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Orleans Technical College, a program of JEVS Human Services, announces new Practical Nursing Program

The program beginning this Fall, will train students in the Philadelphia region to become Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) and help fuel a diverse pipeline for the booming healthcare industry 


Philadelphia, PA (June 10, 2024) Orleans Technical College, a program of JEVS Human Services, has announced the launch of a new Practical Nursing (PN) program that will connect students to viable career opportunities and economic mobility, with the help of employer partners including:   

  • Fox Subacute 
  • Holy Redeemer 
  • Jefferson Einstein 
  • Oakwood Nursing  
  • Public Health Management Corporation  
  • SageLife 

The courses to be held at Orleans Technical College, located in Northeast Philadelphia, can be completed in a year, and combine classroom, laboratory, and clinical experiences.  

The timing of this new healthcare program is essential, as healthcare and Licensed Practical Nurse jobs are the fastest growing occupations in the Philadelphia region and expected to grow exponentially over the next decade. There are more than 13,000 LPN jobs in the Philadelphia metropolitan area, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. With the high demand for these jobs, students who enroll in this program can expect to complete their nursing certificate and be prepared to begin a fulfilling and rewarding career pathway in a year.  

Orleans Technical College’s new PN program will provide training for dozens of Philadelphians and surrounding county residents to enter the workforce and provide in-demand medical services in a variety of settings. Graduates of this program will work in essential settings throughout the Philadelphia region, including doctor’s offices, hospitals, nursing homes, schools, and clinics. 

The launch of this critical program will help address healthcare staffing shortages, by fueling a diverse pipeline of skilled professionals, and connecting our students to viable and rewarding career pathways. We are committed to empowering the next generation of healthcare workers and ensuring they have the tools and training needed to make a significant impact in the industry, while achieving economic stability,” said JEVS President and CEO, Cynthia Figueroa.  




JEVS Human Services (JEVS) has an 80+ year history in working with individuals to create sustainable paths to independence and economic security. JEVS’ vision is to help every person achieve personal independence and fulfillment. Our mission and vision reflect JEVS’ long-standing history of helping people connect to opportunity and cultivate independence.   

Orleans Technical College, operated by JEVS Human Services, is an accredited, non-profit career training school. It prepares adults for careers in building trades and healthcare. Since 1974, Orleans Technical College has helped students move toward one common goal: learning new skills to enhance their success in the workforce. Orleans Technical College offers job training programs in building trades and healthcare. 



opportunities for career success 

2770 Red Lion Road • Philadelphia, PA 19114-1014 TEL 215-728-4700  
EMAIL [email protected] WEB www.orleanstech.edu 

4 Ways to Support Mental Health 

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. That makes this the perfect time for all of us to pause and assess our mental health. 

When we are not mindful of our health as a whole, stress, anxiety and even the day-to-day pressures of life can build into something bigger. In fact, about half of all people will meet the criteria for a diagnosable mental health disorder at some point in their lives. Providing help and mental health resources can make a big difference in how people support their wellbeing in the long run. 

If you feel like you’re stuck in a bad place mentally and emotionally, a few simple changes may help. ComPsych® Guidance Resources® Worldwide shares the following: 

  1. Take media breaks. 

Limit how much you are watching, reading, or listening to news stories. 

  1. Take care of your body. 

Get plenty of sleep, eat a healthy, balanced diet and exercise regularly. 

  1. Make time to unwind. 

Try to do some other activities you enjoy. 

  1. Connect with others. 

Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling. 

Remember, if you feel overwhelmed, don’t hesitate to seek support. Explore the available resources for mental health and healthy living. Here’s to caring for ourselves and for others!

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Arthritis: What Older Adults Need to Know

By Thomas H.

When someone says they have “arthritis” they may have one of more than 100 diseases that affect the joints. These diseases include osteoarthritis (also called degenerative arthritis), rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory arthritis, and gout. All these diseases cause joint pain and stiffness. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), arthritis is the leading cause of disability. In the U.S., 53.2 million people (21.2 % of adults) have arthritis, which occurs more frequently as people age. Osteoarthritis (Degenerative Arthritis) is the most common form of the disease.

Arthritis symptoms like pain, swelling, and decreased range of motion may come and go. They can be mild, moderate, or severe. They may stay about the same for years but may get worse over time. Severe arthritis can lead to chronic pain. People who have arthritis may have trouble walking, climbing stairs, or doing essential daily tasks. Arthritis can cause permanent joint changes. Some types of arthritis also affect the heart, eyes, lungs, kidneys, and skin as well as the joints.

How is Arthritis Diagnosed?

