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December 1998 Newsletter

JTPA Excels Rehab Services Honors New Look for DOL
Dalton College 4-Year Career Facilitator Training EBT in Pickens County
  WIA Intensive Services  

SDA-1 JTPA Excels

Gwen Dellinger, Northwest Georgia Job Training Partnership Program (JTPA) Director, recently announced that the Northwest Georgia program met and exceeded all six of the National Performance Standards for disadvantaged participants for the Program Year ended June 30, 1998. The SDA also met all five and exceeded three of the Performance Measures for Dislocated Workers and met four of its Performance Improvement Goals.

In a letter to Private Industry Council Chairman, Addison Layson, Georgia Department of Labor Assistant Commissioner Andrea Harper congratulated the Northwest Georgia SDA for its excellent performance. In recognition of its outstanding performance, SDA-1 received a $53,354 Incentive Award; and Beth Kelley, Assistant JTPA Director, was presented with a plaque at the Georgia Workforce Development Conference in Atlanta on November 19.


Rehabilitation Services Honors

David Bennett, Region One Director, was awarded the J. Ellis Moran Outstanding Leadership Award for his contribution to Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) staff and people with disabilities in Region I. Lisa Helbing was awarded the Professional Achievement Award for her outstanding commitment and dedication to people with disabilities. Nancy Crowder was selected to participate in the Leadership Rome XVI Program sponsored by the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce.


New Look for DOL

The Northwest Georgia Department of Labor Offices are taking on a new look. The field service offices in Blue Ridge, Cartersville, Cedartown, Dalton, Fort Oglethorpe, LaFayette, and Rome are increasing the capacity of their Career Resource Libraries. The area's One-Stop Implementation grant has been used to purchase computers, printers, scanners, fax machines, video cameras, TV/VCRs etc. for the use of job seeking customers and collaborative partners. In the near future all offices will have internet access to expand customers' job search capabilities.

 

Johnnie Lewis, Manager, and Charlotte Harden, CVRDC, set up computers, printers, scanners, and video telecommunications equipment at the LaFayette Field Service Office

Dalton College -- Four Year is Here!

Dalton College now offers three brand new four-year degrees. The three are:

  • Bachelor of Science in Industrial Operations Management to be offered Fall 1999. The program will focus on developing competencies and skills in materials and production processes, cost analysis, process planning and control, safety management, and manufacturing process.
  • Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems Fall 1999. The 120-semester hour program will focus on developing skills in strategic policy and finance, computer information system design, analysis and control, and proficiency with local and global telecommunications systems.
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Technology Management Fall 2000. This degree program prepares technical professionals in a variety of areas, depending upon the program of study completed at the AAS or AAT level, acts as a ladder to the baccalaureate degree, and offers career advancement opportunities to students who begin their educations in technical programs.

For more information call 706-272-4436 or 800-829-4436 or visit their web site at http://www.dalton.peachnet.edu. Congratulations Dalton State College!


Career Facilitator Training

Career Development Facilitator Training is being offered by Project Ideas starting in January in Kennesaw. The cost of the training is $1,500 and includes instruction and materials for all 18 sessions. The lead trainer for the course is Darlene Martin, a National Certified Career Counselor and a Certified Career Development Facilitator Trainer. The curriculum consists of 120 hours divided into four modules; the modules cover the full range of skills and knowledge needed to provide effective career development facilitation. Contact Kennesaw State University Continuing Education at (770) 423-6765 or 1-800-869-1151 to register. Hurry. Space is limited.


EBT in Pickens County

EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) is the new way people will receive cash and food stamp benefits. Recipients will use a small plastic debit card called a Benefit Security Card to access benefits from automated teller machines (ATMs) and point of sale terminals at supermarkets and other participating stores. They will have their own personal identification number (PIN) to access their benefits. Recipients may also choose to have their TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) or SSI (Supplemental Security Income) benefits deposited into their personal bank accounts.

Advantages

For recipients making purchases in stores, EBT cards will reduce the stigma associated with paying with food stamp coupons. It also greatly reduces the incidence of mail loss and theft. For state and federal government, EBT will reduce the incidence of fraud, theft, and abuse. EBT will streamline the benefit delivery system and eliminate the cost of printing, storing, handling, and disposing of coupons and checks. Food stamp benefits will be spent solely on food since recipients can no longer receive cash back from coupons.

Retailers will no longer have to process food stamp coupons or checks. EBT increases the speed and efficiency of transactions at checkout lanes. Retailers will usually receive their money in one day rather than an average of three days.

Start Up

Georgia has been working for some time with seven (7) other Southern states to develop an EBT system. Bibb County began issuing TANF and food stamp benefits through EBT on July 1, 1998, and the system has reported to be very successful. Full Georgia implementation is planned by the end of 1998. Pickens County began implementation November 1, 1998.

For more information about EBT, contact the Pickens County Department of Family & Children Services (DFCS), Jasper, GA (706) 692-4701. Thanks to Loralie Arnold, Pickens DFCS, for providing the information for this article.


One-Stop Shops: Intensive Services

September's Newsletter listed the core services which are required to be provided to all customers through a one-stop system. Following are Intensive Services which may be provided to adults or dislocated workers still unable to find employment after receiving core services, unemployed individuals, or employed individuals determined by One Stop operators to need services:

1) Comprehensive and specialized assessments of skill levels and service needs including (a) diagnostic testing and use of other tools and (b) in-depth interviewing and evaluation to identify barriers and appropriate employment goals; 2) Development of an Individual Employment Plan including (a) identifying employment goals, (b) identifying achievement objectives, and (c) appropriate combinations of services to achieve goals and objectives; 3) Group Counseling; 4) Individual Counseling and Career Planning; 5) Case Management for those seeking training services; 6) Short term pre-vocational services to prepare for employment, i.e., development of (a) learning skills, (b) communication skills, (c) interviewing skills, (d) punctuality, (e) personal maintenance skills, and (f) professional conduct.

Training services that may be provided through a one-stop system will be included in a future newsletter.

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