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June 2001 Newsletter

Northwestern Tech News | North Metro Tech News | EARN Program
WIA Trains for Careers | FREE Business Resources | Workshops and Conferences

Northwestern Tech News
by Diane Mayes

When she was laid off from a graphics company, single parent Kim Teems-Daughtery found herself unable to support her children. Kim knew that she had to gain computer graphics knowledge or she would never be able to succeed in the field she loved. She began the Micro-Computer Specialist / Web Master program at NTC in October of 1999. Not only is Kim excelling in all her classes, but she is also a member of the NTC Computer Club and the Student Leadership Council.

Kim was one of the four finalists in the Georgia Occupational Award Leadership (GOAL) competition at NTC. Kim stated: "My most important goal is to show my girls how important education is." Kim is very grateful for the assistance from the WIA program, whose support payments will make it possible for her to complete her program of study. Good luck, Kim.

In the Picture, Left to Right, Northwestern’s 2001 GOAL Recipient
Darla White, Diane Mayes WIA Service Coordinator, and Kim Teems-Daughtery GOAL Finalist

Darla White is a Texan and proud of it. When the company she and her husband worked for closed, they relocated to Trenton, Georgia. Darla was very interested in returning to school to be retrained in both the computer and management fields. Darla was eligible for NAFTA funding since her company relocated to Mexico, which meant she had a limited amount of time in which to accomplish a lot. Darla checked into both Chattanooga State and Northwestern Technical College; she decided that NTC better met her needs, and she started classes in January of 2000. Darla has excelled in all her classes and was nominated as a GOAL candidate by her math instructor. Darla is Northwestern’s GOAL recipient for 2001. She will travel to Atlanta to compete with representatives from Georgia’s 33 other technical schools. Darla has been a joy to work with and is a motivated student. WIA services are being well spent on Darla.

North Metro Tech News
by Gary Webb

Connie Smith, Vice President of Student Services, has been named as Vice President of Economic Development for North Metro Technical College by President Stephen Dougherty. She will continue to be responsible for both Student Services and Economic Development until a replacement is named for VP of Student Services.

Also, Tammy Collum, WIA Career Advisor, has been named the new assistant to Stephen Dougherty, the President of North Metro Technical College. Lynn Huskins has been selected as the WIA Career Advisor on campus. Lynn has served with the college for many years in a variety of administrative capacities and most recently worked with Continuing Education, Economic Development, the Board of Directors and the President's office. The WIA office telephone number remains the same, (770) 975-4026. The WIA fax number is (770) 975-4093. Her e-mail address is lhuskins@nmtcollege.org.

EARN Program

Secretary of Labor Chao announced in April the creation of the Employment Assistance Referral Network (EARN), a national toll-free telephone and electronic information referral service for employers who are seeking to hire workers with disabilities.

EARN is designed to assist employers in locating potential employees with disabilities in their own geographic area. An employer seeking to fill a specific position may contact EARN with the job specifications. EARN staff will then search a database of local employment providers who may have appropriate job candidates with disabilities and send that information back to the employer. The employer can then follow up directly with the service provider in order to connect with applicants.

EARN also offers employers technical assistance. Any subject related to the employment of people with disabilities can be addressed by EARN staff. To contact EARN, call 1-888-695-8289, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. EST. EARN may also be accessed via its web site at www.earnworks.com.

WIA Trains for Careers

Have you ever wondered about the quality of training provided with Workforce Investment Act (WIA) funds? If you have, we have an answer for you. Here are just a few of the career training programs being provided to WIA customers at our technical colleges through Individual Training Accounts (ITAs). We currently have students training in:

Electronic Engineering Technology, Drafting, Computer Programming, Microcomputer Specialist, Accounting, Marketing Management, Automotive Technology, Air Conditioning Technology, Electromechanical Engineering, Electronic Equipment Servicing, Automotive Collision Repair, Commercial Truck Driving, Emergency Medical Technician, Practical Nursing, Child Development, Carpentry, and the list goes on and on.

WIA staff and contractors strive to provide quality training opportunities that benefits workers and employers. For more information, visit our web site www.CareerDepot.org.

FREE Business Resources

Office Depot Online offers more than 75 documents that businesses and employers are free to download and customize for their own professional use. The forms are divided into categories such as Business Finance, Compensation & Benefits, Recruiting & Hiring, Employee Management, Marketing, Worker Safety, Firing & Termination, Vehicles & Equipment, and Starting Your Business.

The web site also has a Small Business Handbook online that includes articles on Starting, Planning, and Marketing Your Business, Getting Financing, etc. In addition, the site includes a section with links to office tools such are hotels, desktop references, directory search, time and weather. To view these resources go to www.officedepot.com. Click on the Business Tools label which will then display links to the three sections mentioned above.

The information can be a valuable resource not only for up-and-running businesses but also for budding entrepreneurs.

Workshops and Conferences

We have received feedback from many people that the list of workshops and conferences included in the CareerDepot.org newsletter is most helpful. Due to space and time limitations we can include Calendar only a limited number. However, as a result of your input, we have added a workshop and conference section to the CareerDepot.org web site. The site currently includes over 60 local and national events extending through January.

If you have any events you wish to include on the calendar, e-mail them to Vandy88@aol.com; forward to Karen Howell, Coosa Valley RDC, P.O. Box 1793, Rome, GA 30162-1793; or fax to Karen at 706.277.7466.

In addition to the information for workforce development professionals and employers, we have added a calendar of local workshops and training opportunities for job seekers. You may forward items to be listed as noted above. Examples of items that may be of interest include job search workshops, resume preparation workshops, supervisory training workshops, job clubs, etc.

A link to both calendars is located on the CareerDepot.org home page. Suggestions for other items to include are welcome.

Career Development Facilitator Training - New sessions in Chattanooga, Kennesaw, and Macon starting in July. Contact Project IDEAS at 770.423.6369 or visit their web site at www.CareerDepot.org/ksuideas.htm for more information.

JETTjCON 2001, Joint Employment & Training Technology Conference, will be held July 16 - 18 in Baltimore, Maryland. JETT*CON2001 features the latest solutions to your program challenges, innovative ways to ensure access and accessibility, the newest technology in system building tools, and a focus on youth including YOUTH Zone, a simulated youth center. For more information, visit www.jetcon.org

Welfare to Work to Self-Sufficiency, a National Conference will be held in Reno, Nevada, August 18 - 21. The national conference is a forum to identify issues, share promising practices, and explore solutions that move individuals from welfare to work to self-sufficiency. Visit www.network-consortium.org for more information.

Alabama 2001 Building on the Basics is the third annual Region 3 Financial and Administrative Conference. Workshops for Financial Management, Grants Management, Oversight, Information Technology, Reporting, and Procurement & Contracting will be available. The conference will be held August 19 - 22 at Perdido Beach Resort, Orange Beach, Alabama. Visit http://www.r4fac.org for more information.

Visit www.CareerDepot.org for dozens more opportunities to increase your knowledge and skills.

 

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