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July/August 1997 Newsletter

We've Moved! Interagency Agreement careerdepot.org Congratulations, Beverly
Whitfield Co. One-Stop Career Depot at Walker Tech Imagination Station Child Support Enforcement
Tallatoona Head Start Project Ideas SETA Conference Home Page

We've Moved!

The Northwest Georgia Workforce Development Project is now located at Coosa Valley Technical Institute - Calhoun/Gordon County Campus, 1151 Highway 53 Spur SW, Calhoun, Georgia 30701. We apologize to everyone who has been unable to reach us while we were in transition. You may now reach us as follows: Karen E. Howell, Director, 706-624-1118, e-mail Vandy88@aol.com; Kristy Jones, Secretary, 624-1119; fax 624-1199.

Interagency Agreement

Commissioner of Labor Poythress, Department of Human Services Commissioner Olmstead, and Technical and Adult Education Commissioner Breeden have signed an innovative agreement to pool their efforts on education, employment services, and job skills training. The unique partnership agreement calls for the three agencies to coordinate their financial resources and staffs to provide one-stop shopping for Georgians seeking to improve their skills, find a job, learn a new trade, or embark on a new career.

"I think all of us agree that the development of a work force that is competitive with the world is the key to assuring that every Georgian has a real opportunity to succeed and prosper in the 21st Century," said Poythress. Olmstead stated, "In today's real world of diminishing resources and increasing demand for services, the only way we can really do the job is through collaboration of agencies. It is really pleasing to me to see these three agencies come together to eliminate the redundancy of services. This allows each department to do what it does best, so that we all can get the job done more efficiently and effectively."

"This is a wonderful relationship between Commissioners Poythress, Olmstead and me, as well as the three departments," Breeden said. "There is a growing need to have a high quality, trained and skilled work force with growing emphasis on welfare reform. It is even more important that the three departments formally commit to a unified effort. I think this is a very exciting opportunity for us, but even more so, for the people of the State of Georgia."

The Departments' collaborative effort includes sharing data bases, coordinating intake, assessment and case management, collaborating on job development and referral, as well as referral to education, training and community services.


Our web site has moved. We have the same great job search aids, help wanted listings, education and training opportunities, and resource locators as before; we've just moved to a new location on the internet. Now that we have a new site, watch for exciting new features such as employers' help wanted ads and resumes on line.

Looking for a Job?

Try these Department of Labor Web Sites.

America's Job Bank: http://www.ajb.org/

Georgia Job Information System (JIS): http://www.dol.state.ga.us

Tennessee Employment Security:

North Carolina Employment Security: http://www.esc.state.nc.us/

Alabama Employment Service: http://www.dir.state.al.us/es/ 

Congratulations, Beverly!

Beverly Espy, who wrote the article, "On the Mountain Top," for the May/June newsletter has taken another step to moving off welfare and into the workforce. Beverly has obtained her G.E.D. and has enrolled at Walker Technical Institute in the Commercial Drivers' License program; Covenant Transport has offered her a job. Beverly wants to thank Vince Stalling for teaching her that "if you dream it, you can do it."

Whitfield County One-Stop

We will be meeting with business representatives during the next few weeks to obtain the business perspective on services that should be available in a One-Stop Shop. A planning meeting will be held in September to finalize services to be offered and discuss possible locations for the career center. If your agency is interested in participating in the planning or becoming a contributing partner, please contact Sandy Ott at 272-4410, Dalton College or Karen Howell at 624-1118, Coosa Valley Tech - Calhoun Campus. We welcome participation from all interested agencies and businesses.

"You do what you can for as long as you can, and when you finally can't, you do the next best thing. You back up but you don't give up." Chuck Yeager

Career Depot at Walker Tech

Martha Canada is the new volunteer manager for the Clothes Closet. She will have the Closet open Mondays and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Clothes will be available other times on a emergency basis. If you need clothes to go for a job interview or have just obtained a new job and need clothes to see you through the first year, the Clothes Closet may be able to help you. The community has responded to the need, and the selection is excellent

The Career Depot is offering a series of free workshops open to the public. Topics include Child Support and Recovery Services, Public Housing, Co-dependency/Substance Abuse, Rehabilitation Services, Problems Addressed in the Court System, Dressing for Success on a Budget, Accentuating the Positive: Choosing Clothing that will Complement your Body Type, and Interview Techniques.

Agencies and businesses providing the workshops include Child Support and Recovery, LaFayette Housing Authority, Lookout Mountain Community Services, Rehabilitation Services, Walker County Magistrate, Walker County Home Economist, and Synthetic Industries.

