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March 2002 Newsletter

| Congratulations Dalton One-Stop Center | | Dr. Brooks Elected Chairman | | Youth Summit |
| Congratulations, Wanda! | | Endless Opportunities News | | Murray County DFCS Partners with WIB/CCEO |
| Cheers for Shiranna Davis | | Education Priorities 2002 - 2007 |

Congratulations Dalton One-Stop Career Center

The Dalton One-Stop Career Center partners were recently notified that the Center has been selected to represent Georgia in the One-Stop video being produced in cooperation with the South Carolina Media Center. A selection committee comprised of two U.S. Department of Labor regional office staff and three Media Center staff evaluated all the submissions from Region 3 States and selected Dalton as Georgiaís representative.

The production schedule will continue through spring with the final product available by June 2002. The video will be shown at the fall Southeastern Employment and Training Association (SETA) Conference in Mobile. Those interested in attending the Conference will find information on the SETA web site (www.seta.org).

The Dalton Career Center was the first full-service one-stop center designated by the Northwest Georgia Workforce Investment Board (WIB) and Coosa Valley/North Georgia Council of Chief Elected Officials (CCEOs). Partners located in the One-Stop Center include the Department of Labor, Dalton State College, Family and Children Services, Rehabilitation Services, Dalton Crisis Center, and Coosa Valley Regional Development Center.

People wanting information about the WIB, CCEO, and Northwest Georgia One-Stop System can visit www.CareerDepot.org or telephone 800.332.1965. Those desiring more information about the Dalton Career Center can contact Derita Carter, Manager, at Derita.Carter@dol.state.ga.us or telephone 706.272.2301.

Dr. Brooks Elected Chairman

Dr. Ray Brooks, President Northwestern Technical College, was elected Chairman of the Region One Northwest Workforce Consortium at a meeting held on January 29. The Consortium is Operator of the Northwest Georgia One-Stop System.

Dr. Brooks replaced David Bennett, Director Region I Division of Rehabilitation Services, who had served in the position since the Consortiumís inception. The other Northwest Georgia Operators include the Georgia Department of Labor, represented by Dan Aultman; Family and Children Services, represented by Sylvester Royal; Coosa Valley Regional Development Center, represented by James Layton; and Presidents Janet Ayers, West Central Technical College; Dr. James Burran, Dalton State College; Harlon Crimm, Chattahoochee Technical College; Stephen Dougherty, North Metro Technical College; Craig McDaniel, Coosa Valley Technical College; and Nancy Proffitt, Appalachian Technical College. For more information about the Northwest Georgia One-Stop System, please visit www.CareerDepot.org.

Youth Summit

The Youth Council of Northwest Georgia sponsored a Youth Summit on February 23, 2002, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Lakeview Building, Floyd College Main Campus, Rome, Georgia. The purpose of the Summit was to assist the Youth Council in planning activities for developing employability skills and to provide youth active in the various local youth councils the opportunity to develop leadership skills. Input regarding how the youth feel that SCANS competencies could best be taught in their communities was specifically addressed.

Many businesses and organizations contributed items, resources, and cash to help make the Summit a great success. The youth web site, www.YouthSuccessAcademy.org, has a list of the organizations and businesses. A special thank you to all of them. We will have more information, including pictures, in our next newsletter.

For additional information about this & future planned Summits, please call Wanda Williams, Coosa Valley Regional Development Center (RDC), Workforce Investment, at 800.332.1965 or e-mail her at wandsw@jtpa.cvrdc.org.

Congratulations, Wanda!

Wanda W. Williams, Kingston, has successfully met professional standards in career development facilitation established by the Center for Credentialing and Education, Inc. and on December 28, 2001, was awarded a certificate as a "Global Career Development Facilitator - United States".

Mrs. Williamsí certification came as a result of her education, years of experience in workforce development and her successful completion of the 120-hour curriculum for Career Development Facilitators (CDFs) conducted by Project IDEAS, a division of Continuing Education at Kennesaw State University (KSU). She and 26 fellow graduates received their certificates at a graduation ceremony at KSU Center in Kennesaw.

