Business & Finance

Plainfield Vision 2025 on Tuesday Night Centered on Workforce Development

f370ed34905245ddf8ae_IMG_9816.jpg
Rasur Thompson Credits: Jennifer Popper
eeedb0b210cd5328e307_IMG_9806.jpg
Credits: Jennifer Popper
160ae07ebb9eb9c0c91f_IMG_9808.jpg
Credits: Jennifer Popper
9aa87288554ac8c41d0d_IMG_9809.jpg
Credits: Jennifer Popper
b206cd220094082a7d09_IMG_9810.jpg
Credits: Jennifer Popper
c2095cf03dbffe25fc60_IMG_9812.jpg
Norman Deen Muhammad Credits: Jennifer Popper
4bb4a536b01fc00930f5_IMG_9813.jpg
4753df6d57ace861f137_IMG_9814.jpg
992d69e44faa65b49281_IMG_9815.jpg
56f0fc17b95ce00f471f_IMG_9817.jpg
429b6956334c8dbcf3a1_22489775_289178584933195_8982063911770682183_n.jpg
Credits: Plainfield Vision 2025 Facebook page
add1a868a7a2be083a16_22539979_289582141559506_982412757042547908_n.jpg
A session in Spanish has been added on Oct. 30 at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, 516 West 6th Street, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
f370ed34905245ddf8ae_IMG_9816.jpg

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Plainfield Vision 2025 continued on Tuesday eveing, focusing on Workforce Development and Adult Training.

The five breakout sessions centered on five categories:  Mentoring, Youth, Vocational Skills/Training, Job Opportunities, and Re-entry.

Success would lead to more jobs and a booming downtown, participants said.  General community service ideas include 'clean where you live,' and similar initiatives that could involve high schoolers.  Additional ideas include shadowing of public safety personnel and city employees, and a monthly calendar of themes for the city would work, so residents know what event to expect every month.  

Sign Up for E-News

There would be a cleaner city, greater connections between its citizens, less crime, and greater pride in the City of Plainfield.

 

Youth-centric ideas that were discussed included after-school programs for 13 to 16 year-olds with PSAT and other college-prep classes, language classes, coding, survival skills, and other vocational skills that that lead to entrepreneurship.  Teaching public speaking would be a plus.

A consistent theme on obstacles?  Funding.  And success would include a 100% graduation rate.

With respect to job opportunities, residents should be trained for jobs of the future, not of the present, and there's a need to show people how to start a small business, and work with banks for more leniency in lending money.

Long term goals?  More grants and funding, digital tools like an APP because young people who love their phones could see where jobs and trainings are taking place.

Developer Mario Camino summarized his group's topic on vocational skills and training, and said one idea includes a city-funded pool of workers, a group of employees to whom the city would allocate a certain amount of money each year and employ in different departments around the city year round.

He continued, saying creative classes and computer programs are needed, but also noted that not one person in his group knew about any of the programs that are currently available in the city today A facility where all of these types of things can happen under one roof would be on the wish list, and there should be monthly informational sessions to talk about, specifically, the types of training programs that are being offered at a county level and at a state level.

 

The final presentation was on re-entry, and how there's a perception that people integrating back into society don't want to change their lifestyle, and how there is a need to make regional and state resources more readily available in Plainfield directly.

Stakeholders in re-entry include the City of Plainfield and all its residents, faith-based organizations, law enforcement and business owners, and the Department of Corrections.

Finally, a system for accountability to know who has been successful in re-entry, who has graduated, who has gotten an apprenticeship, and more, is a goal.

When timeline was discussed, presenter Norman Deen Muhammad said it was initially one to two years.  But he continued, "this is something we want to start immediately, and be proactive."  He said the City of Plainfield should have a prime model that can be held up for the rest of the state to mimic.

 

 

If you aren't able to make it to any of the listening sessions, you can provide feedback via an online survey in ENGLISH or SPANISH.

The remaining schedule of listening sessions is as follows; there are two on tap for next week:

  • Connecting Community/Community Arts & Culture - Oct. 23, 7:00 pm, duCret School of Art, 1030 Central Avenue
  • Municipal Government & Essential Services Performance - Oct. 25, 7:00 pm, Plainfield Library at 800 Park Avenue
  • Plainfield Vision 2025 Community Playback - Nov. 4, 10:00 am, Plainfield High School at 950 Park Avenue

A session in Spanish has also been added on Oct. 30 at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, 516 West 6th Street, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

The Plainfield Vision 2025 Executive Committee will present a final report to the Mayor in January 2018.  Information on Plainfield Vision 2025 is available on the city’s website, www.plainfieldnj.gov, and social media platforms; you can follow along on Facebook @PlainfieldVision2025.

#PV2025

 

TAPintoPlainfield.net is Plainfield's free daily paper for Plainfield, NJ news. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook, Twitter @PlainfieldTAP, and on Instagram @tapintoplainfield for all of your Plainfield local news.

