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July 2005 Newsletter

| May 2005 WIB News | Federal WIA Funds to Georgia Cut | Youth Summit Brings Enthusiastic Crowds |
| Dates to Remember | WIA Youth Success Story | North GA Employer Committee is New One-Stop Partner for Blue Ridge Career Center |

May 2005 WIB News

At the May 18, 2005 Northwest Georgia Workforce Investment Board (WIB)/Council of Chief Elected Officials (CCEO) meeting new CCEO members were introduced. New members include Bill Clark, Catoosa County, Mike Dawson, Chattooga County, Ben Brandon, Dade County, Allen Poole, Haralson County, James Welch, Murray County, Robert Jones, Pickens County, and Brian Anderson, Whitfield County.

Guest speakers John Lawrence and Faye Duzan from the Georgia Department of Labor presented the WIB with labor market information for the northwest Georgia area as a useful tool for area planners. Each member received a CD-ROM with additional data.

Mr. Lawrence reported that the fifteen county area grew from 548,219 to 697,410 in 1990 to 2000. Although the northwest Georgia unemployment rate in March 2005 was 4.8% and is below the state average, the area has in fact the third highest number of unemployed—18,605. Manufacturing, although declining is still approximately 29.3% of total employment in northwest Georgia.

Also at the meeting, Buddy Harrison of the Youth Council reported that plans are being made for a one-day strategic planning session for the Youth Council at Northwestern Technical College. Project IDEAS will facilitate this session to be held July 13, 2005.

Another item of business was requested by North Metro Technical College for the inclusion of Certified Manufacturing Specialist due to employer interest. This was approved by the WIB.

Federal WIA Funds to Georgia Cut

Budgetary cuts are imminent for the Northwest Georgia WIB youth and adult programs. Mrs. Gwen Dellinger, Workforce Investment Director, attended a state meeting with Commissioner Thurmond in Macon last month and was told that the youth program will be cut by $133,604, an 18.12% decrease. Staff will request additional funds but the amounts available will be small since the state received a youth decrease of 10.79%. The adult program was cut $124,408, a 17.74% decrease. Statewide reductions were 10.23% in WIA adult funds so additional funds may not be forthcoming.

Limited in-school youth services will be available for fiscal year 2005-2006 unless additional funds are received. In-school programs have existed in some form in northwest Georgia for 20 years, first through the Job Training Partnership Program and later WIA. It is with much regret that these many of these services are ending. Service providers of the in-school programs will be the honored guests at the July 20, 2005 Workforce Investment Board meeting to be held at B.J.’s Restaurant in Calhoun, Georgia. They will be recognized for their years of hard work and service to the program.

Youth Summit Brings Enthusiastic Crowd

Floyd College was the site of the 5th Northwest Georgia Youth Summit held in April. One hundred and seventeen participated in the summit, including youth participants, speakers, and vendors. The summit was organized by youth council members representing students in the 15 northwest Georgia counties. The council members brainstormed about topics they felt were of importance to their peers. Workshop sessions included a subjects such as teen pregnancy, methamphetamine awareness, career exploration, financial aid, disability awareness, job interviewing skills, the hazards of smoking, public speaking, and service learning opportunities.

Special guest speaker, Dr. Stephen Sroka, presented “The Power of One” which is a leadership seminar on “doing the right thing, right now, making a difference”. A sample of the comments by the youth on Dr. Sroka’s session were, “Loved it!”, “Bring it to my school—every year”, “Bring him back”, and “It was awesome!”

For information on Dr. Stephen Sroka’s seminars visit www.drstephensroca.com. 

The youth participants evaluated the summit at the end of the day and overwhelmingly gave very good and excellent ratings on all topics. All 68 responses to the evaluation stated they would like to attend another youth summit. Comments by the youth from this summit will be used to design the next summit. Preparations will begin in the fall for the spring of 2006.

Dates to Remember

Workforce Innovations 2005—July 11-13, 2005 Philadelphia, PA. For more information please call 1-800-984-6054 or visit www.workforceinnovations.org

The 2005 National Conference on Workforce Development and Job Placement Strategies for Health Care—July 26-27, 2005, Arlington, VA. For more information call 703-894-0481 or visit www.performanceweb.org

Workforce Development Campus through James Madison University offers e-learning opportunity. Register by July 1 for July 11-August 6 session. Enhance your marketing, planning, organizational assessment, facilitation, and program evaluation. Visit www.jmu.edu/wdc for more information.

Workforce Summit 2005—October 12-12, 2005, Orlando FL. For on-line registration visit www.dynamicinstitute.com.

“Communities Respond to Youth Gangs in America” videoconference sponsored by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, August 11, 2005 at 1:30. To register and for more information visit website http://www.trc.eku.edu/jj/.

WIA Youth Success Story

Angela Nason, a student in the WIA Youth Success Academy at Northwestern Technical College, participated in the Phi Beta Lambda Competition in Atlanta on April 15-17, 2005. Angela, who also serves as Vice President of the Northwestern PBL Chapter, competed in Accounting Principles.

When asked about the competition Angela stated, “The skills and training I am receiving will enable me to find competitive employment in the are of accounting.” Angela has currently taken coursework in Payroll, Income Tax Fundamentals, and Principles of Accounting while in the WIA Youth ITA Program at Northwestern Technical College. Upon graduation, Angela is considering the areas of Bookkeeping or Inventory to jump start her career in the field of accounting.

Congratulations, Angela!

North Georgia Employer Committee is New One-Stop Partner for Blue Ridge Career Center

Upon the recommendation of the Northwest Georgia Workforce Investment Board, the North Georgia Employer Committee was formally made a One Stop Partner with the Blue Ridge Career Center.

At the March meeting of the Executive Committee a recommendation from Blue Ridge Career Center Manager, Lisa Adkisson was made requesting that the North Georgia Employer Committee be made a formal partner in the One Stop System. The employer committee is known for their outstanding involvement with the Career Center services and their partners including, education, local chambers and economic development and the business communities of Fannin, Gilmer and Pickens counties. Approval to become a partner was made by the Committee at their April meeting. Area businesses will be able to tap into all the resources offered by the Blue Ridge Career Center’s One Stop “mountains of community services.”