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March 2003 Newsletter
| Star of
Excellence Awards | GSU Usery Center Pilot Study | Georgia
| New USDOL Regional Administrator | NW Georgia News | Job Shadowing Program | Training Opportunities |
|Lisa Adkisson Wins Star of
ATLANTA -- Lisa Adkisson, an employment marketing representative (EMR) in the Georgia Department of Labor’s Blue Ridge Career Center in Fannin County, has won the department’s Star of Excellence Award for outstanding contributions to employment services in the community.
“The department’s Star of Excellence Award is presented to outstanding EMR’s to highlight their many achievements,” said Commissioner Thurmond. “The award is based on achieving superior employer relations, professionalism in elevating the image of the Georgia Department of Labor, and promoting team spirit among one’s peers.” The award was presented recently at the Georgia Employer Committee’s annual conference in Savannah.
“Lisa’s drive and professionalism truly set the example of an employee dedicated to excellent community service,” said Blue Ridge Career Center Manager David Carter. “She has been a driving force in assisting the Fannin County community, as it transitions from the closing of the Levi-Strauss plant in Blue Ridge. Part of that effort involved developing a job club, which meets weekly to provide employment leads to Levis-Strauss and other dislocated workers. Also, Lisa works closely with employers in Fannin, Gilmer, and Pickens counties to increase their participation in department-sponsored career expos, as well as the number of employment opportunities for jobseekers.”
Adkisson is a 10-year veteran of the Georgia Department of Labor. She joined the agency in 1992, as an employment interviewer in the Blue Ridge Career Center, and has served as an EMR for the past five years. She is a active member of the North Georgia Employer Committee, working tirelessly to recruit new members. The committee was named the state’s Employer Committee of the Year in 2000.
Bartow County Participates in GSU Usery Center Workforce Study
Georgia State University’s Usery Center recently conducted a limited survey for the USDOL and GDOL in the Bartow County area to determine the willingness of industry and professionals to provide information on “workforce needs” on a regular basis.
The pilot study hoped to determine three things: what type of information is needed by planners to create programs within the workforce investment system; is it practical for employers to provide such information in a systematic , uniform and timely basis; and, would employers by willing to provide such information.
The study is designed to better understand employer viewpoints about current workforce information flow and how to improve it.
At this time the results of the study have not been published.
What is the Georgia Teacher Alternative Preparation Program?
GA TAPP is a program that helps individuals use their experience and education to start a career in the teaching profession. Through additional course and field work the candidate can work towards teacher certification.
Some of the qualifications include:
Fields for Teacher Certification through GA TAPP
Middle Grades (4-8) (Math, Science, Social Studies, Language Arts)
This program is a collaboration of Northwest Georgia RESA, Kennesaw State University and other colleges and universities, the public school systems, and the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. For more information visit www.nwgaresa.com or www.gapsc.com.
New USDOL Regional Administrator Appointed
The United States Department of Labor has appointed Dr. Helen Parker as the new Regional Administrator for Employment and Training Administration for Region 3. Region 3 serves Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Dr. Parker currently serves the Georgia Department of Labor as Assistant Commissioner for Employment Services.
Dr. Parker earned her B.A. and M.A. in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.. She has a Ph.D. in English Literature from Duke University and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Georgia.
She has served in Employment Services in various positions of leadership since 1974 including positions with Durham, NC, Atlanta SDA, and the Georgia Department of Labor. Dr. Parker has been with the Georgia Department of Labor, serving as Employment Service Director and Assistant Commissioner since 1984.
She has received many national and international honors and awards including the International Who’s Who of Professional and Business Women, the Interstate Conference of Employment Security Agencies President’s Award (1999) and Vice President Gore’s National Performance Review “Hammer” Award (1996).
This ardent proponent for the unemployed and for those working in their interest will “do us proud!”
Northwest Georgia News
Job Shadowing Can Provide Students with New Perspective about Studies
At the January Workforce Investment Board meeting, members were encouraged to host a youth in their businesses for a day of participation in the Job Shadowing Program.
Job shadowing is an academically motivating activity designed to give kids an up-close look at the world of work and to answer the question, "Why do I have to learn this?" Beginning with a nationwide kickoff on January 31, 2003, and continuing throughout the school year, students across America "shadow" workplace mentors as they go through a normal day on the job. The students get to see firsthand how the skills learned in school relate to the workplace. Job Shadowing is led by the National Job Shadow Coalition and is supported through a national sponsorship by Monster and a co-sponsorship by News Corporation.
If you want to host a student in your workplace, contact your local Junior Achievement office or other local organization listed at www.jobshadow.org. In the event that your community is not covered by one of these organizations, you can get students involved by contacting your local school directly.
Employment & Training Association (SETA) and DOL Region 3 Finance
& Admin Conference, Spring 2003
Career Point’s Case Manager
Certification Training Series
The 4th Annual Ready,
Work Grow Conference
GCIS Training, Winter 2003
National Association of Workforce
Development Professionals (NAWDP)
Motivational Counseling: Understanding Your
No One is Unemployable