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February 2000 Newsletter

Workshop Rescheduled Work in Action Wallin Joins Jobs Board
North Metro Tech News Meeting the Millennium Challenge Lifelong Learning

Workshop Rescheduled

The John Chamberlin Workshop Negotiating Workforce Investment Act Performance Goals that was to be held on January 28, 2000, Macon, has been rescheduled for February 16, 2000 at Kennesaw. Contact Project IDEAS at 770.423.6369 for more information or to register.

Mr. Chamberlin will also present Youth Services Under WIA in Rome, GA on February 17, 2000. The workshop will be held at Heritage Hall, Floyd College, Centre Stage from 9 - 4. Contact Coosa Valley RDC to register for this workshop. There will be no cost for Northwest Georgia Collaborative Partners (SDA-1). The fees for partners will be paid through the Coosa Valley RDC, Job Training Partnership Program.

Don't miss this opportunity to learn about Youth Services under the Workforce Investment Act. Call Carol Lockett at 706.295.6485 or e-mail caroll@jtpa.cvrdc.org.

 Work in Action

Our next Work in Action workshop will be held on February 11 at Coosa Valley Technical Institute, Calhoun, in the Distance Learning Center. The workshop will start at 9:30 and end at 3:00. On the agenda are updates on the Workforce Investment Act, the Department of Labor Integrated Services pilot project, and a workshop on the Care and Feeding of Computers.

Lori Hackney of the Gordon County Extension Service will have a special presentation from 2:00 to 3:00 on Interior Design Techniques for One-Stops and Business Offices. She will provide information about the effective use of color and inexpensive ways to transform your workspaces into more friendly, professional sites. To register for this free workshop, contact Carol Lockett, Coosa Valley RDC at 706.295.6485 or e-mail caroll@jtpa.cvrdc.org.

Wallin Joins Jobs Board
Chattanooga Free Press 2-3-00

Workforce development in Northwest Georgia lies in the hands of one Catoosa County woman. Melinda Lemmon Wallin was appointed by Gov. Roy Barnes to Georgia's Workforce Investment Board. Ms. Wallin is the only board representative for the 15-county Northwest Georgia area.

Ms. Wallin is executive director of the Catoosa County Development Authority, which works for economic and community development in the county. AI am looking forward to continuing successful partnerships with county, regional and state workforce development partners to best meet the needs of area employers,@ she said. Existing industries will remain a top priority.

The 55-member board was created in response to the Federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998. Members will oversee the development of the workforce investment plan and distribute funds to a variety of job training programs. The first meeting of the Board was postponed due to bad weather. The meeting has been rescheduled for February 11 and February 12, 2000.

North Metro Tech News
Gary Webb

Dianne Tate, former North Metro Tech's Planning and Development Director, is now the Director of the Cartersville satellite center of North Metro Tech. She will report to Alex Wittig, Vice President of Instructional Services. Dianne will have administrative oversight for the center, its instructional staff, continuing education coordination and some teaching duties as well. She will also continue serving as an advisor to Workforce Development initiatives as well as campus marketing activities.

The JTPA/Workforce Development office will now report directly to the President of North Metro Tech, Dr. Ken Allen, as part of the school's initiative to enhance the Employability Center as a multi-purpose satellite to the One-Stop operations at Cartersville Department of Labor Workforce Center.

Meeting the Millennium Challenge

The Business 2000 Outlook Conference will be held February 23, 2000, from 11:30 - 1:45 at the Coosa County Club in Rome. The conference is designed to help you understand the effects of the rapidly changing global economy on the U. S., and the vast possibilities of meeting those changes by embracing e-commerce. The conference is sponsored by the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce and Berry College's Center for Continuing Education. The cost is $25 for the first person, then $20 for each additional person from the same firm. You must register by February 11 to guarantee lunch. Call Berry College Center for Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning Center at 706.232.5374 for more information.

Lifelong Learning
Molly Ayer

Under the new WIA legislation, it will be possible to service mature, incumbent workers in addition to those who already receive assistance. Already the U.S. Department of Labor has released a report which analyses the barriers, motivation, and financial aid of mature, incumbent workers in the Baltimore area. The Lifelong Learning Demonstration tried to encourage adults to invest in further education by providing them with a brochure which listed schools and programs offered in their area, along with financial aid information, specifically the Federal Direct Student Loans. However, this intervention did not have a statistically significant impact on college admissions. They did manage to gather some important background information through follow-up surveys conducted over a two-year period.

Of those mature, incumbent workers who participated in further education, over half were 36 or older, nearly three-fourths had been married, half had children living in their households, and almost half had a Bachelor's Degree or higher. Thirty nine percent of the participants enrolled in two year undergraduate programs, 25 % enrolled in four year undergraduate programs, 19 % in private career or training instruction, and 18 % went on to graduate school. The most common areas of study were computer and information sciences, business management, and education. Over 77 % cited "personal enrichment" as a very important reason for returning to school. Other reasons commonly cited as very important were improving the chances of finding another job, increasing the amount of money they earn, and being able to do their job better.

The majority of the students said that finding time to do homework and balancing work responsibilities with school in addition to paying for school were the "biggest problems" they faced when trying to engage in further education or training. Another significant problem was child care and trying to schedule work and classes around each other. The report even suggested trying to provide mature, incumbent workers who were interested in receiving additional education with inexpensive counseling services during non-business hours or by telephone. They also suggested employer involvement and possible tuition reimbursement

Burin, Larry, Larry Orr, Satyendra Patrabansh 1999 (June). The Lifelong Learning Demonstration: Final Evaluation Report on the Experimental Site. A report prepared for the U.S. Department of Labor by Abt Associates Inc., Bethesda, MD.


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