To diagnose arthritis, doctors typically use a combination of methods:

  • Medical History: Your doctor will ask you questions about your symptoms. They will ask when your symptoms started and how they affect your daily life. Your doctor will also want to know about any family history of arthritis.
  • Physical Examination: Your doctor will check your joints for swelling, tenderness, and range of motion. This will help your doctor learn which joints are affected and how bad your symptoms are.
  • Imaging Tests: Your doctor may order imaging tests like X-rays, MRI, or ultrasound. These can help your doctor to see signs of arthritis, such as joint damage or inflammation.
  • Blood Tests: In some cases, blood tests may be helpful. These can rule out other conditions. They can also reveal certain antibodies and other markers of arthritis.
  • Other Diagnostic Tests: Depending on your symptoms, your doctor may recommend other tests. For example, your doctor may want to take a sample of fluid from a joint that is causing you pain.

Your doctor will use your medical history, exam, and tests to diagnose arthritis and create a tailored treatment plan to alleviate symptoms and enhance your well-being

When the joint symptoms of arthritis are mild or moderate, they can be managed by:

  • balancing activity with rest
  • using hot and cold therapies
  • maintaining a healthy weight
  • using assistive devices
  • taking over-the-counter pain relievers or anti-inflammatory medicines

To combat pain and stiffness, increase routine physical activity. According to the Mayo Clinic, “low impact” exercises like walking and stretching are best. These can “decrease your pain and stiffness, improve your range of motion, strengthen your muscles, and increase your endurance.” Mayo recommends avoiding any exercise that requires jumping or repeating the same motion. You want to avoid putting unwanted stress on joints.

JEVS Care at Home can Help 

Arthritis can make daily activities like laundry, cooking, and dressing difficult. This is especially true for people with severe symptoms. A home health aide from JEVS Care at Home can help. Our aides support clients with daily tasks that are difficult due to arthritis pain. This enables our clients to live fully and independently at home. Contact us today for more information on our award-winning services.

Use Your LinkedIn Profile to Find a New Job

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Discover JEVS! Explore Job Openings and Program Services 

JEVS Human Services works with individuals to create sustainable paths to independence and economic security. For over 80 years, JEVS has been providing jobs, education, and vital services. JEVS offers almost 40 programs in PA, DE, and NJ, and is an inclusive, equal-opportunity employer.

Find the program that’s right for you

Image description. A woman in one of the programs at JEVS sits at a table working with wires. Her hair is in two braids, and she is wearing a black shirt and protective goggles. End description.From Workforce Development to Career and Technical Education, Community Living and Home Support, and JEVS Care at Home, JEVS’ programs work together to help people meet their goals. Click this link to read more about available programs and review services.


When you love what you do, it’s not a job. It’s a calling!

Image description. Seven members of the JEVS Human Resources team stand in front of a balloon display and smile for a team photo.Whether you’re passionate about providing support to individuals with disabilities, working with youth, or helping adults achieve their career goals, there’s a place for you at JEVS. Become part of a team dedicated to making a positive impact on the lives of others. Click this link to learn more about employment at JEVS and to explore current openings.

Discover JEVS

JEVS serves almost 16,000 individuals annually. Its programs range from career strategies to skills training and support services. JEVS sees a future where every person achieves personal independence and fulfillment. Through receiving services or working here, we invite you to join us. 


When you love what you do, it’s not a job. It’s a calling! 

The work at JEVS goes beyond providing exceptional care and support to our communities. It includes creating an environment where everyone, regardless of background or circumstance, can thrive. As a leading nonprofit organization based in Philadelphia, serving Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey, we are committed to creating equal employment opportunities for all.

We firmly believe in the power of diversity and inclusivity. That is why we stand against any form of discrimination or harassment based on factors such as gender, age, race, color, religion, creed, sexual preference or orientation, marital status, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, military status, veteran status, handicap, disability, or membership in any other protected group. At JEVS, every individual is valued and respected.

In line with our commitment to fairness and equality, we adhere to the Fair Criminal Records Screening Standards Ordinance. This ensures that employment decisions are based on candidate qualifications and abilities, rather than any past experiences.

By joining JEVS, you become part of a team dedicated to making a positive impact on the lives of others. Whether you’re passionate about supporting individuals with disabilities, empowering at-risk youth, or helping adults achieve their career goals, there’s a place for you here.

We encourage interested individuals to explore the career opportunities available at JEVS Human Services. Whether you’re just starting your career or looking for a new challenge, we offer positions across various departments and locations.

Join us in our mission to build a more inclusive and equitable society. Together, we can make a difference. Visit our website to learn more about our organization and current job opportunities.

