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November Newsletter

Gremlins Trick-or-Treat Early

The Internet Gremlins orchestrated a pre-Halloween raid on the careerdepot.org web site mid October and caught us off guard. As a result the site was off-line for several days. Fortunately, a timely counter-offensive overcame their tricks, and the site is back on-line. Thank you to everyone who called or e-mailed. We appreciate knowing you missed the site, and the information and services we offer.


Available on the Internet, WorkinfoNET is a free, comprehensive and bilingual inventory of over 2000 Canadian web sites on career, occupation, learning, and labor market information. Organized into seven categories, access to the information is quick and easy. All web sites are annotated to give you a better understanding of their content and help save you time.

WorkinfoNET's mission is to ensure that all Canadians can obtain career, learning, and labor market information that is useful to them in planning vocational development and in their conduct of effective job searches in their own areas and further afield in Canada.

The basis of WorkinfoNET's success is the partnership that has developed between national, provincial, territorial, and regional agencies offering career, occupation, learning, and labor market information. Community-based organizations, governments and the private sector have come together to create this unique pan-Canadian partnership and provide a service that none of the organizations could hope to provide independently.

WorkinfoNET offers a wealth of resources customers can use independently. Detailed job

search guides, interview preparation exercises, self-assessment activities, labor market handbooks, and publications help with job searches, educational planning, occupational exploration, and entrepreneurial endeavors. WorkinfoNET also helps workforce development professionals network, learn about upcoming conferences, professional associations, and on-line discussion forums. Visit www.workinfonet.ca for more information.

North Metro Tech News
Gary Webb, New Connections Coordinator

Frank McCain, formerly the JTPA Coordinator at Chattahoochee Tech - Paulding Campus, is the new Career Transition Specialist at North Metro Technical College. In addition, Sheila Southerland, formerly of Rehabilitation Services and the Tommy Nobis Center, has also joined the New Connections to Work program at North Metro Tech. Both will be working with clients from local Family and Children Services offices as well as conducting workshops for displaced homemakers, single custodial parents, single pregnant women, and Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) clients at local Department of Labor offices and the Career Resource Center in Marietta. Frank and Sheila can be reached on campus at 770.975.4022.

Georgia Fatherhood Program

The Georgia Fatherhood Program, at Dalton State College for two years, continues to grow.

Presently there are 23 participants in the program, 7 of whom are enrolled at the College. All non-custodial parents in the program are expected to complete Life Management workshops and job readiness skills training. A computerized program, Employability Skills Training and Implementation Program (ES-TIP), has just been purchased to teach job readiness skills. A new curriculum, "Raising Fathers/Raising Children" is currently on order.

For more information, contact Allan Wallace at the Dalton Career Center, phone 706.272.2662.

Dalton Career Center Invaded

Well, not invaded exactly, but certainly increasing in staff. The most recent additions to the region's designated full-service one-stop center include three more staff from Dalton State College who brought a computer lab with them. In addition to the Father-hood Program above, two Dalton State staff with New Connections and the WIA case Manager are now at the Career Center. Anyone desiring more information about the services they offer may call Karen White at 706.272.4592, Dana Jones at 272.2608, and Susan Doesburg at 272.4412.

Workshops & Conferences

New sessions of Career Development Facilitator Training will be offered by Project IDEAS in Kennesaw beginning January 9, Valdosta starting January 23, and Montgomery November 1 (oops, missed that one!). The 18-session program has received rave reviews. Visit the Project IDEAS web site at www.careerdepot.org/ksuideas.htm for more information.

Assessment with Darlene Martin, Project IDEAS, will be presented November 28 from 9 am to 4 pm at the Kennesaw State University Center, Room 248. Are you unsure of what direction you should take with assessment or even if you and your customer can get to the desired destination? If so, you should attend Darlene's Assessment workshop. Darlene will start you on the right path to ** types of assessment ** how to administer and interpret assessment instruments ** how to use assessment as part of the case management process.

The workshop is sponsored by the Northwest Georgia WIB and Coosa Valley/North Georgia CCEO and is FREE to our workforce development staff and partners. Call Charlotte Harden, CVRDC, 706.295.6485, 800.332.1965 or e-mail charlotteh@jtpa.cvrdc.org to register.

TETC 2000, Staying in Tune with Technology, sponsored by the Tennessee Department of Education will be held at the Nashville Convention Center, Nashville, TN from November 29 - December 1. To register or for more information, visit www.state.tn.us/education/tetc2000.

The Second Annual Georgia Workforce Conference will be held at the World Congress Center December 12 and 13. Many exciting and informative workshops and presenters are scheduled, and the confernece will offer the opportunity to hear from many of our government and business leaders.

The Second Annual Conference will provide an exciting and informative forum for employers and employer organizations, workforce staff, career guidance professionals, community partners, labor organizations, elected officials and community leaders, State and local workforce board members, advocacy organizations, service partners, etc. Visit www.dol.state.ga.us/conference/ for more information and to register for the conference. (Be sure to donate to the Secret Santa fund!)

Pennsylvania Workforce Summit 2001 will be held at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center, Hershey, PA January 24 - 26, 2001. This Summit is billed as "Your resource for making workforce decisions in the global economy." Visit www.paworkforce.state.pa.us for more information.

Journey to Performance Excellence 2001 will be held at the Anaheim Hilton January 30 - February 2. The conference is sponsored by Workforce Excellence Network, www.workforce-excellence.net. The Journey is the premier performance excellence conference of the workforce investment system, providing leading edge information on creating effective and innovative strategies that result in performance excellence.

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