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April 1997 Newsletter

Deal Appointed to Education Committee http://www Free Job Club Open House DTAE News
Good News for Job Seekers Project Ideas Health Services Clothes Closet Articles Welcome

Congressman Deal Appointed to Education Committee

In an unusual move, Congressman Nathan Deal, 9th District, Georgia, was granted a waiver by the House Steering Committee, allowing him to serve on two committees. Congressman Deal maintained his seat on the powerful House Commerce Committee, while also being added to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

"I was pleased to receive word that I have been chosen to serve on both of these important committees," Deal stated. "I have enjoyed the previous two years on the Commerce Committee and look forward to working on this committee in the future. I am also very excited about my recent appointment to the committee with jurisdiction over all issues related to education."

As a member of the Postsecondary Education, Training and Life-Long Learning Subcommittee, Mr. Deal will have direct input in defining the federal government's role in education and re-authorizing the nation's student loan program.

"Coming from an 'education family'," Deal said, "I am excited about the opportunity to work on education and help give our citizens the skills necessary to lead full, productive lives." "My parents taught for a combined 70 years in public schools, my in-laws were school teachers, and my wife is a school teacher. Hopefully, I can help our federal government send more resources to our classrooms and less to federal red tape and rules."

Congressman Deal's address is 1406 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515.

He who opens a school door, closes a prison. --Victor Hugo


We did it! The Career Depot is on line.

Check out our home page at http://www.vol.com/~vandy. Let us know what you like and don't like about our site. Our goal is to make the home page informative and easy to use. If it isn't, we need to know so we can change our format. (We won't mind hearing about the things you like as well.)

Our home page has links to job banks and education and training programs. It includes information to help with job search, addresses and telephone numbers of agencies and organizations providing support services, and information of interest to business and industry.

The home page is on a temporary server at present and will be moved to a permanent location within a few weeks. In the meantime, we really do want input and suggestions for improvements. E-mail comments to Vandy88@aol.com or contact Karen Howell at 706/272-2300.

Free Job Club

A Job Club meets every Monday from 8:30 to 10:00 at Walker Technical Institute Career Depot. The Job Club is an excellent

opportunity to meet with other job seekers and exchange employment leads. The Club is open to anyone who is seeking employment. It is free, and there are no eligibility requirements. Job seekers need only show up at Walker Technical Institute, Room 105, Monday mornings prepared to go to work. Contact Beverly Mathis or Tammy Myers at 706/764-3597 for more information.

Open House

Please join us on May 9 between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. to celebrate the opening of the Walker Technical Institute Career Depot. The open house will be held at Walker Technical Institute, 265 Bicentennial Trail, Rock Spring GA, Room 115. The computer lab and resource room with hookup to the internet will be open. Refreshments will be served.

Walker Tech is located off of Highway 27 south of Chickamauga Park. We hope to see you there on May 9th.

Good News for Job Seekers

The Career Depot at Walker Technical Institute is open to anyone seeking employment or career information. The Depot resource room is located at at 265 Bicentennial Trail, Rock Spring GA 30739, Building #1, Room 120.

A wide variety of materials are available in the Depot resource center to help with career planning and career exploration. The center has information on conducting a job search, writing a resume, completing job applications, etc. The materials are available on computer programs, in print, on tape, and on video. Staff are available to assist in finding appropriate materials.

The resource center includes free internet access. Through the internet, job seekers can visit job banks with thousands of jobs listed from throughout the U.S. and abroad. Some internet sites are even set up so one can file an application or resume on line.

The internet may also be used to identify education and training opportunities and locate community services. If a person is a beginner to the internet, the center will have someone on site to help get him or her started. In addition to the resource room, the Career Depot offers free workshops and seminars. The workshops are designed to help with job search and job retention skills and life issues such as stress management.

Beverly Mathis, New Connections Coordinator, is overseeing operations of the Career Depot at Walker Tech. Give Beverly or Tammy Myers a call at 706/764-3597 and learn what the Walker Tech Career Depot has to offer.


