Upcoming events and tradeshows.
Trenton Computer Festival
The 42nd Trenton Computer Festival is Saturday, March 18th at The College of New Jersey in Ewing, NJ. Enjoy an exciting day of talks, workshops, exhibits & shopping opportunities. Special this year is a full-day forum on Autonomous Vehicles. The schedule of events is available at www.tcf-nj.org, along with directions, parking, and registration information. The Flea Market/Vendor Fair is all indoors. Regular festival events occur between 9 am and 5 pm. The Banquet starts at 6 pm. Admission is only $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Click here to purchase admission and Banquet tickets, and make vendor reservations.
Call for Central NJ Manufacturers – Help Shape the NJ Labor Market
Zero Surge President Jim Minadeo is chairing a sub-committee of the NJ Central Region Manufacturers Targeted Industry Partnership (TIP) which will be determining the needs of the Manufacturing Industry in the state of NJ. This TIP is working in conjunction with the NJ State Department of Labor and the ManufactureNJ organization which is a part of NJIT. This is a mouthful but it boils down to the state of NJ pushing for changes and additional training programs that meet the real workforce needs of manufacturers.
After our first meeting, it was apparent that there is a gap in the job skills needed to fill our manufacturing base in NJ. We have lost the interest of young students to be apprentices and to get into the jobs required of manufacturers. There are very good paying jobs in manufacturing that required a different kind of training that a college degree does not provide.
In fact, students can make money while they learn instead of go deep into debt getting a degree that may not be able to provide them with a living wage. Only 52% of college graduates from 2006 were employed full time in 2013. Of those that were full time employed, 42% of them did not need their college degree to get the job they had!
If you are in NJ (or border the state of NJ) and would like to participate, please contact Jim at firstname.lastname@example.org. Meetings are in person on a quarterly basis and virtual monthly. The total time commitment is up to you. We are looking for long range solutions and have the backing of the state of NJ to see this through. Thanks!