Mrs. Williams is employed at Coosa Valley Regional Development Center in Rome and is the Workforce Development Program On-the-Job Training and Youth Programs Coordinator. Wanda is a graduate of the University of Georgia and has worked at the RDC since 1988. Wanda says that "the specific skills I learned while taking this course will help me do a much better job of assisting agencies who provide workforce development services to the residents of Northwest Georgia."

The CDF curriculum is part of a national effort to enhance the knowledge and skills of people in a wide variety of career development settings. It covers 12 competency areas, including labor market information and resources, helping skills, assessment, career development models, and ethical and legal issues. For more information about Project IDEASí CDF training, call 770.423.6369.

Endless Opportunities News

Chris Johnson reports that her students at Endless Opportunities in Dalton are practicing good citizenship, not just learning about it. As one of their projects this past fall, they took part with other area youth in the Dalton-Whitfield County paper recycling efforts. The monies collected from recycling telephone books are donated by North Georgia Disposal to Providence Ministries of Dalton to help fund a new Providence Boysí Home for boys 10 - 17.

For more information about Endless Opportunities training program for Northwest Georgiaís youth, contact Chris at 706.275.0545.

Murray County DFCS Partners with WIB/CCEO

Rosemary Smith, caseworker at Murray County Family and Children Services, is enthusiastic about how technology has enhanced and increased the services available to her TANF and Food Stamp customers. Rosemary reports that access to the Internet has enabled her to better serve her clients. She uses the Internet for job searching at a wide variety of State and for-profit job banks, for researching training opportunities, and for locating maps for directions to training sites. She also uses the Internet to network with DFCS caseworkers and with others agencies who have resources that will assist her clients.

Rosemary reports that almost everyone in the office uses the computer and color printer/copier purchased by the Workforce Investment Board (WIB) and Council of Chief Elected Officials (CCEO) with funds they designated to enhance the Northwest Georgia One-Stop System. The computer and color copier/printer are used to produce brochures to provide information about childcare and other services DFCS offers, to make flyers about training and workshops available to clients, and to make displays for lobby bulletin boards. Rosemary says she could go on and on with the benefit the technology has been to her and other staff "but you get the idea." You can contact Ross Collins, Murray County DFCS Manager, or Rosemary at 706.695.7315 for more information.

Cheers for Shiranna Davis

Shiranna Davis was recently honored by the Focus on Abilities Council for her outstanding performance in employment and training. Shiranna also received an award as Student of the Year in Polk County. Shiranna, a senior at Rockmart High School, is the first student in Polk County to participate in the Workforce Investment Youth Intership Program at the school. She is enrolled in Communication Technology and is currently working at WZOT in Rockmart on a paid internship. Marvin Williams, principal of Rockmart High School, said, "Shiranna has made the City of Rockmart and Rockmart High School very proud." 

The Youth Internship Program is funded by the Northwest Georgia Workforce Investment Board (WIB) through a contract with Northwest Georgia RESA located in Rome. For information about the program, contact Lynn Reese, Northwest Georgia RESA, at 706.295.6189 or Wanda Williams, Coosa Valley RDC, at 706.295.6485 or 800.332.1965.

Education Priorities 2002-2007

Secretary of Education Paige has released a final draft of the Departmentís new Strategic Plan. The Plan communicates the Presidentís and his priorities for education for the next five years. The Plan is built upon 6 strategic goals: 

  • Create a culture of achievement.

  • Improve student achievement.

  • Develop safe schools and strong character.

  • Transform education into an evidence-based field.

  • Enhance the quality of and access to postsecondary and adult education.

  • Establish management excellence.

Have news of interest to NWGA? Send articles to Karen Howell,
P.O. Box 1793, Rome GA 30162; Vandy88@aol.com; or phone/fax 706.277.7466.

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