Center for
Economic Opportunity

We offer the training you need to take your career to the next level.

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Center for Economic Opportunity

The new JVS Center for Economic Opportunity is a “one-stop shop” where local job-seekers can receive valuable job skills training, professional career counseling and job search assistance, and help connecting to jobs that pay a living wage and offer opportunities for advancement in in-demand industries. Our staff works with local employers to identify open positions, assess their hiring needs, and then provide them with qualified, trained workers who are prepared to be successful in the workplace. By working with area businesses and prospective employees alike, JVS of MetroWest creates a win-win situation for everyone involved–and helps strengthen our local community in the process.


“I wanted more than a job—I wanted a career. The classes I took at JVS helped me build the skills I needed to find a new position in my dream industry. I know it’s just entry level, but it’s a start—and that’s very exciting.”

–Hector M., JVS Center for Economic Opportunity Student


Certified Production Technician/OSHA 30

The Certified Production Technician (CPT) training program provides the core knowledge and skills required to recognize, through certification, individuals who demonstrate mastery of the core competencies of advanced manufacturing production at the front-line (entry-level to front-line supervisor) through successful completion of the certification assessments. The goal of the CPT certification is to raise the level of performance of production technicians both to assist individuals in finding higher-wage jobs and to help employers ensure their workforce increases the company’s productivity and competitiveness.

The training covers the core competency areas that the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC) has determined will give workers the skills needed for positions across all production facilities. The CPT portion of the program consists of four parts:

  • Safety
  • Quality Practices and Measurement
  • Manufacturing Processes and Production
  • Maintenance Awareness

Supplemental to the CPT curriculum, the training also covers an OSHA 30-Hour General Industry course designed to educate workers on workplace and job-site safety. The OSHA course can benefit workers in the following fields:

  • Factory Operations
  • Manufacturing
  • Storage
  • Warehousing
  • And more

Upon successful completion of the training, individuals will be eligible for OSHA30 Certification.

For more information, please contact Tom DiCostanzo, Director of Business Development, by clicking here.

Microsoft Office Specialist: Word and Excel

The JVS Private Career School provides adult students with the skills required to become proficient in Microsoft Office Word 2013 and Microsoft Office Excel 2013—and prepares them to take the Microsoft Office Specialist Certification Exams for both products. The instructor-led class will also cover basic skills in Outlook 2013 and PowerPoint 2013. The 200-hour curriculum will cover the following topics:

  • Create and format documents, tables and worksheets
  • Insert images and artistic effects
  • Use formulas and functions to input data
  • Manage email and calendars
  • Create presentations
Costs to attend:
Tuition $2765
Text book fee $35
Total Cost $2,800


This class is WIOA eligible—please contact the following One Stop Career Centers for more information:

Essex County One Stop Career Center, 973-395-5936
Newark One Stop Career Center, 973-648-3370

For more information and to inquire about registering for our next class, please contact Lynn Sternstein at 862-704-2291 or


English as a Second Language (ESL)

The JVS Private Career School currently offers two levels of ESL classes: ESL High Beginner and ESL Low Intermediate. Each class provides 24 hours of instruction that focuses on the skills needed for daily living and work. Classes are practical in nature and student-centered to improve participants’ speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. Geared to the level of the class, the curriculum includes the following topics:

  • Everyday basic conversation
  • Completing forms
  • Going to the doctor and handling emergencies
  • Writing sentences, asking questions and following directions
  • Number sense
  • Understanding the culture of the American workplace

Participants will be tested using the BEST Literacy Test for class placement.

Classes start October 2018 (exact dates and times to be determined)

Jewish Vocational Service
354 Eisenhower Pkwy, Suite 2150
Livingston NJ 07039

Costs to attend:
Tuition $125
Administration fee $35
Text book fee $35
Total cost $195


For more information and to inquire about registering for our next class, please contact Lynn Sternstein at 862-704-2291 or