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May 2000 Newsletter

CEOs Name WIB Transition Plan for Youth Services Ann Leigh to Retire
DFCS Holds Seminar Workshops



The Executive Committee of the Coosa Valley Chief Elected Officials and the North Georgia Chief Elected Officials (CEOs) met on May 18, 2000, to review nominations for representatives to serve on the Local Workforce Investment Board (WIB). Below are the names of the individuals who were appointed by the CEOs to represent the fifteen-county Northwest Georgia region. Additional board members will be appointed as nominations are received, as the need develops, and/or as One-Stop Shops are certified. In addition, the WIB will appoint a Youth Board to advise the WIB on youth programs and issues.

Private Sector Representatives

Bartow County
 - Jeff Brubaker, Glad Manufacturing
 - Steve Hawkins, Shaw Industries
Catoosa County
 - Mike Reynolds, Northwest Georgia Bank
Chattooga County
- David Luther, Business Owner
Dade County
 - Venita McLean, Business Owner
Fannin County
 - Lorraine Green, People's Bank
Floyd County
 - Everett Brumelow, Fairbanks Manufacturing
 - Angie Douglass, Kelly Services
Gilmer County
 - Butch Jones, Gilmer County Bank
Gordon County
 - Addison Layson, Gordon Hospital
Haralson County
 - Ramey Thompson, Business Owner
Murray County
 - Dan Penland, Cohutta Banking
Paulding County
 - Selina Holcomb, Cadillac Products
Pickens County
 - Jerrold Young, ETC
Polk County
 - Eunice Darden, Darden Construction Company
 - David Sullins, Business Owner
Walker County
 - James "Pete" Moore, Rossville Chromatex
Whitfield County
 - Jacquelyn Adkins, Business Owner
 - Patti Silver, Mohawk Industries

Other Representatives

Economic Development
 - Melinda Wallin, Catoosa Development Authority
 - Glenn Rasco, Appalachian Technical Institute
Educational Agencies
 - Janet Ayers, Carroll Technical Institute
 - Ray Brooks, Northwestern Technical Institute
 - James Burran, Dalton State College
 - Buddy Harrison, Polk County Schools
 - Lynn Reese, Northwest Georgia RESA
Organized Labor
 - Michael Braden, AFL-CIO
 - Minnie Hobbs, American Postal Workers
 - John Walker, AFL-CIO
Chief Elected Official
 - Frank Martin, Pickens County
Community Based Organizations
 - Shelia Callaway, Gordon H R. Development Center
 - Frank Hill, North Georgia Community Action

One Stop Partners

DHR Programs
 - Sylvester Royal, Field Coordinator
Georgia Department of Labor
 - Mark Ezzell, Rome Field Service Office
Housing and Urban Development
 - Sandra Hudson, Housing Authority of the City of Rome
Rehabilitation Services
 - David Bennett, Region One Manager
WIA Programs
 - James Layton, Coosa Valley RDC

Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs) must be chaired by a business member and must have majority business membership. The local WIBs ensure that workforce development programs operating within the area effectively and efficiently support the labor and job training needs of all job seekers, including discouraged workers, the unemployed, the underemployed youth, disabled, and senior citizens. Local Boards focus on strategic planning, policy development and oversight of the local workforce development system, including the connecting of workforce and economic development.

Transition Plan for Youth Services

The Transition Plan for Youth Services was submitted to the Georgia Department of Labor for approval on May 12, 2000. The plan is posted on the Career Depot web site.  Comments on the plan should be made to Coosa Valley RDC, Attention Beth Kelley, P.O. Box 1793, Rome, GA 30162-1793, 706.295.6485 or fax 706.802.5567.

Ann Leigh to Retire

Ann Leigh, long-time employee of the Coosa Valley RDC and coordinator of services for JTPA Dislocated Workers, is retiring on June 30. Ann began working in JTPA in January of 1984. She had previously worked in the CETA program for the Department of Labor in Rome and as an art teacher at East Rome Junior High. Ann worked with many of the JTPA programs during her tenure at Coosa Valley RDC. She helped organize the initial JTPA Summer Youth Program, then she spearheaded the OJT program; she worked with a State task force on Older Workers, setting up a state-wide recognition banquet for employers of those age 55 and above and the older employees themselves. After the initiation of the Dislocated Worker program, she became our local expert. In 1993, Ann received the first State-wide Employment and Training Professional of the Year award from Governor Zell Miller for her outstanding contribution to the dislocated worker program. Shje also received several certificates of appreciation for her service on the labor-management committees which helped workers of factories which had closed. Affectionately known around the office as "Two Shoe" (from the time she wore two shoes of the same style but in different colors), Ann has accomplished much. Her expertise, her willingness to undertake new challenges and her true professionalism will be greatly missed by the Northwest Georgia workforce development Community. Congratulations, Ann, and enjoy!!!

Floyd County DFCS Holds Seminar for Job Seekers

by Mark Greenway

The Employment Services Team at Floyd County Department of Family and Children Services hosted a motivational seminar, "Motivating Yourself to Excellence," March 20th through March 24th. The seminar was held at Coosa Valley Tech with the assistance of the New Connections to Work staff. The featured speaker was Paul Clayton, of P.E. Clayton and Associates, Inc., Key West, Florida. Mr. Clayton is a nationally know speaker who presents seminars and workshops to businesses, schools and social service agencies throughout the United States.

An average of 38 TANF recipients attended the seminar each day. Over half the participants are currently enrolled in either GED programs or post-secondary courses at Coosa Valley Tech. Mr. Clayton's program focused on building self-confidence, effective communication skills and taking control of one's life. Based on the evaluation forms completed by the participants, the seminar was a tremendous success. Participants reported learning new communication techniques, gaining new skills to handle stress, experiencing more self-confidence, and the ability to create better relationships with their children and others.

Betty L. Kuss supervises the Employment Services Team. Priscilla Sullins is the Community Resource Specialist. Patti Ashworth, Paul Brodersen, Ken Dudley and Susan Williamson are Employment Services Case Managers. Judson Scarborough is responsible for providing employment services to Food Stamp clients. Case Managers, Annette Henson and Cathy Taff, provide child care eligibility assistance to recipients.

Career Development Facilitator Training
Project IDEAS, Kennesaw State University
Four Locations

Starting July 2000, Career Development Facilitator Training will be offered at Kennesaw State University Continuing Education Center, Kennesaw, Georgia; Chattanooga, Tennessee; Montgomery, Alabama; and Albany, Georgia. You can visit Project IDEAS' web site at www.careerdepot.org/ksuideas.htm  for more information. Register early as classes fill up fast for this popular program.

CareerScope Training
North Metro Technical Institute
June 23, 2000 - 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Presented by Franklin/Duncal, Inc., the training is appropriate for all users of CareerScope, OASYS, OASYS Job Match, and other career assessment instruments. It will cover the basics using their hands-on computer model of instruction. Plan to bring your laptop. The cost for the training is only $65.00. Contact North Metro Tech Continuing Education at 770.975.4050 or 975.4046 to register or for more information.

Customer Relations Training
For TANF and Food Stamp Recipients
Dalton State College

Training is provided by Dalton State College New Connections to Work program and is open ended. Customers can start at any point, at any time. Trainees receive critical skills for today's workplace, Continuing Education Certificate from Dalton State College, contacts with local employers, and an improved self-image. The classes are provided at no cost to the trainee. Contact Karen White, New Connection to Work, Dalton State College 706.272.2608 for more information.

National Association of Workforce
Development Professionals Conference
May 21-24, Reno, Nevada

Today's mighty oak is yesterday's nut that held its ground.

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