Frayser residents want more jobs and career centers

Frayser residents want more jobs and career centers

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - People in Frayser want more to be done to bring jobs and job training to their community.

Steve Lockwood is the executive director of Frayser's Community Development Corporation (CDC). He says he's concerned that there are hardly any job training centers to prepare people in Frayser for the workforce. Lockwood says he has seen economic development in the area, but still believes that Frayser lacks when it comes to new jobs.

"I have an attitude of fairness," Lockwood said. "And I think neighborhoods like this are short-changed and not treated fairly and treated equitably."His opinion mirrors those held by many Frayser residents.

Pastor Deandre Brown is a convicted felon living in Frayser. He offers a program called Lifeline for Success, which helps people turn their lives around. He, too, believes there should be more opportunities and resources available to help people find jobs in Frayser.

"When it comes to hard skill training, I don't believe there's many, if any, at all in Frayser," he said. "When you look at a population, that's at the top of every negative category in our city. There needs to be a place where there's an intentional attempt to begin to reshape the way people live and operate."

In 2012, Frayser got a grant to create a plan to transform the community, but those funds do not include executing the plan.

Shep Wilburn is overseeing the planning process. He says he is planning to work with more high schools to establish job training and internship programs for students. A partnership with Southwest Tennessee Community College's Frayser campus is also in the works to establish more job training programs in the area.

"The next phase in this process is to see if we convince the city, county, state and federal government to continue to provide resources and programs to make those plans a reality," Wilburn explained.

WMC Action News 5 reached out to Mayor A C Wharton's office for a comment and have not yet heard back.

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