Historic first day for new Jersey City charter school focused on healthcare field

via Patrick McGovern/Jersey Journal

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Students head to their homeroom after Principal Mary Jo Trusso-Sabbers welcomed them in an assembly in the gym during the opening day of Great Futures Charter High School in Jersey City on Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. Reena Rose Sibayan | The Jersey Journal

This morning 125 ninth-graders began a new chapter in education in Downtown Jersey City.

Wednesday was opening day for the Great Futures Charter High School for the Sciences, a joint effort of the Boys and Girls Club of Hudson County and Jersey City Medical Center-Barnabas Health.

“Our expectation for you is to be highly motivated,” Mary Jo Trusso-Sabbers, principal and chief academic officer of the school, told the students during an opening assembly.

The school is located at 225 Morris Blvd. Downtown in a new building that also is the new location of the Boys & Girls Club of Hudson County. By the time these freshmen are seniors, their will be 500 students attending the school, said Gary Greenberg, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Hudson County.

“This is a very exciting day,” Greenberg said. “So many people have worked so hard to make this happen.”

The new state-of-the-art building has science and technology labs, a music-recording studio, a learning kitchen, and new gymnasium, among other features.

“We want to make that difference,” said Lourdes Valdes, manager of employment, training, and development for Jersey City Medical Center-Barnabas Health. “We want to show them that healthcare can be exciting and that healthcare is filled with heroes.”

In addition to following a curriculum aligned with the common core state standards and New Jersey core curriculum content standards, students will have the opportunity to take courses in workplace certification programs in the health sciences.

When students graduate, according to Valdes, they will have gained certification as either an EMT or medical assistant.

“This is a great opportunity for us to work with the community,” said Robert Luckritz, director of EMS for Jersey City Medical Center- Barnabas Health. “This is the first step in a continuum of education that we at the hospital can provide.”

“This is a great example of JCMC caring for the community,” said Mary Cataudella, vice president of human resources for Jersey City Medical Center-Barnabas Health. “This is our future, right here.”

This afternoon the ribbon will be cut on the new Boys and Girls Club building, with a special appearance by the Yankees CC Sabathia.

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