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June 1998 Newsletter

One-Stop Funding Approved Phase II Groundbreaking WACADACHA
Career Development Facilitator Training & Conferences DoL Kudos

One-Stop Funding Approved

Gwen Dellinger, Northwest Georgia JTPA Director, was notified in May that the proposal for regional one-stop funding has been approved. The region has been awarded $84,000 for one-stop activities. The grant will be administered through the Coosa Valley Regional Development Center.

Marti Fullerton, Commissioner of Labor, commended Northwest Georgia for developing a well-though out proposal, taking into account universal access, customer choice, and maximizing connections among agencies. She also stated that the broad inclusion of community partners was impressive.

Commissioner Fullerton noted that Georgia's one-stop system is still new and evolving. At the state level, they plan to provide regions with information and technical assistance in an on-going manner. For the region's part, we must ensure that the collaborative partners are focusing on the customers of the system, employers and job seekers/students, and plan now for continuing our one-stop system efforts when the grant funds end in two years.

Between now and September 30, the one-stop funds will be used to increase the self-service capabilities of the Department of Labor Offices. The Resource Rooms will have equipment and supplies for the use of job seekers. They will also have internet connection which will greatly expand the ability of customers to search for employment opportunities. We expect the first equipment and materials to be available at Employment Offices in July. Watch for progress announcements in future newsletters.


Phase II Groundbreaking

Tom Shanahan, Jimmy Phillips, Cathy Harrison, CVT President Craig McDaniel, and DTAE Commissioner Kenneth Breeden led the celebration and groundbreaking activities held on June 2 in Calhoun for Phase II of the Calhoun/Gordon County Campus of Coosa Valley Technical Institute. Phase II will permit new programs to support existing industry and attract new industry to the newly established industrial park that will be located nearby.


WACADACHA

Remember this name, you'll be hearing it a lot in the future. It stands for the Walker, Catoosa, Dade, and Chattooga Counties Workforce Development Committee. The committee is involved in a multitude of activities in the four-county region including:

• The Career Depot at Walker Technical Institute

• Multi-agency Team Case Management

• Initiatives to help the working poor

• Pilot area for the region's One-Stop Video Telecommunications Project

The agencies working with the Committee include Catoosa County Family & Children Services, Chattanooga Goodwill Industries, Inc., Chattooga County Family & Children Services, Coosa Valley Regional Development Center, Dade County Family & Children Services, LaFayette Department of Labor, Lookout Mountain Community Services, Northwest Georgia Department of Labor (Fort Oglethorpe), Rehabilitation Services, Walker County Family and Children Services, Walker Technical Institute, Walker Tech Job Training Partnership Program, and Walker Tech New Connections to Work.

Collaboration Works in WaCaDaCha!


Freedom is indivisible, and when one man is enslaved, all are not free.  ---John F. Kennedy


Department of Labor Kudos

Gail Summers, a unit supervisor in the Georgia Department of Labor's Northwest Georgia office in Fort Oglethorpe, has been named the department's Supervisor of the Year. The award is given annually to the labor department supervisor who demonstrates the highest degree of dignity, integrity and professionalism and does the best job of promoting high morale and team spirit in one of the department's 53 offices statewide.

Nancy Arp, administrative secretary in the Fort Oglethorpe office has won second place in the department's J. Willie Roundtree Employee Performance Award in the clerical category. The award recognizes outstanding and conscientious service in the field of employment security rendered by an individual through excellence and diligent, dependable and trustworthy performance of assigned duties.

Tom Shanan, a disabled veteran outreach program (DVOP) specialist in the LaFayette office, has been named DVOP of the year by the Georgia Chapter of the International Association of Personnel in Employment Security. The award is given annually to the DVOP who has made the most significant contribution to placing veterans on jobs. And the office where the DVOP works must have consistently achieved or exceeded the criteria established by the U.S. DOL for job placements for veterans.

Bill Peters, District II Director, accepted the Veterans Award in the small office category for the LaFayette office. The award is given annually to the labor department office for the best services provided to veterans.

Congratulations!


Career Development Facilitator

Recognizing that many individuals who currently provide career assistance are not professional counselors, the National Occupational Information Coordinating Committee (NOICC), through its Career Development Institute, developed the designation of Career Development Facilitator (CDF) and designed associated standards and training specifications necessary for credentialing.

This curriculum is now available through Project IDEAS. Both Wynn Montgomery and Darlene Martin have been certified to deliver Career Development Facilitator training to the workforce development community. The curriculum consists of 120 hours divided into four modules (of approximately 30 hours each) which cover the wide range of skills and knowledge needed to provide effective career development facilitation. The modules include:

Module I

• Career Development Facilitator Role

• Adult Development

• Case Management

• Helping Skills

Module II

• Career Development Theory

• Assessment Skills

Module III

• Career/Labor Market Information

• Labor Market Trends

• Employment & Training

Module IV

• Empowerment/Motivation

• Reality Checks

• Career Resource Center

• Ethical/Legal Issues

• Action Planning

This curriculum will be offered over a six-month period. Scheduled to begin on January 5, 6 & 7, the 20 classes will meet the first Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of each month from January to June.

Watch for a brochure for detailed descriptions of each session. For more details or to sign-up to be a member of the first class of 25, contact Darlene Martin at Project IDEAS (770) 423-6369.


Training Opportunities

OMTI: Client Assessment is a two-day session designed to develop and broaden your knowledge about the theory, practice and techniques of client assessment. The seminar will be held in Columbus, Ohio, July 7 & 8, and costs $295.00. However, you will receive a 25% discount if you send three or more staff members.

National Welfare-to-Work Institute: The Changing Role of the Eligibility Worker and Others will be offered June 16 in Columbus, Ohio. The workshop will focus on moving from the function of income maintenance to the function of job placement. The enrollment fee is $165 with, again, a 25% discount for sending three or more employees. Call (800) 232-2579 or (614) 895-7500 for more information about the above two workshops.

Project Ideas: Presentation Skills: Taming Your Butterflies will be offered June 16 at Kennesaw and Writing Effectively June 18 in Macon. Contact Kennesaw State University Continuing Education at (770) 423-6765 or (800) 869-1151 for more information or to register for the workshops. Visit their new web site at www.careerdepot.org/ksuideas.htm for workshops being offered July through December.

Conferences

Watch future newsletters for further information about these two fall conferences: SETA Fall Conference, September 14 - 16, Fort Lauderdale. Georgia Workforce Development Conference, November 19 - 20, Renaissance Waverly Hotel, Atlanta.

Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.

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