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November 2005 Newsletter

Northwest Georgia Receives The Spirit of Collaboration Award

The Northwest Georgia Workforce Area received “The spirit of Collaboration Award” at the 2005 Workforce Conference Achievement Awards night held in Albany on November 7, 2005. The Consortia was selected by the Georgia Workforce Investment Board based on accomplishments in partner communication, customer service and job training resources, and cost efficiency of operating the one-stop system with a Consortia of partners which has resulted in considerable cost reductions.
L to R: Twyla Crump, Voc-Rehab; Jerry Garland, DOL; Georgia Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond; Gia Brunson, DFCS;  Butch Jones, NWGA WIB Chairman; Gwen Dellinger, CVRDC; David Bennett, Voc-Rehab; James Hardegree, Chairman GWIB

Chattahoochee Tech — Paulding Campus Offers New Programs

Chattahoochee Technical College’s Paulding County Campus will be offering new programs in Environmental Horticulture beginning Winter Quarter 2006. Horticulture, the fastest growing branch of agriculture, is both an art and a science. It is a broad-ranging field that encompasses the development, growth-distribution, care, maintenance, and use of many types of plants from fruits and vegetables to shrubs, trees, and grass. These programs can be completed in 3 months to 2 years.

  • The Paulding Campus will offer the following:

  • Environmental Horticulture Associate Degree

  • Environmental Horticulture Diploma

  • Environmental Horticulture Technician Certification

  • Lawn Maintenance Specialist Certification

For more information on these and other programs call the college at (770) 443-3600 or visit the website www.chattcollege.com.

New Manufacturing Jobs in the Region

The Faus Group, an international manufacturer of laminated flooring, has announced that it is expanding into a facility in Gordon County. The company, founded in Gandia, Spain, is moving into an existing 400,000-square-foot facility in Calhoun, Ga.— the former OMC building. The project is expected to create about 350-400 new jobs, with the initial hiring phase being around 150 to 200 jobs. The company currently has another facility in our region in Dalton, Georgia.

By the end of 2005 F & P Manufacturing in Floyd County expects to have hired approximately 25 new associates to operate the new equipment in which the company invested $5.5 million for the Rome facility The company has expanded three time and increased jobs from 150 to 350 since 2002.

Profile Extrusion in Floyd county is expanding by adding 60,000 square feet to their existing facility, in addition to buying new equipment. This is a $7 million project. Twenty new jobs will be created. Profile currently employs 125 people at the Rome facility.

LGCIM Recognized on Workforce Conference Awards Night

LG Chem, the leading chemical company in Korea, opened their first U.S. manufacturing facility, LG Chemical Industrial Materials (LGCIM), in Adairsville, Georgia, in October. LGCIM was recognized this month at the Workforce Conference Achievement Awards for their uniqueness in utilizing both the Quick Start Program and the WIA On-the-Job Training (OJT) program as a means to train employees. Participants received 2 weeks of core skills and job readiness training followed by 12 weeks of the OJT program. This coordination of services has provided LGCIM with a quality workforce to start up and maintain plant operations.

Basic Pilot Program Assists in Employee Verification

The Basic Pilot Program can assist employers in verifying that an employee is authorized to work in the U.S. This is a free online service offered by the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the Department of Homeland Security.

All employers are required by Section 274A of the Immigration and Nationality Act to complete an I-9 form for all employees within 3 days of hire. This must be kept for 3 years or for 1 year after termination. However, employers are sometimes presented fraudulent documents or authentic documents that do not belong to the job candidate. Some employers are choosing to take advantage of the Basic Pilot Program as backup. Once the I-9 is filled out, the employer enters the data into the program. If the SSN and the name match SSA records, the employer receives a message confirming that the employee is authorized to work. If the records do not match, the employer receives a message to refer the employee to SSA to clear up the problem. The Basic Pilot Program system will produce both English and Spanish versions of the notice given to the new hire if the program does not confirm their authorization.

Employers wishing to utilize the Basic Pilot Program must first register online and sign a memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Bureau (USCIS) and the SSA. Registration can be found at https://www.vis-dhs.com/Employerregistration.

The I-9 form can be downloaded from the USCIS website: http://uscis.gov/graphics/formsfee/forms/files/I-9.pdf.

Dates to Remember

  • Northwest Georgia Workforce Investment Board meeting, November 16, 12:00 at B.J.’s Restaurant, Calhoun, GA. For more information (706) 295-648.

  • Leadership in the Future Workforce Development System December 2 - 6, The Vinoy Hotel, St. Petersburg, Florida www.nwa.org

  • Foundations of Successful Direct Marketing December 6 - 7, Marriott Northwest, Atlanta, Georgia www.NationalSeminarsTraining.com

  • HIPAA and Other Health Benefits Laws - Compliance Assistance Seminar, December 7 - 8, 8:00 to 4:00, Omni Hotel at CNN Center, Atlanta, Georgia

  • Agricultural Business and Workforce System Integration Forums, December 14 - 15, Sacramento, California www.tatc.com/integrationforum/

  • Re-inventing Your One-Stop System and Centers Teleconference, January 11, 2006 , Rome, GA For information call (706) 295-6485.

On-the-Job Training

After working 8 ˝ years for the same company, Priscilla Mays found herself without a job. This is a familiar story for many of our area’s long time employees in many manufacturing industries. Most often the reason is a declining industry, and manufacturers have had to downsize or close completely. It can be difficult for the employee to find another job doing the same type of work. Many of these employees are not in a position to stay out of work or to work part-time while going to school to learn new skills. This is why WIA’s On-the-Job Training (OJT) program can be so beneficial to the dislocated worker. Through the program, the employee can go right back to work learning a new set of skills and earning competitive wages. The employer benefits because up to half of the training wages are covered by WIA funds.

Ms. Mays successfully completed her OJT training at a new company. She now has a job she enjoys with a good benefit package and hopes to advance within the company.

Sixth Annual Focus On Abilities Awards Luncheon

On October 3, 2005 the Georgia Department of Labor and the GDOL / Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program held their sixth annual Focus On Abilities (FOA) Awards Luncheon. The purpose of the FOA Council is to recognize the achievements of individuals with disabilities and to recognize those that have made these achievements come true. Awards are given to individuals in business, educators in the classroom and students within the Polk, Paulding, and Haralson County area. Also, one award is issued to an individual that has given outstanding service and support of Rehabilitative Services.

This year, Mel Fain, the New Connections to Work and One Stop Career Center Coordinator at West Central Technical College (WCTC), was given the “Outstanding Service Award”. Mel, in his 16th year at WCTC, has been a continual supporter of Rehabilitative Services. With the development of the “Focus on Abilities” awards luncheon he was instrumental in seeking outside business support and funding for the program. Mel has also worked with WIA staff to coordinate the installation of doors accessible to those with disabilities throughout the One Stop Center and the purchase of other equipment used to assist persons with disabilities, all purchased through funds allocated by the Northwest Georgia Workforce Investment Board.

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