job growth rate double the national average according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

The addition of a bachelor’s degree option to Eastwick’s cardiovascular sonography program is set to boost enrollment for what is already one of the college’s most successful programs, largely due to the growing value of advanced degrees for medical staff at the nation’s most renowned, or “Magnet,” hospitals. These Magnet hospitals are named partly for their ability to attract some of the best educated medical staff, and as a result, a bachelor’s degree can greatly improve job opportunities at these prestigious locations.

If you don’t have the heart for scanning hearts in the ultrasound lab, you might prefer a career in the kitchen through the new culinary arts degree at Eastwick College – Hackensack. It features a focused curriculum and state-of-the-art cooking facility designed by head chef for the renowned New York City restaurants Carmine’s and Virgil’s, Glen Rolnick, and head baker of the Wyckoff Bakery, Frank Acurso.  Students will study a wide range of cuisines in the culinary program, which includes an integrated food science component, baking of pastries and deserts, and a special catering and hospitality module.

“We maintain a close relationship with local employers, keeping tabs on what they’re looking for in an ideal employee,” explains Executive Vice President Dr. Rafael Castilla, who oversees the development of new curriculums. “It’s why we pursued and achieved approval from CAAHEP (The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs) for our cardiovascular sonography and surgical technology programs, a highly-valued certification in both fields, and ACOTE (Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education) for our OTA program. Based on employer feedback and our own research, we feel very confident our newest additions will also provide significant career advantages for our graduates.”

Classes at Eastwick College and the HoHoKus School will be starting August 3. If you’re interested in learning more about the new programs offered by Eastwick College, or their other unique paths of study, visit http://www.eastwick.edu or call one of their four campuses. Ramsey: 201-327-8877, Hackensack: 201-488-9400, Nutley: 973-661-0600, Paterson: 800-646-WELD.

Eastwick Foundation Raises $25,000 for Local Food Banks

More than one in eight adults in New Jersey face serious food hardship according to US Census data, and the rate is even higher for children. That’s why Mr. Thomas M. Eastwick, president of Eastwick Education, has made combatting local hunger in Bergen County and its surrounding communities one of the primary goals of his Eastwick Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization that provides donations and scholarships for a long list of worthy causes in the state, the country and even abroad.

To illustrate just how far donations can go towards local families in need, Mr. Eastwick gave each attendee a $5 bill at a recent award ceremony, representing the minimum daily cost to feed a family of four for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Mr. Eastwick asked the attendees to make a choice: keep the money or return it for collection for the cause. This demonstration had an enormous impact on those in attendance: through the donations raised at the event and an additional contribution from the Eastwick Foundation, Mr. Eastwick raised a total $25,000 to five local food banks that night.

According to Feeding America, which is affiliated with the Community Food Bank of New Jersey, every dollar raised provides 20 meals for those in need, highlighting  just how important every donation is to local food banks. It is with this in mind that Mr. Eastwick is proud to be a part of the campaign to provide food to those in need, matching every dollar raised for this initiative through the Eastwick Foundation.

For more information on the Eastwick Foundation, the causes it supports, some of its prestigious donors, and how you can contribute, visit http://www.eastwickfoundation.org.

Education that Enhances Entrepreneurial Skills

Behind every great company or product is an entrepreneur with a vision. With that in mind, Eastwick College has announced a new business entrepreneurship degree program at their Ramsey and Hackensack campuses to help business-oriented students start their own company or run an existing business.

In just 18 months, students in Eastwick College’s entrepreneurship degree receive the knowledge and training they need to pursue their goals and start a career in a variety of in-demand professions, with graduates having the option to apply for licensing examinations in real estate and insurance sales with the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance. In addition, they can pursue an optional personal training component offered through the program.

“When we first started Eastwick College almost 30 years ago, it was my business training, experience in education, real estate, and an entrepreneurial spirit that provided me with the inspiration to develop a new, valuable source of higher education in the New York tri-state area,” explains President Eastwick. “I hope to provide this same motivation to other business students with our new entrepreneurship program, which will help them build the skills they need to succeed in their ventures.”

There are a significant number of valuable career opportunities for entrepreneurs and small businesses, according to some of the latest figures by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. They report that from mid-2009 to 2011, small firms (under 500 employees) accounted for 67 percent of new jobs created, with an average of 543,000 new businesses created each month in 2011. In fact, entrepreneurship has been on the rise since 2008.

“Given how quickly this program can be completed, it truly is a unique opportunity for those looking to start a career in business or build on their existing skills. It covers many skill areas, allowing graduates to take their training and apply it to a variety of different career paths.”

The curriculum provides a strong foundation in business functions that are key to building and managing new ventures or building on an existing family business, including management, human resources, marketing, business law, accounting and communications.

Eastwick College also offers training healthcare, trades and technology, with campuses located in Ramsey, Hackensack, Nutley and Paterson.

For more information on the new business entrepreneurship degree or any other program, call 201-488-9400 or visit http://www.eastwick.edu/info.