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Lt. Governor honors Salem's North Shore Medical Center for helping employees learn English

Posted by Justin Rice  September 22, 2011 10:26 AM

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Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray and Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Joanne F. Goldstein will honor 18 businesses this afternoon for their efforts to help employees learn English, including Salem’s North Shore Medical Center.

North Shore Medical Center, in partnership with Jewish Vocational Services, will be honored along with the other recipients at 1 p.m. today at the New American Center in Lynn.

As part of the English Works campaign, the award highlights the importance of immigrants to the economy of the state, where one in six workers is foreign-born. The program’s goal is also raises awareness about the shortage of affordable, high quality English language instruction by demonstrating how businesses and government have collaborated to solve the shortfall.

“North Shore Medical Center has been a model employer when it comes to a partnership in a workplace education program,” a press release for the event states. The Medical Center’s program began in May 2010 and will run for three years, thanks to a grant under the Learn at Work Program from Commonwealth Corporation. English classes for employees meet twice a week for two hours and run year-round.

“Students are eager to learn and incorporate their increased English communication skills,” the press release says. “Administrators from Human Resources, Support Services and Housekeeping worked tirelessly to assist with student recruitment and retention, attendance and the development of relevant curriculum.”

The awardees include:

1.    The Langham Hotel, Boston, in partnership with the YMCA International Learning Center

2.    Kripalu Center, Stockbridge, in partnership with So. Berkshire Educational Collaborative

3.    North Shore Medical Center, Salem, in partnership with Jewish Vocational Services (JVS)

4.    Harvard Bridge Program (Harvard Univ., SEIU 615, HUCTW, & UNITE HERE Local 26), Cambridge

5.    The MetroWest ESL Fund, Framingham

6.    Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries, Roxbury/Boston,in partnership with La AlianzaHispana

7.    Traditional Breads, Lynn, in partnership with Russian Community Association of MA

8.    Children’s Hospital, Boston, in partnership with JVS

9.    Notre Dame Health Care Center, Worcester,

10.    Mass General Hospital, Boston, in partnership with JVS

11.    South Cove Community Health Center, Chinatown/Boston, in partnership with Asian American Civic Association

12.    Lahey Clinic, Burlington

13.    Wrentham Developmental Center and AFSCME Local 646, Wrentham, in partnership with the Worker Education Program

14.    Melville Candy Corporation, Weymouth, in partnership with Massasoit Community College

15.    United Plastics Group, Inc., Chicopee, in partnership with Holyoke Works

16.    UMASS-Amherst Labor-Management Workplace Education Program, (UMass, AFSCME Local 1776, USA/MTA, PSU/MTA), Amherst

17.    Southwick Apparel LLC and UNITE HERE!, Haverhill, in partnership with Northern Essex Community College

18.    Christopher House of Worcester, Worcester
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