Ruby Cantwell Sherrill retired in March from the Department of Technical and Adult Education (DTAE). Ruby worked closely with the Department of Labor Job Training Division and the Northwest Georgia Job Training Partnership Program in developing the One-Stop Career Center program and its project goals and objectives. After the project was underway, Ruby was always available to make suggestions and offer possible solutions when we encountered problems. All of us working with the Career Depot project will miss Ruby. We wish her and her husband the best of luck in their retirement.

Congratulations to Valencia Howell on being named Vice President of Administrative Services at Metro Atlanta Tech. Valencia has worked with the job training and workforce develop system for many years. She most recently served as Interim Coordinator for JTPA Section 123 at DTAE. Valencia's knowledge, support and expertise will be missed. We wish her all the best in her new position.

Project Ideas

Project Ideas is the professional development institute for the entire Georgia workforce development network. More than 20 workshops are scheduled throughout Georgia from now through June. Project Ideas also offers customized services and training at its facilities at Kennesaw State or at a location of your choosing.

Contact Project Ideas at Kennesaw State College Continuing Education, 1000 Chastain Road, Kennesaw GA 30144 or call (770) 423-6369 or (800) 869-1151 for more information about their training programs and workshops.

When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.
--Franklyn D. Roosevelt

Health Services

by Beverly Mathis

The Walker County Health Department is expanding its services by offering a public health van that will provide family planning services to customers in the One-Stop Shop, the Walker Tech Campus community, and the community at large. The van will be on site on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. The hours of operation are from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Contact Beverly Mathis or Tammy Myers at Walker Technical Institute 706/764-3597 for more information about the Health Department services. (Beverly is the New Connections to Work Coordinator and oversees operations of the Walker Tech Career Depot.)

Clothes Closet

by Jennifer Ingraldi

Imagine you have not worked for years or you have never held a paying job. You have been at home, wearing jeans, shorts, sweats, etc., and now you are re-entering the work arena, either by choice or necessity. One of your biggest problems is...CLOTHING.

That will not be a problem for citizens of Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade and Walker Counties and students of Walker Technical Institute. The Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS), Walker Tech and Walker County Family Connection are working together to create a Working Persons Clothes Closet.

The intent is to outfit people so they may adequately search for and obtain employment. A maximum of five outfits per season, two seasons per year will be permitted. This will help ensure people have enough work clothing to see them through for one year.

If you, your club or organization, your church, your neighborhood, or group of friends would like to donate good working clothing, shoes, accessories, etc., you may drop them off at the Walker County DFCS office in Rock Spring next to the Civic Center, Highway 27. They will prepare a tax receipt for you.

In addition to clothing and accessories, volunteers are needed to help man the Closet, offer classes on related topics, sort through donated items and prepare clothing for display. The hours for assisting vary and can be easily adjusted to fit a volunteer's schedule. For more information on the Working Persons' Clothes Closet, contact Walker County Department of Family and Children Services at 706/375-0726.

Mail questions or comments concerning services to Just the Facts, Walker County DFCS, P.O. Box 689, Rock Spring GA 30739, Attention Jennifer Ingraldi. (Jennifer is the Local Coordinating Council Coordinator for 10 counties in Northwest Georgia.)

Articles Welcome

In addition to relaying information about the Career Depot, we will use the newsletter to facilitate the sharing of information about social services and workforce development in our 15-county Northwest Georgia Region.

Please forward items you believe will be of interest to others involved in workforce development to Karen E. Howell, NGRDC, 503 West Waugh Street, Dalton GA 30720 706/272-2300, fax 272-2253, e-mail Vandy88@aol.com.

Note: The One-Stop Conference to be held in Los Angeles in May which was mentioned in last month's newsletter is no longer accepting registrations. The next conference will be in Baltimore. We well let you know the details when we receive them.

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