EduConnect: Your Path to Jobs in High-Demand Fields

Are you ready to take the next step in your career journey? Whether you’re entering the workforce or switching careers, JEVS EduConnect offers a career path in high-demand industries. Eligible participants can gain a phlebotomy certification, Google IT certificate, and more. 

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At EduConnect, we understand the importance of staying ahead in today’s rapidly evolving job market. That’s why we offer hybrid programs in healthcare and IT, including Comp TIA A+ and Google Suite. Program routes prepare you with the skills and knowledge to excel in these fields.


Image description. Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School Students in the EduConnect program from JEVS. Eleven students gather around the testing table. End description.One of the other opportunities available through JEVS EduConnect is our training program for high school seniors. The students from Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School are currently preparing to take an industry-recognized phlebotomy exam in June. Upon graduation, they will be qualified to apply for phlebotomy jobs, kickstarting their careers right away.

Students entering EduConnect’s healthcare and IT programs also support their future careers. Many have externships that lead into full-time positions at local hospitals and clinics.

EduConnect programs are no cost for eligible participants. Don’t miss out on the chance to join our community of motivated learners and achievers!

New cohorts begin every month: to learn more about JEVS’ EduConnect and how you can get started, click this link.

Valuing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion During Women’s History Month and Year-Round

Women’s History Month celebrates women’s contributions to history, culture, and society.

The 2024 National Women’s History Month theme is “Women Who Advocate for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.”

This year’s theme is timely. The latest data by the United Nations says the goal of gender equality and empowering all women and girls by 2030 is off track. We want this goal to become reality.

This month and every day, JEVS honors women who are allies for inclusion. They empower us to take a stand, do more, and use our power for the good of others!

As we focus on the theme of ‘Women Who Advocate for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion,’ we invite you to recognize the women in your community who support DEI values. Let’s work together to create fair opportunities for everyone, regardless of gender. Each one of us can make a positive impact: let’s remember to appreciate and support people who work toward a future where everyone is treated equally.

Use these links below to explore local events celebrating Women’s History Month:

Three Stories of Hard Work and Success

By Erin G. 

JEVS Human Services (JEVS) supports over 16,000 people in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey through almost 40 programs. These programs cover workforce development, Career and Technical Education (CTE), Community Living and Home Support, and JEVS Care at Home.

We hear heartwarming stories from people in JEVS programs that highlight why our mission is to help individuals create paths to independence and economic security.

During Women’s History Month, we’re sharing the stories of three amazing women who found success in JEVS programs:

Meet Jill

Jill lost her mom to cancer, inspiring her to care for others and study nursing. She found the right program with EduConnect. Jill is a powerful example for her two daughters, and her oldest is graduating from EduConnect in March 2024!

Click this link to read Jill’s story.

Meet Iryna

Due to the Russia-Ukraine war, Iryna and her family had to leave Ukraine. JEVS’ Center for New Americans (CNA) helped them settle in the U.S.

Click this link to read Iryna’s story.

Meet Marie

Originally from Haiti, Marie moved to the U.S. to find better opportunities. Despite facing challenges, her hard work led her to a new path.

Click this link to read Marie’s story.

To explore JEVS’ programs and services, visit our online program directory. Whether you’re seeking workforce development, educational opportunities, community living assistance, or home care services, JEVS can make a difference in your life or the lives of those you care about.


Jill’s Journey: Finding Purpose and a New Career in Nursing

By Rossella A. and Erin G.

Jill overcame obstacles and found a new path in life, all while committed to helping others. In December 2021, Jill’s life took a big turn when she lost her mom to lung cancer.

She used to run a home staging company but had to shut it down to take care of her mom full-time. She saw a lot of what goes on in hospitals while caring for her mom. One thing that stood out was seeing people alone at appointments, waiting for transportation, with no one to support them.

Her mom suggested she think about working in healthcare since she was always interested in it. She decided to try it and started her training. Seeing her mom receive blood transfusions pushed her to take the leap and enter the phlebotomy program. As her mom’s health got worse, she learned more from the nurses who visited their home, even picking up skills like fixing IVs. This made her feel fulfilled.

With support from programs like Careerlink and JEVS EduConnect, she overcame financial obstacles and started her journey towards becoming a nurse. Despite challenges, she stayed focused and then passed the state exam, earning the highest score in her class.

Her hard work paid off when she was offered positions at Penn and Jefferson Einstein, which are top hospitals in Philadelphia. She accepted a job at Jefferson in the emergency department and plans to pursue additional certifications. She is proud that her daughters have seen what she has achieved. Now, Jill volunteers with JEVS to help other students, and Jill’s oldest daughter is in the EduConnect program, too!

Click here to learn more about EduConnect


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