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Paterson Task Force launches two job training programs

By Jonathan Greene
Published: May 2, 2015


The Paterson Task Force has launched two job training programs in furniture refurbishing and housekeeping, announced the organization this week.

The two job training programs are being run in collaboration with well-known private sector companies. The task force is working with city-based Greenbaum Interior on its furniture refurbishing job training program and with Parsippany-based Wyndham Hotel Group on its housekeeping job training program.

“We are very grateful that the private sector has been willing to assist us with our new training programs,” Lana Stokes, executive director of the task force, said. “With their support, we would not be able to provide the Paterson residents with the necessary skills to become self-sufficient.”

The six-week job training program in furniture refurbishing will begin on May 9 focusing on three component woodworking, wood refurbishing, and upholstering. Classes will be held for six consecutive Saturdays at the Greenbaum Interior office at 101 Washington Street.

The two-day housekeeping job training program was developed in collaboration with Wyndham Hotel Group, one of the largest hotel companies in the world, and the New Jersey Department of Labor, Retail, Hospitality and Tourism Talent Network. The program will be run by three experts in housekeeping from Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive, Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District, and Wyndham Hamilton Park Hotel and Conference Center.

Participants will be trained in housekeeping skills and strategies from May 20 through May 21 at the task force’s office on 109 Washington Street. The two-day training runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

After training is completed, the participants will have chance to interview for housekeeping position at Wyndham Hamilton Park Hotel and Conference Center in Florham Park or Dolce Basking Ridge in Basking Ridge.

“For Wyndham Hotel Group, which has roots in New Jersey along with several hotels operating in the area, doing the right thing by serving our communities is a top priority,” Kelli Joseph, senior corporate director of human resources for Wyndham Hotel Group, said. “We are proud to be involved in such a meaningful program that allows us to share our passion for hospitality while helping people in our local communities develop skills that have the potential to change their lives.”

Unemployed low-income city residents may attend the trainings free of charge. Interested individuals should contact the Paterson Task Force at (973) 279-2333 to enroll.  Space is limited.

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