Suffolk University Teams Up With JFYNetWorks


Boston – Suffolk University and JFYNetWorks have formed a partnership to train low-income minority workers for employment in the environmental services industry, one of the most in demand and growing industries in Massachusetts.

During the week of January 6-10, 2003, Suffolk University is making its labs available and hosting 17 trainees from JFYNetWorks Environmental Technology (ET) training program for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s safety certification. Required for entry-level positions, the training provides instruction on the proper handling and disposal of hazardous materials. The 40-hour OSHA certificate will complete a 16-week training program that began in October of 2002.

Suffolk University’s Chemistry Department Chair, Dr. Doris Lewis, and Suffolk University’s Physics Department Chair, Dr. Walter Johnson, who both serve on the JFYNetWorks Technical Advisory Board, have been instrumental in identifying ET educational goals and developing the JYFNetWorks curriculum. ET trainees spend one hour per week at Suffolk’s chemistry lab. The United States Environmental Protection Agency and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences are underwriting the training.

“We are grateful to Suffolk University for their educational leadership and collaboration with our environmental technology training program,” said Gary Kaplan, executive director of JFYNetWorks. “The demand for and prospect of handling hazardous waste materials is growing and there are individuals in search of jobs. We commend Suffolk for supporting this program – it’s a win-win situation for the employed and the industry.”

For more information, please contact:
Tony Ferullo of Suffolk University at 617-573-8448 or
Gary Kaplan of JFYNetWorks at 617-338-0815

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