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December 1997 Newsletter

Happy Holidays

Career Depot Receives State Award

The Northwest Georgia Workforce Development Project was recently named the Outstanding Model for Collaboration - Employment Assistance. The award was presented at the Georgia Workforce Development Conference by Labor Commissioner David Poythress, DTAE Commissioner Kenneth Breeden, and Human Resources Commissioner Tommy Olmstead. The project was cited for the partners' dedication to providing quality customer service, promoting improved service integration, and improving accessibility in the 15-county service delivery area.

The first Career Depot opened at Walker Technical Institute in Spring 1997. Agencies planning and organizing the first Career Depot in addition to Walker Tech included the Northwest Georgia Private Industry Council, Northwest Georgia Field Service Office, and Walker County Family and Children Services. The Career Depot at Walker Tech has expanded to include agencies in Catoosa, Dade, and Chattooga Counties and additional agencies in Walker County. Plans are well underway to open Career Depots in Rome and Dalton in Spring 1998.

Anyone desiring more information about the Northwest Georgia Workforce Development Project may visit our web site at http://www.careerdepot.org or contact Gwen Dellinger at 706/295-6485, Karen Howell at 706/634-1118, or Sue Chandler at 404/679-1660.

Northwest Georgia FSO is a Winner

The Northwest Georgia Department of Labor Field Service Office located in Fort Oglethorpe was recognized at the Georgia Workforce Development Conference for Outstanding Commitment to Quality Jobs. Under its on-the-job training contract with the Northwest Georgia Private Industry Council, the Northwest Georgia FSO had a 98% entered employment rate at an average wage of $7.36 per hour.

The FSO in Fort Oglethorpe was recognized not only for recruiting employers that provided a high wage but also employers who provided benefits for the workers they trained and hired. For more information about the on-the-job training project, contact Dot Hale, Manager, at 706/861-1990.

Also recognized at the Conference as Outstanding Corporate Partner was Burner Systems International of Rossville, Georgia. The company has provided on-the-job training and employment opportunities for numerous individuals with barriers to employment. The Northwest Georgia Field Service office provides all recruitment and screening for the company. Through its many investments in the community, Burner Systems International of Rossville has demonstrated its true partnership in Georgia's workforce development system.

For more information, contact Dot Hale, Manager, or Alan Proctor, On-the-Job Training Specialist, at 706/861-1990.

Congratulations

Congratulations to Aray Darden, Director of the Richmond/Burke Counties SDA, for being named SDA Director of the Year, Metropolitan Atlanta PIC for receiving the Title II Governor's Cup, and Atlanta Regional Commission for receiving the Title III Georgia Curtis Award at the Workforce Development Conference.

Bonnie Moulder Recognized

Bonnie Moulder, JTPA Coordinator at Carroll Technical Institute, was named Georgia JTPA Coordinator of the Year at the Georgia Workforce Development Conference held in early December. Bonnie was recognized at the Conference for her outstanding commitment to quality customer service. She has worked with JTPA customers for many years and is noted for her dedication to those she serves. Bonnie was not present due to a serious illness; she died of leukemia December 12. Our prayers and love are with her family during this difficult time.

Welfare-to-Work Funds

The Northwest Georgia Private Industry Council (PIC) has been designated by the Governor to receive $1.4 million in Welfare-to-Work training funds. The funds are being awarded to provide training services for welfare clients in the 15-county Northwest Georgia service delivery area. The PIC's Plan for utilizing the funds will be submitted to the Georgia Department of Labor by February 1. Anyone desiring more information may call Gwen Dellinger, JTPA Director, or Beth Kelley, Assistant JTPA Director, at 706/295-6485 or write to them at Coosa Valley RDC, P.O. Box 1793, Rome GA 30163.

Congratulations, Kristy

Kristy Jones, Program Assistant for the Northwest Georgia Workforce Development Project, has accepted a position with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Calhoun. Kristy, who has been working part-time for our project and part-time for Big Brothers/Big Sisters, will now be will be working full time for Big Brothers/Big Sisters as a Case Manager. We are sorry Kristy is leaving but congratulate her on her professional success and wish her all the best in her new position.

