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August 2001 Newsletter

Endless Opportunities | Youth Success Academy | Goodwill Industries Summer Program
Dalton State College News | North Metro Tech News | Verizon eGrants
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Endless Opportunities

Endless Opportunities, Inc., located in Dalton, GA, operates a G.E.D. program for Workforce Investment Act (WIA) eligible youth. More than 20 of their students will don caps and gowns for a graduation ceremony on September 28, 2001. Commencement will be held at Dalton State College.

We thought you would enjoy reading excerpts from letters their students sent to them.

3/01 "I just wanted to take a moment of your time to express my thanks. Without you and your G.E.D. program I would have never gotten my G.E.D. or my 2 year Assoc. Degree... You inspired me to continue my education. I use what I learned at Endless Opportunities to fulfill my life as stepping stones, so that I may achieve success. ...Again I thank you and your staff. For without Endless Opportunities, I might be lost in this world of ours. Respectfully, J., Graduate 1993. [Yes, 1993 is the correct date. The writer went through the program under JTPA.]

4/01 "It is important for me to get my GED so I can continue moving forward with my life. With being highly disappointed at being kicked out of high school and being a drop out for sometime, I took it upon myself to get back in school and do the impossible. The impossible being, staying in my ‘dreams finger tips’, and my ‘goals keen eyesight’. It is a must that you have some kind of diploma these days, so I took the task of getting my GED. ... So as I continue to push myself closer and closer to graduation in May, I no longer look back on those who say they couldn’t do it, and those said it wouldn’t be done: ‘God bless the child who can hold his own’. - K.

5/01 ..."I just want you all to know that I am so glad that I heard about Endless Opportunities. It has already opened up doors for me at work and other places to. Thank yall so much. You really do not have any idea what all yall have done for me. I love being able to still write and email to yall even after I am through with your school....My raise comes in effect on this next paycheck. I can’t wait....Thanks for everything! - M.

Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal. – Pamela Starr

 

Our Youth web site is now on the web at www.YouthSuccessAcademy.org! Currently, we have information to help youth search for a job or decide on a career; resources such as financial aid information, job readiness self-assessments, locations of libraries, etc.; and training with links to schools, colleges, and GED sites. Contact WebNannie (Karen) at Vandy88@aol.com or phone/fax 706.277.7466 if you have suggestions for items we should include, URLS for good youth web sites, etc. Your suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

YSA has a discussion forum where youth can leave messages. If you know any teenagers who held summer jobs, we would really like to have them leave a message on the forum telling us what the job meant to them and the valuable lessons they learned.

Children are our most valuable natural resource. – Herbert Hoover

Goodwill Industries Summer Program

On July 27, 8 Murray and Whitfield County youth attended a graduation ceremony at the Junior Achievement Building in Dalton. The ceremony marked the end of their 6-week Summer Program led by staff of Chattanooga Goodwill Industries, Inc., based in Dalton. Students applied for the program through their Special Education Teacher or Rehabilitation Services counselor.

The goal of the program was to introduce special needs students to the world of work, to develop skills in teamwork, communication, problem solving, and interpersonal skills, to help them identify work opportunities, and to explore vocational interests. The students also spent 2 to 3 days per week in a real work setting for which they were paid minimum wage.

Dalton State College News
by Dana Wilson

New Connections To Work and Dalton State College are proud to announce the recipients of the Customer Relations Training Continuing Education Certificate. Students completed 60 hours of coursework, including various industry tours, to earn this certificate. New Connections To Work will be offering Customer Relations Training again beginning in September. The following students completed training on June 22, 2001.

Front Row - Rachelle Rich, Danyelle Biggerstaff, Daisy Groce, Caroline Gregory, Joyce Cantrall, Adrienne Kilgore, Marcos Alvarez. Back Row - Judy Kotch, Annette Bell, Tina Baldwin, Britani Blanchard, Trudy Ross.

For more information about the Customer Relations and other training programs offered through New Connections to Work, contact Dana Wilson at 706.272.2608 or Karen White at 272.4592.

North Metro Tech News
by Gary Webb

Frank McCain and Sheila Southerland of North Metro Technical College’s New Connections program have both accepted full-time teaching positions with Paulding County schools, starting this fall. Frank will be teaching and coaching middle school students, while Sheila will be working with Special Education students. Best wishes to both of them in their new positions.

Beverly Mathis of Northwestern Technical College and Gary Webb of North Metro Technical College have been named co-chairs of the Northwest Consortium of New Connections to Work. The Department of Technical and Adult Education (DTAE) has assigned the consortium responsibility to review and recommend Public Information activities for New Connections programs statewide. New Connections serves TANF clients, displaced homemakers, single parents and single pregnant women.

Mr. James Nordone will be joining the North Metro Technical College team on August 8 as Vice President of Student Services. Mr. Nordone is currently Vice President of Student Development Services at Athens Technical College. He has an extensive background in student services both at Athens Tech and at community and technical colleges in another state.

Verizon eGrants

The Verison Foundation has announced the availability of eGrants, which provide funding for dial-up Internet access or high-speed Internet access from the ISP (Internet Service Provider) of the grantee’s choice. Nonprofit organizations that currently do not have Internet access are eligible for the $240 grant. Organizations may apply at any time by visiting http://foundation.verizon.com/egrants.html or request an application by calling 800.360.7955.

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