The workshops will be held in Room 116B at the Career Depot at Walker Technical Institute. Call Beverly Mathis or Louise Ramey

Imagination Station

In 1992, three teachers at Calhoun High School contacted the Calhoun/Gordon Council for a Literate Community. They were concerned that many of the students did not have reading materials at home or a place conducive to studying. Further, high school was too late to reach them to develop good habits. They asked if the Council could help in establishing a center where books, magazines and other materials would be available free to all children and their families.

The teachers, the Council and Housing Authority staff met with the resident association of the Authority. The residents quickly rallied to support efforts to establish a center in their community. Without a budget or any money for the project, the call went out to the community for help. The response was overwhelming. The Dalton Regional Library, churches, clubs, and individuals donated shelves, tables and chairs, and hundreds of books, magazines and games for adults and children. High school students painted bookcases, tables, chairs and signs.

As a result of the community's efforts, adults and children can now take part in reading activities, story telling, arts and crafts, Bible Clubs, Scouting programs, cooking, fishing expeditions, folk singing, travel, field trips, and after school study sessions. Students can work with educational computer programs and even prepare their home work on the Station's computers.

Anyone who wants additional information about Imagination Station may contact Patsy O. Thacker, Director, Housing Authority of Calhoun, 111-F South Fair Street, Calhoun GA 30701 (706) 629-9183 or Kyle Smith or Vivian Smith, Council for a Literate Community, P.O. Box 2290, Calhoun GA 30703-2290 (706) 629-3701.

"A hundred years from now, it will not matter what kind of car I drove or the sort of house I lived in. But the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child." Anon.

Child Support Enforcement

The recently enacted welfare reform legislation requires employers to report information on their newly hired employees to a designated State agency to aid in child support enforcement. The Department of Administrative Services (DOAS) is responsible for oversight of reporting in Georgia. Effective July 1, 1997 all employers doing business in Georgia are required to report the hiring of any person who resides or works in this State. Employment and training programs are not exempt from these reporting requirements. The employer of record for worksite training must report any individual who (a) is an employee for purposes of federal income tax withholding from wages (b) will be paid more than 350 hours during a continuous four-month period (c) will have gross earnings of more than $300 each month (d) were required to fill out a new W-4 upon rehiring. If you have any specific questions concerning reporting, you may contact DOAS directly at (404) 657-2498.

Tallatoona Head Start

Gordon County Tallatoona Head Start is taking applications for the 97/98 school year for income eligible children who will turn 3 or 4 years old on or before September 1, 1997. Head Start offers the educational, social, and cultural head start that children need in a flexible learning program, including special needs. Children form a positive self-image and participate in creative activities with other children. For an appointment or information contact Gordon Tallatoona (706) 629-2333. For more information on enrollment, you may contact Cindy Evans at 625-3306.

Project Ideas

Project Ideas is offering two workshops for individuals wanting to improve their assessment skills. Career Assessment: Facilitating the Process will be offered September 24 & 25 at Kennesaw, and Non-Verbal Communications As an Assessment Tool will be offered September 9 in Macon.

Career Assessment is a two-day course taught by Darlene Martin. Darlene will discuss several formal and informal assessments, and participants will have the opportunity to take the Self-Directed-Search and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator as an aid to understanding how personality affects career/life decisions. The JTPA/GDL rate for the course is $100; the rate of others is $150.

Non-Verbal Communication will be taught by Joseph Rulo. The course will provide an understanding of how attitudes, values, motives, and emotional states can influence the problem solving process and lead to more positive outcomes for clients. The JTPA/GDL rate for the workshop is $120; the rate for others is $180.

To register for or obtain information about the two assessment and other workshops being offered by Projects Ideas, call Wynn or Darlene at (770) 423-6369, (800) 869-1151; or visit http://www.student.org/ksu.

The Georgia Workforce Development Conference will be held December 2 - 3, 1997, at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel, Marietta Georgia. Watch the Project Ideas training schedule for more information.

The North Carolina Workforce Development Partnership Conference will be held November 3-5, 1997, at the Holiday Inn Four Seasons in Greensboro, North Carolina. We will provide more details as we receive them.

SETA Conference

The fall conference of the Southeastern Employment and Training Association will be held in Mobile, Alabama, September 28 through October 1, 1997. The conference will offer workforce development professionals throughout the Southeast an educational forum to enhance their professional growth and development.

Workshops will be offered on welfare, school-to-work programs, one-stop career centers, and high skills/high wage occupations. Information will also be provided on the latest developments in national workforce initiatives. The Honorable Alexis Herman, the recently appointed Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor, has been invited to return to her hometown to address Conference attendees.

If you register by September 5, the conference fee is $225 for members and $250 for non-members. The fees are $25 higher after September 5. Dues for membership in SETA are only $10 per year. Contact Southeastern Employment and Training Association, 2767 Westbury Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32303, (850) 562-2108, e-mail clsseta@tdo.infi.net for information about the conference or joining SETA.

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