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Autumn 1998 Newsletter

Ready, Set, One-Stop Workshops/Conferences
Welfare to Work Programs Green Thumb

All day William sits alone in his office, staring at the ceiling, counting the squares. Over and over one thought keeps going through his mind, "Oh, woe is me! The new Workforce Investment Act has been signed into law, and here I sit, knowing nothing about One-Stop Shops. Whatever will I do?"

Well, cheer up :), William, now you can attend the "Ready, Set, One-Stop" meetings that are going to be held every month throughout Northwest Georgia. Not only will you learn about One-Stops, you will be brought up-to-date on what is happening in workforce development in Northwest Georgia, Georgia, the United States, even the world! So write the first meeting on your calendar now, December 11, 9:30 a.m. SDA-1 is coming to the rescue!!!!!

The first "Ready, Set, One-Stop" meeting will be held in Calhoun in the Coosa Valley Technical Institute Distance Learning Center on Friday, December 11. It will start at 9:30 a.m. and end by 3:30 p.m. with a 1 hour break for lunch. On the agenda is information about the Common Intake/Video Teleconferencing Pilot starting in WaCaDaCha in January; News from Coosa Valley Tech's One-Stop; Governance in a One-Stop System; Transformation to a New System; and much, much more. Admission is free; and everyone is welcome.

For January's "Ready, Set, One-Stop" event. The Northwest Georgia Private Industry Council is bringing John Chamberlain to our region to provide training on the new Workforce Investment Act.  The workshop will be held on January 28th and 29th, location to be announced. John is a nationally recognized expert in workforce development and always provides informative, inspirational workshops. Mark your calendars now and watch for more information about this workshop in the Career Depot Newsletter and from Project Ideas.


Other dates to mark on your calendars for "Ready, Set, One-Stop" Meetings are February 12, March 12, April 9, May 14, and June 11. We will hold them in different locations to provide an opportunity for as many collaborative partners as possible to attend. Read your future Career Depot Newsletters for further details.


It's not too late. Sign up now for Georgia's Annual Workforce Development Conference. The conference, being held this year at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel Atlanta, will run from Thursday, November 19, through Friday, November 20. A special professional development opportunity , Job Retention: A Radar Approach, is available pre-conference on November 18.

This year's annual conference is sponsored by the Georgia Work Connection. The theme is Focus on the Future. This is an opportunity for you to prepare yourself for future success within the Georgia Work Connection by enhancing your professional and personal growth at the many motivating and informative sessions.

Call Kennesaw State University Continuing Education at (770) 423-6765 or toll free 1-800-869-1151 for more information and to register for the conference.

Welfare to Work Programs
by Gwen Dellinger

The Northwest Georgia Welfare-to-Work Grant began providing services on July 1, 1998. Two contractors serve the fifteen-county area. Rainbow Institutional services provides subsidized work experience for Bartow, Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Haralson, Paulding, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield and On-the-Job training in Fannin, Gilmer, Gordon, Murray, and Pickens counties. Georgia Department of Labor provides On-the-Job training for Bartow, Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Haralson, Paulding, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties.

The On-the-Job program which trains participants in the private sector is particularly attractive since the payments to the participants do not count against the "lifetime" clock for participants receiving a TANF check. Although eligibility guidelines are stringent, people are encouraged to apply since the jobs which can be developed for participants are high paying and provide excellent benefits. Anyone interested in the program may contact 1-800-332-1965 for additional information.

Green Thumb

Hi! It's me again, your Green Thumb Employment Specialist, Vickie Wade. I am happy to announce that my office is now located at the Georgia Department of Labor in Dalton. I can be reached at (706) 270-8009.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Derita Ruff, Field Service Office Manager, for allowing me to become part of her staff. I look forward to working with everyone in the capacity of employment and training services.

The Dalton Department of Labor office is located at 1406 Chattanooga Avenue, Dalton, GA 30720. Their phone number is (706) 272-2301.


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