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January 2001 Newsletter

| OMC Calhoun Plant Closes | Dalton State College News | One Stop Training |
| Customer Service Class| Christmas Tree of Services |
| Conferences & Workshops |

OMC Calhoun Plant Closes

December 21st was a bleak day for Outboard Marine Corporation (OMC) Calhoun employees when they learned that the manufacturing plant was closing immediately and they were out of work. In some cases, entire families worked at the plant.

Upon learning that employees would be at the plant the next day beginning at 7 a.m. to pick up their pay check, the Dalton and Rome Department of Labor (DOL) Career Center Managers, Derita Ruff and Mark Ezzell, arranged to have staff on hand to provide a brief orientation to services available for Dislocated Workers and to schedule appointments to file for Unemployment Insurance (U.I.). Coosa Valley RDC Workforce Investment Director, Gwen Dellinger, had staff available to provide information about training opportunities that are available for Dislocated Workers.

Coosa Valley Technical College (CVT) was scheduled to be closed the next week for the holidays; however, when informed of the need for space to process the 598 claimants, President Craig McDaniel immediately offered to open the Calhoun Campus and have staff available to assist the OMC workers. DOL employees from the Blue Ridge, Cartersville, Cedartown, Dalton, and LaFayette Career Centers, and DOL Rapid Response assisted Rome DOL in processing the OMC U.I. claims. By utilizing the CVT computer labs, all claims were processed on December 28 and 29.

The Department of Labor, Coosa Valley Tech, and Coosa Valley RDC are members of the Northwest Georgia One-Stop System Consortium. The hard work and many, many hours of meetings paid off when they were able to respond to and to assist the OMC employees with only a few hours notice.

Dalton State College News

The Certified Customer Service Specialist class sponsored by New Connections and Dalton State College graduated nine students on October 18. A graduation ceremony and reception was held at the Dalton DOL Career Center with Dalton State College President Dr. Jim Burran, Continuing Education Director Dr. David Sargent, and Technical Division Chair Dr. Tom Summer in attendance. Each graduate received a Continuing Education Certificate from Dalton State College.

To start the new year, New Connections to Work is offering various types of training including Microsoft Office and Typing. Job Retention workshops are offered weekly, and Survival Skills for Women workshops will also be available. Contact Karen White at 272.4592 or Dana Wilson at 272.2608 for more information. As always, all classes are free!

Open House at Career Centers

Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond was on hand to celebrate the transition of two of Northwest Georgiaís traditional Department of Labor (DOL) offices to Career Centers. The Northwest Georgia DOL Career Center in Fort Oglethorpe held its Open House on November 28; and the Dalton DOL Career Center, which serves as the regionís full-service one-stop center, held its Open House on December 1. Under the Career Center concept, the agency will, in collaboration with One-Stop partners, offer many more services and opportunities for job seekers and employers. Commissioner Thurmond stated that all 53 offices in Georgia will be renovated and redecorated to exemplify the departmentís change to the new Workforce Investment Act (WIA) concept of service delivery.

Open House Fort Oglethorpe       Open House Fort Oglethorpe      Open House Dalton

Coming Soon -- the Youth Success Academy!!!

One-Stop Training

Coosa Valley Technical College, Calhoun
January 26 * 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Peach Care - Regina Ragland
Follow-up & Support - Beth Kelley
Contact Charlotte Harden at
706.295.6485, fax 706.802.5567 or
email charlotteh@jtpa.cvrdc.org

Customer Service Class Referrals Sought

Dalton State College New Connections to Work is happy to be offering the Certified Customer Service Class again. Classes will begin on Wednesday, January 31 and will end on Friday, February 23. Class times are 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. The classes will be located at the Dalton Career Center, 1406 Chattanooga Ave. Referrals are welcome. There is no charge, and each student will receive credits and a certificate from DSC Continuing Education. Contact Karen White at 272.4592 or Dana Wilson at 272.2608 for more information or to make referrals.

Christmas Tree of Services

The Northwest Georgia Career Center participated at the Catoosa County Library along with 25 other agencies to display their Tree of Services. The Career Center tree was displayed at the library from December 1 through January 7 to promote community awareness of Career Center opportunities. On Sunday, December 17, over 700 individuals attended the special refreshment/viewing event. This event is held annually, and an estimated 1,200 people viewed the 25 service trees this year. For more information about the event, contact Career Center Manager, Dot Hale, at 706.861.1990.

Conferences & Workshops

NASUAís 12th National Older Worker Conference - The New Workforce Development System: Putting the Pieces Together for Mature and Older Workers will be held at the Weston Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta January 21 - 23. The conference will give special attention to issues, techniques, and strategies for effectively working with Workforce Investment Boards and One-Stops to strengthen capacity for providing quality services to mature and older workers. The challenge is to forge a path for service to the growing numbers of older workers and to the employers who will need them. To register or for more information, call 202.898.2578.

Be sure to visit the Career Depot home page for listings of many other conference and workshop opportunities (www.careerdepot.org) .

( New Year from WIA Staff

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