PLAINFIELD, NJ - Mayor Adrian O. Mapp and the Plainfield City Council will open the doors of NAN Plainfield Tech World, a comprehensive digital literacy and technology training center that will offer free courses for residents, this Tuesday, Sept. 5th.
Registration is currently open for all Plainfield residents. The innovative 12-week sessions feature classes that range in scope from computer basics to web design and development. The center will also offer Cisco Certification, but not amongst the initial set of courses.
“I am extremely proud to partner with the National Action Network to open NAN Plainfield Tech World, which will deliver free access to essential technology training to Plainfield residents,” stated Mayor Adrian O. Mapp. “The new economy is increasingly technology driven, and this center will provide our residents with the critical skills needed to secure high-paying employment opportunities or to start businesses in the rapidly growing tech sector. Plainfield is an economically diverse city, and this center is part of my vision to ensure that all of our residents have equal access to opportunity. We are changing outcomes, lives, and our city, one student at a time.”
NAN Plainfield Tech World will operate out of New Covenant Church at 225 East 7th Street in Plainfield. The ultimate aim is to grow into a large state-of-the-art facility that will offer training for all levels of learners, from beginners to advanced; and all ages, from elementary to adult. The current capacity is for 36 students per course, and according to Director of Administration and Finance, Health and Social Services Ron West, who is overseeing the operation of the Plainfield facility, the seats are filling rapidly for the the first round of classes. With only five days to go before the course begins, he urges interested residents to call or go online quickly to secure their spot.
NAN Plainfield Tech World is a collaboration between the National Action Network and the City of Plainfield. The National Action Network is a leading national civil rights organization that was founded in 1991 by Rev. Al Sharpton.
The NJ State Chapter is headed by Rev. Steffie Bartley who was instrumental in bringing the tech center to Plainfield. NAN Plainfield Tech World is part of a network of tech sector hubs focused on training residents of urban communities for high-paying jobs in the digital and information technology industries. It was created in response to President Barack Obama’s call to bridge the digital divide and respond to the critical need for talent in these sectors. There are six other locations around the country including the City of Newark.
NAN Plainfield Tech World will operate under the collaborative leadership of Director West and Executive Director of NAN Newark Tech World, Lord Dowdell.