Download the free TAPinto App for iPhone or Android.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Plainfield

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_e494ac4a13e4230208bf_holy_savior_academy

Tue, July 17, 5:00 PM

South Plainfield

Holy Savio Open House July 17th

Carousel_image_e494ac4a13e4230208bf_holy_savior_academy

Tue, July 17, 5:00 PM

South Plainfield

Holy Savior Open House July 17th

Carousel_image_41d1b33591c4aa084ebd_071818sing

Wed, July 18, 3:00 PM

Plainfield Public Library, Plainfield

Family Movie: Sing

Murphy Administration Takes Action to Help Smokers Quit

July 16, 2018

Eliminates Prior Approval for Medicaid Tobacco Cessation Medications; Counseling Options to be Expanded

July 16, 2018

(TRENTON) – The Murphy administration on Monday announced new steps to help New Jersey Medicaid recipients quit using tobacco by making it easier to receive tobacco cessation medications and counseling.

“Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death ...

Plainfield BOE Member on Naming of the New School

July 12, 2018

On Tuesday, June 19, 2018 – I, Carmencita Pile, an elected Plainfield School Board member presented this during the Plainfield School Board monthly business meeting to the public and to the board after being recognized by Plainfield School Board President Mr. Richard Wyatt.

On Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 12:10PM an email was sent from the Plainfield School District's Postmaster that ...

Police Investigators Seek Public’s Help in Fatal Crash

July 15, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The South Plainfield Police Department and Middlesex County Prosecutors Office are looking for the public’s help in the July 4, 2018 fatal motorcycle accident that killed 28 year-old Jessica Montes of Piscataway.

According to police, the accident occurred at approximately 4:50am as the vehicle Montes was a passenger lost control and crashed on New Brunswick ...

La Guerra contra los Inmigrantes- Cuando es Demasiado?

July 15, 2018

"Primero, vinieron por los comunistas, y yo no hable- por que no era comunista.

Después, vinieron por los sindicalistas, y yo no hable- por que no era sindicalista.

Después, vinieron por los judíos, y yo no hable- por que no era judío. 

Después, vinieron por mí- y no hubo nadie para hablar por mí."

Este dicho por el ...

Mayor Mapp:  El Programa de Verano de los Jóvenes

El lunes, 9 de julio, nuevas caras alumbraran las oficinas de la Alcaldía. Nuestro Programa de Verano de los Jóvenes por fin comienza, y otra vez los empleados tendrán la oportunidad de ser mentores de un nuevo grupo de jóvenes.

El Programa de Verano de los Jóvenes corre por seis semanas todos los años y les da la oportunidad de empleo y experiencia a ...

Featured Business: Studio 15 Young Plainfield Entrepreneurs Expand Business Once More

“What you see behind me is a life-changing project for myself that I have been working on since January 2017, nearly two years, discreetly; not sharing much about it with anybody. I've had plenty of reasons to give up on this truck; I purchased it pretty much from the ground up from Rashine Mobile, another local city entrepreneur. The truck had no steering column, no computer; it ...

'Servant of Two Masters' exudes foolish fun

‘Servant of Two Masters’ makes for foolish, frivolous fun

By Liz Keill

MADISON, NJ –Carlo Goldoni’s “The Servant of Two Masters,” in a rousing translation and adaptation by Bonnie J. Monte, has the outdoor audience at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey laughing and clapping all the way through.

The yearly production, held at the amphitheatre on the ...

Lucia, Lucia by Adriani Trigiani

Lucia, Lucia by Adriana Trigiani (Ballentine Books, 2003)

 

If a summer romance novel is what you are craving to read as you sit by the pool or beach, Adriana Trigiani's Lucia, Lucia is a perfect choice. Set in 1950 New York City, the novel is about a young woman, Lucia Sartori, who is determined to have a career and be able to support herself, an unusual choice for a girl who was ...

The Anatomy of Escape by Mike Blue

The Anatomy of Escape: An Unconventional Adventure by Mike Blue (Available on Amazon)

 

Imagine that you could just say, “Chuck it,” and walk away from the bonds that keep you tied to what Mike Blue, author of The Anatomy of Escape: An Unconventional Adventure, defines as the restrictive Work-Consume-Die cycle. To most of us, becoming what Blue terms “a ...

The Death of Koko the Gorilla

Koko's Kitten, Koko's Story, The Eduction of Koko all by Dr. Francine Patterson

 

Last night when I heard about the death of Koko, the lowland gorilla who was educated to communicate through American Sign Language by Dr. Francine Patterson, I went numb with grief. I have followed the life of Koko, her two gorilla companions, Michael and Ndume, as well as Dr. Patterson for forty ...

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn (William Morrow, 2018)

 

A friend, whose opinion on literature I respect greatly, reported to me recently that she had just finished reading A.J. Finn's debut novel, The Woman in the Window. Of it she said, “I wish I hadn't finished it,” which I interpreted to mean, “It was so good I'm sorry that I finished it.” ...

When the Men Go Off to War by Victoria Kelly

When the Men Go Off to War by Victoria Kelly (Naval Institute Press, 2015)

Victoria Kelly's first published volume of poetry, When the Men Go Off to War, is a wonder in that poems can be written so beautifully about the subject of war. Each poem is a jewel, polished and colorful, glittering with elegant imagery, and rich in emotional wallop. The book, divided into three sections, ...

The Queen of the Big Time by Adriana Trigiani (Ballentine Books, 2005)

            The Queen of the Big Time by Adriana Trigiani, a New York Times best selling author, was recommended to me by a young woman who actually came from the town of Roseto, Pennsylvania, the place where the novel is set. “The author did such a wonderful job of describing how the town actually is,” said the young lady.