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July 1999 Newsletter

Teamwork in Action Visit to Florida One-Stop News from North Metro Tech
Technical Assistance New Search Function Kids' Corner
Dalton State College News Workshops/Conferences Save a Tree

Teamwork in Action
by Debbie Gaiser

The Georgia Division of Rehabilitation Services, Pickens High School, the Burnt Mountain Center, and Pickens Technical Career Resource Center have joined efforts in assisting people to become successfully employed. Working with Nancy Mayo, Rehabilitation Services counselor, Work Prep Tech Jan Junkins, and Alex Westbury, account representative with Rehabilitation Services, job readiness classes will be offered by Burnt Mountain Center staff from Tuesday through Fridays at the Pickens Technical Career Resource Center.

Using a variety of instructional media, the classes will also have access to the Pickens Technical Career Resource Center's computer work-related programs. On Mondays, classes will visit the Department of Labor as well as the local library to enhance their vocational awareness.  Reinforcing what the Pickens High students are learning in their school's classrooms, Burnt Mountain Center's job readiness program will continue the focus on developing positive work habits and attitudes. Besides offering the high school job readiness instruction, Burnt Mountain Center can also offer adult classes at the Pickens Technical Career Resource Center. These classes are also designed to assist the client in becoming job ready.  Upon completion of the job readiness classes, students and adults may be placed in the Burnt Mountain Center's work adjustment program. Work adjustment training will occur on job sites within the participant's own community to assist them in their efforts to enter the world of work.

Not only does Burnt Mountain Center offer job readiness classes and work adjustment training in Pickens County, but these services are also offered in Gilmer, Fannin, Murray, and Whitfield counties. For more information regarding these services, please call Burnt Mountain Center at 706-692-6016.


Visit to Florida One-Stop
by Karen White

On June 22, 1999, seven individuals from the Northwest Georgia Area visited a One Stop system in Brevard County, Florida. Mr. Bill Peters, Ms. Derita Ruff and Mr. Mark Ezzell from the Georgia Department of Labor, Ms. Gwen Dellinger from Coosa Valley Regional Development Center, Ms. Karen White from Dalton State College, Ms. Carla Croom from Department of Family and Children Services, and Ms. Jan Whatley from Coosa Valley Technical Institute toured three out of five one stop centers in Brevard County. During the tour, the group visited a store front center, community based center, and community college center. Each center has a full staff with integrated services available to anyone in the community. Customers may receive full services at any center but each center may have a specific focus based on where it is located. The county has established a local board and an advisory committee which gives the one stop centers guidance on policy and funding. One Stop Directors handle day-to-day activities. Staff of each one stop is integrated as a team. This team has created the process that a customer uses to receive services. The county has integrated the school system into the one stop by providing kiosks at area high schools for students or parents to look for job opportunities. Brevard County Job Links have been in existence for three years. During that time, they have developed procedures, renovated spaces for the One Stop system, and worked through many issues. The Northwest Georgia group enjoyed visiting these exciting centers and have many ideas to share with partners in this new system. If you would like more information about Brevard County Job Link, you may visit their web site at.


News from North Metro Tech
by Gary Webb

North Metro Tech Job Training Partnership Program (JTPA) student, Debbie Moore, was elected the state President of the Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) organization. A resident of Bartow County, she is in her second quarter, majoring in the Legal program concentration in Business and Office Technology.

JTPA Coordinator, Gary Webb, was named vice-chairman of the JTPA-Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Transition Committee with the Georgia Job Training Coordinator's Association during its Spring meeting in Macon.

Congratulations Debbie and Gary.


Dalton State College News
by Susan Doesburg

Three of Dalton State College (DSC) JTPA students received awards or scholarships during the DSC Awards Ceremony on April 23, 1999.  Susan Reese and George Walton were presented The Treadwell Non-Traditional Scholarships for $1,000 each. Diane Pierce was selected as Who's Who Among American College Students.

JTPA had 14 students graduate; four were Honor graduates. Diane Pierce and Sue Jordan graduated with Merit. Lisa Parrish and Sandra Utz graduated with Excellence.
Congratulations to all.


Save a Tree 

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Technical Assistance

We have added a Peer Technical Assistance section to the Career Depot web site. It is located at www.careerdepot.org/pta.htm. Do contact us if you have an area of expertise in which you would be willing to provide technical assistance to collaborative partners in our 15-county region. We particularly need individuals with computer applications knowledge.


New Search Function

The Career Depot web site now has a search function that works! To utilize the function, simply type in keyword(s) and a list of and link to all web pages on our site that contain the keyword(s) will be generated. The function will also search the world wide web - your choice. As an aid to navigation, we have added a summary table of contents to the web site.


Kids' Corner

The Northwest Georgia Department of Labor Field Service Office (FSO) located in Fort Oglethorpe has a Kids' Corner. The space includes a kid-sized table and chairs, books, puzzles, and a VCR. The Corner is very popular with children. Dot Hale, Manager, was told by one child that she could not stay and play "cause it's only for kids."

Four old computers have been donated for use in Kids' Corners at the Fort Oglethorpe and LaFayette FSOs and Walker County Family and Children Services. If anyone has children's software for Windows 3.0 to donate, the kids and staff will be most appreciative.


Workshops/Conferences

Welfare as an Addiction: Dealing Effectively with Addictive Personalities
Trainer: Paul E. Clayton; August 5, 1999; Kennesaw State University Continuing Education Center; $175 per person; Project IDEAS 770-423-6369

1999 Labor Market Information Forum
Hyatt Regency Savannah, Savannah, Georgia, August 29 - September 1, 1999, $195 per person, LMI Division 404-656-3177

The Evolution of the Workforce System
Chicago, Illinois, September 7 & 8, 1999, Career Resources 502-574-4780

No One is Unemployable: Creative Solutions for Overcoming Barriers to Employment
Trainer: Debra Angel, September 13 & 14, 1999, Kennesaw State University, Continuing Education Center, $225 per person, Project IDEAS 770-423-6369

Management ‘99 Performance Driven Government
J.W. Marriott at Lenox, Atlanta, Georgia, September 22 - 24, 1999, $395, 781-729-8611

SETA’s Fall Conference
Lexington, Kentucky, October 10 - 13, 1999

DHR Case Management: Choosing to Change, Going Against the Odds & Making It
Rome, Georgia, October 19-22, 1999, 404-463-7287

Georgia Workforce Development Conference
Atlanta, Georgia, December 9-10, 1999


Art, like morality, consists of drawing the line somewhere. --G.K. Chesterton

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