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February 1999 News

Communication from the Director Dalton One-Stop Staffing Succeeds
Ready, Set, One-Stop Swap Shop Workshops
Fannin, Gilmer, Pickens Collaborative

Communication from the Director

The following article appeared in Mountain View and was written by David Bennett, Region 1 Rehabilitation Services Director. It reflects the views of many of us in Northwest Georgia who have been involved in the collaborative efforts during the past year.

As we close out 1998, I found myself reflecting on the past year of growth within our DRS region. We were taking more referrals, writing more work plans, and assisting more individuals to work.

As I reflected on how this improvement occurred, I realized that the primary reason was the development of community partnerships. This past year has been one of relationship/partnership building for individual employees, hubs, and the region as a whole. We have all become totally committed to the Georgia Work Connection and its goal of work for all Georgians. We now collaborate with federal, state, and community agencies as never before.

Perhaps the most important impact of developing community partnerships has been our ability to form relationships with employers in our communities. Improved relationships with the business community have resulted in increased successful employment outcomes for northwest Georgians with disabilities.

  Life's Lesson: You can keep going long after you can't.  

Dalton One-Stop
by Jeff Cox, DOL Dalton

On January 4, 1999, several Dalton-based state agencies formed what would eventually be identified as the One-Stop Resource Center (OSRC). The overall objective for this effort would be to use a collaborative strategy to serve the needs of Whitfield and Murray Counties' residents. Various service providers, including Family and Children Services, Department of Labor, Vocational Rehabilitation, Child Support Recovery, Green Thumb, Dalton State College, Department of Technical and Adult Education, New Connections to Work, Job Training Partnership Program, and the recently enacted Fatherhood Initiative program, have their respective staff available to area residents.

The OSRC is housed in the Georgia Department of Labor=s Dalton Field Services office at 1406 Chattanooga Avenue. In this office are six personal computers to assist with resume development, career interests, typing speed and accuracy, and labor market information; also a resource library containing books, manuals and guides to navigate the job seeker toward lucrative employment. Office machines, such as a typewriter and photocopier are available for use as needed.

Customers are first seen in scheduled groups on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays by agency representatives who describe available programs or services. Then the participants are encouraged to meet one-on-one with a staff member from the appropriate agency. In January, 394 customers were served with assistance provided concerning delinquent child support payments, food stamps, Medicaid, job referrals and placement, college enrollment, cash assistance, vocational rehabilitation, and on-the-job training.

Family and Children Services has access to their agency=s AGO@ screen in the DOL office. Three terminals are set-up for this purpose. This allows direct entry of intake files, saving time, and making the information more accessible to the One-Stop staff.

For information pertaining to this on-going project, contact Ms. Derita Ruff, DOL Field Service Office Manager, at (706) 272-2301 or Ms. Cheryl Mathis, DFCS Unit Supervisor, at 706) 272-2882.


Staffing Succeeds
Johnnie Lewis, DOL Manager LaFayette

At the request of Fatherhood Initiative and Child Support Recovery, the first area staffing roundtable conference was conducted on December 22, 1998. Department of Labor, Family and Children Services, Department of Technical and Adult Education Fatherhood Initiative, Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Goodwill Industries, and Child Support Recovery representatives met on behalf of customer, David D. Blackmon. Mr. Blackmons multiple barriers were addressed by each agency by pooling their resources before job referral was considered.

Ann Hudsputh, Georgia Department of Labor, LaFayette, Georgia, was successful in placing Mr. Blackmon in a job through Allied Job Placement Services at Mount Vernon Mills. David was hired on January 19, 1999 as a material handler at $6.00 per hour.

Participants in the staffing roundtable conference were: Sylvia Hall, Family & Children Services; Christy Nunley, Goodwill Industries; Lisa Helbing, Rehabilitation Services, Vince Stallings, Fatherhood Initiative Northwestern Technical Institute; Phyllis Maddox, Child Support Recovery; Ann Hudsputh, Georgia Department of Labor.


Life=s Lesson: Our background and circumstances may influence who we are,
but we are responsible for who we become.


Ready, Set, One-Stop

Our next Ready, Set, One-Stop will be held on March 12, 1999, at Dalton State College, 213 College Drive, Dalton GA in the Cherokee Conference Room, Wescott Center. We will start at 9:30 a.m. and end by 2:00 p.m.

The main topic of the meeting will be Core Services and How to Provide Them Under the Workforce Investment Act. Come with your thinking caps on and be prepared to work! We also will be providing a short session on An Introduction to Basic Internet Usage. Please contact Carol Lockett 706-295-6485 to register.


Fannin, Gilmer, Pickens Collaborative

Above is a picture of the Fannin, Gilmer, and Pickens Collaborative Meeting held in December 1998. Agencies represented at the meeting were Pickens Technical Institute, Department of Labor, Pickens County Family & Children Services (DFCS), Fannin County DFCS, Gilmer County DFCS, Rehabilitation Services, and Coosa Valley Regional Development Center.

At the meeting Sandy Ott provided an update on the new facilities housing the Job Training Partnership Program, New Connections to Work Program, and guest agencies at Pickens Tech. The new offices provide more space for a resource room and supplies and equipment for individuals seeking one-stop services.


Swap Shop

Now that everyone is onboard and the Workforce Development System is in full swing, demand is exceeding the available money. We need the help of individuals, agencies, and businesses to provide resources and services for our area residents. Some of our needs include:

Computers - newer and older models. Several of our Family & Children Services & Labor Department offices would like to eliminate waiting rooms and have resource rooms including educational items for children. Now is the time to upgrade your computer and get a tax write-off for your out-of-date model!

Software & Books - how to write resumes and cover letters, how to prepare for interviews, how to utilize various software programs, children=s educational programs, maps, etc. Anyone with old Tandy software?

Office Equipment - faxes, copiers, scanners, typewriters, video cameras, etc.

You donate it, & we=ll come get it!
Call Karen at 706-272-2301.


Workshops

A seminar sponsored by the DALTON EMPLOYER COMMITTEE will be held on Thursday, March 18th at Dalton State College. This seminar will address ways in which local employers can receive tax credits and training cost reimbursements through federal and state Labor Department Programs. The cost is $35 per attendee B reservations are encouraged by calling Ms. Derita Ruff at the Georgia Department of Labor at Dalton at 706-272-2301.

Training for the Workforce R/Evolution, March 15-17 Colonial Williamsburg VA. For information, contact NAJST, P.O. Box 1484, Pacifica CA 94044, fax 650-359-3089.

SETA Spring Conference, March 27-31 Savannah GA. For information contact Carolyn Staerker, 2767 Westbury Drive, Tallahassee FL 32303, 850-562-2108.

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