Success Story

Jamie Williams is a 35-year-old single parent with two sons ages 13 and 3. She had been part of the welfare system since her older son was born. Two years ago she learned about the Family and Children Services PEACH program which helped mothers on welfare prepare for employment. After finishing PEACH, Jamie enrolled in the Job Training Partnership Program (JTPA) at Walker Technical Institute.

JTPA funded Jamie's Data Management Certificate and provided her with child care and transportation assistance while she was getting her education. And, as Jamie says, "Stella Raymer and Diane Mayes were always there for a pep talk or a kick in the pants." With their encouragement, Jamie graduated from Walker Tech June 13, 1997. The next Monday, she started her career with the National Park Service. In the meantime, Jamie has returned to night school to earn an Associate's Degree in Business and Office Technology.

"The more I learn, the more we as a family grow and the stronger we get! I feel like a new person with everything possible again. I don't make excuses any more and I will never be ashamed again. No one can take away my education."

Jamie's life is very different now. She and her older son stay up and do their homework together. She knows that her younger son will learn the value of a good education and paying his own way through life. Jamie credits the workers at Family and Children Services, her instructors, the JTPA staff at Walker Tech and her many friends for helping her along the road to success.

Congratulations on your success, Jamie. We're proud of you.

The harder I work, the luckier I get. Goldwyn

Turkey Trivia Contest

We have a winner!

In our November Newsletter we announced a Turkey Trivia Contest to name on which TV program the following statement was made: "As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly."

The proud winner is Terri Corbitt of the Rome Chamber of Commerce. Terri was the first to respond that the TV show was WKRP in Cincinnati; and the person making the statement was the radio station owner, Mr. Carlson. The first runner up was Jeanette Fleming from Pickens County Extension Service. The second runner up was Suzanne Morrison from SDA11, SeaCoast Workforce Development Board, Savannah.

Congratulations to our three winners. Each of them will receive cranberries and stuffing for their Christmas dinners.

(The statement was made by Mr. Carlson after the station had live turkeys dropped out of a helicopter at a shopping mall for a Thanksgiving promotion. Les was on-site announcing the event. O.K., it's a bit sick; but it was funny.)

NAJA Training

The National Association of Job Training Assistance (NAJA) is holding a workshop in Orlando, Florida, January 6-8, 1998. The workshop will cover How to Prepare for & Manage an Audit, JTPA Fiscal & Program Monitoring, Implementing & Operating a One Stop, and Learn from DOL TAG Pilot Operators on Sharing Resources to Provide Integrated Services. The cost for the workshop is $395 to $425. Call 1-800-747-NAJA for more details.

NAJA will hold its 16th Annual Conference March 23-27, 1998, in San Francisco, California. The conference will include an update on Workforce Development and Welfare-to-Work Legislation by a Congressional and a U.S. Department of Labor Representative. Workshops will be presented on Fiscal and Program Monitoring, Activity-Based Cost Allocation for One-Stops, Revenue Generation, and many more. The registration fee is $355 for the conference, $235 for Focus sessions, or $590 for both. Contact NAJA at 1-800-747-NAJA for more information about the conference.

NAWDP Conference

The National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP) will hold its 1998 Annual Conference, "Workforce Development: Catching the Wave," May 10-13, 1998, in Miami Beach, Florida. The Northwest Georgia Workforce Development Project will present a workshop called "Developing a One-Stop Web Site" on the 12th.

For more information about the Conference, visit NAWDP's web site at http://www.nawdp.org call 202/887-6120, or e-mail NAWDP@aol.com.

OMTI Workshops

OMTI Professional Development Services is presenting several workshops in the coming months that will be of interest to Workforce Development professionals. Subjects include Making Case Management Work, Putting Work First in Your Case Management System, Cross-Training Others, Working with the Hostile and Resistant Client, and Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations.

Sandy Ott, JTPA Coordinator at Dalton College, recently attended an OMTI Workshop on Assessment and stated it was excellent. For more information about OMTI workshops call 614/895-7500 or fax 895-7401.

SETA Conference

The next Southeastern Employment and Training Association Conference will be held April 5-8, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. Membership in SETA is only $10 per year which includes newsletters and discounted fees at conferences. For information, call 850/562-2108.

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