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December 2000 Newsletter

| Bennett Names Chairman | Goodwill Industries of Dalton | Rome Career Center |
| Ready, Set, One-Stop | Conferences & Workshops |

Bennett Named Chairman

David Bennett, Director Region I Division of Rehabilitation Services, was recently selected as Chairman for the Region I Northwest Workforce Consortium. The Consortium is operator for the Northwest Georgia One-Stop System.

Other members of the Consortium include:
Dan Aultman, District Director Region I, Georgia Department of Labor; James Layton, Executive Director, Coosa Valley RDC; Sylvester Royal, Area I Field Coordinator, Department of Family and Children Services; Ken Allen, President, North Metro Technical College; Janet Ayers, President, West Central Technical College; Ray Brooks, President, Northwestern Technical College; James Burran, President, Dalton State College; Harlon Crimm, President, Chattahoochee Technical College; Craig McDaniel, President, Coosa Valley Technical College; and Nancy Proffitt, President, Appalachian Technical College. Dr. Brooks serves as the voting member for the colleges.

Everything is okay in the end. If itís not okay, itís not the end.

Goodwill Industries of Dalton

Goodwill Industries of Chattanooga has become Dalton Department of Labor Career Centerís newest partner. Goodwill Industries, a non-profit agency, seeks and encourages people with disabilities and disadvantages to achieve their fullest capabilities and personal development through employment.

The Dalton branch, under the leadership of Case Manager Scott Sangster, offers community-based work evaluation and adjustment as well as instruction in job readiness and job keeping skills. Scott can be reached at his new office in the Dalton Career Center at 706.370.7887 by those wishing to learn more about bringing people together through the power of work.

Youth Corner

Angela Garrett, Rome Housing Authority Lead GED Instructor, is especially proud of one of the youth who took part in the Summer Employment program. She reported to Coach Dwight Henderson who coordinated the program for the Rome Board of Education that Veronica Marshall received her GED on July 29, 2000. Veronica is currently enrolled at Coosa Valley Technical College where she plans to focus on early childhood education.

While pursuing her studies, Veronica is employed in a part-time position at Rome Housing Authorityís (RHA) Wee Care Day Center as Lead Teacher in the three and over classroom. She is in the process of receiving CPR certification. Additionally, Veronica volunteers in RHAís After School Tutorial Program and is mentoring a young RHA Learning-by-Learning participant. Veronica also acts as an RHA GED Ambassador, encouraging students who are currently enrolled in the GED program.

Because of her numerous accomplishments and determination, Veronica is a candidate for the 2000-2001 RHA scholarship which is awarded annually to a resident/GED graduate for outstanding efforts.

For further information about the Rome BOE Youth Program and the many Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Youth programs offered throughout Northwest Georgia, contact Wanda Williams at the Coosa Valley RDC, 706.295.6485 or wandaw@jtpa.cvrdc.org.

Rome Career Center
by Candice Holstein

Responding to the announced layoff of over 400 employees, the Rome Department of Labor Career Center opened a career resource center on-site at Galey & Lord in Rome. The resource center was opened to help employees find other positions, access training opportunities, etc. Many community resources were coordinated through the center.

The Rome office also coordinated two job fairs prior to the layoff where local employers were invited to spend the afternoon recruiting, interviewing, and accepting applications for their businesses. In addition, the Career Center sponsored several "Lunch and Learns" that included resume preparation, job seeking skills, etc. As a result of the coordinated efforts, over 50 employees were able to find positions prior to the official layoff date. The Career Center Manager, Mark Ezzell, can be reached at 706.295.6145 or Mark.Ezzell@dol.state.ga.us.

Ready, Set, One-Stop Training
January 26, 2001
featuring Beth Kelley
Project IDEAS
Watch for details!

Conferences & Workshops

Assessment in the Workforce Investment System
is being presented by Sandra Hastings, an associate with Greg Newton Associates January 30. The seminar will be held at OMTI Workforce Training Institute, Columbus, Ohio. Phone 614.895.7500 or visit www.omti.8m.com for more information.

Pennsylvania Workforce Summit 2001 will be held at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center, Hershey, PA January 24 - 26, 2001. This Summit is billed as "Your resource for making workforce decisions in the global economy." Visit www.paworkforce.state.pa.us for more information.

Journey to Performance Excellence 2001 will be held at the Anaheim Hilton January 30 - February 2. The conference is sponsored by Workforce Excellence Network, www.workforce-excellence.net. The Journey is the premier performance excellence conference of the workforce investment system, providing leading edge information on creating effective and innovative strategies that result in performance excellence.

Lessons in Leadership with Stephen Covey is being sponsored by Georgia State Universityís Division of Continuing Education, Wednesday, February 7 at the Cobb Galleria Centre. For full details call 800.873.3451 or visit www.wyn.com.

The National Association of Workforce Boards presents Workforce Boards: Leading the Way February 25 - 27 in Washington, D.C. Visit www.nawb.org for updates.

Southeastern Employment and Training Association (SETA) Spring 2001 Conference will be held at Kingston Plantation in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, March 4 - 7. Visit SETAís web site at www.seta.org for more information.

One-Stop Workforce Development Conference will be held March 23 - 27 in Portland, Oregon. The conference will convene national, state, and local partners from all sectors to exchange ideas and experiences. We will provide additional information as we receive it.

A Job Search Training Conference on a Personal Note, the 2001 AJST Conference, will be held March 25 - 28 in Nashville, Tennessee, at Sheraton Music City. For more information, contact the Registration Chair at 941.936.3903 or rii@resourceinnovations.com.

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