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November 1997 Newsletter

LaFayette Employer Committee Receives Award Local Employers on the Web Turkey Trivia Contest
careerdepot.org News Free MIG Welding Training GA Workforce Development Conference
JETT*CON'97 New Beginnings Through New Connections  


LaFayette Employer Committee Receives Award

The LaFayette Employer Committee was recently honored as the runner-up for the Georgia Department of Labor's Employer Committee of the Year award. The award was presented at the Annual State Employer Committee Conference held at St. Simons Island.

Employer committees establish and maintain working relationships between the Georgia Department of Labor's 53 local offices and local employers. The LaFayette Employer Committee advises the LaFayette office, managed by Johnnie Lewis, which serves Chattooga, Dade, and Walker counties.

State Labor Commissioner David Poythress commended Chairman Richard Willard and other employer committee members for their "…significant contributions to the development of our work force in the LaFayette area."

Congratulations, LaFayette Employer Committee

Local Employers on the Web

Below are the names and internet addresses of local employers who advertise their jobs on the internet. You may also visit our website at www.careerdepot.org to link to their sites.

Bell South http://www.bellsouth.net/

Erlanger Health System http://www.erlanger.org/

McKee Bakery http://www.mckeefoods.com

Mechanical Associates, Inc.

Olan Mills http://www.olanmills.com

Shaw Industries http://www.shawinc.com 

U.S. Express & CSI/Crown http://www.usxpress.com

If you know of others, please tell us so we can add them to our site.

Turkey Trivia Contest

On what TV program was the following statement made?

"As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly."

Be the first to e-mail Vandy88@aol.com or call Karen at 706-624-1118 or Kristy at 624-1119 with the correct answer and become the Professor of Turkey Trivia . We'll announce the winner in our next newsletter. (Correctly tell us who said it and we'll put a star by your name!)


Guest Book

We need your help! No one wants to be first to sign the guest book. If you are the first to enter the correct answer to the Turkey Trivia Question in our web site Guest Book, we'll supply the cranberries for your Christmas dinner! (If you tell us the site is great, we'll throw in a bag of stuffing.)

Cygnet Associates

When we placed the Cygnet Associates Self-Assessment Instrument, "Start Now to Get the Job You Want," on our web site, we put each of the 12 self-assessment surveys on a separate page for easy print out. However, this doesn't work for those of you who wanted to download the document. As requested, we have put the entire document in one section, located at http://www.careerdepot.org/cygnet.htm.

Thanks to Jodie Sue Kelly and Cygnet Associates for providing this assessment tool free of charge to the workforce development community.

Net Stats

We have had over 700 visitors to our web site in the two months since we started tracking the number of hits. The domains vary but the majority are from .com (39%) and .net (21%) providers. Others include .edu (4%), .gov (4%), and .us (8%). We have had overseas visitors from Germany, U.K., Australia, Japan, and Canada.The busiest days are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, and the peak number of hits occur at 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

The pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts. No Americans have been more impoverished than those-who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving.--------H. W. Westermeyer

Free MIG Welding Training

Coosa Valley Tech Economic Development Services and the Georgia Department of Labor are sponsoring Basic MIG Welding Training on a trial basis at no cost to qualifying students. Two trial sessions will be conducted. One session will be held November 17-21 and the second December 1-5. A maximum of twelve students will be accepted for each class.

The course will include four hours of shop math, four hours of blue print reading, eight hours of introduction to welding, grinding and metal characteristics, and twenty hours on hands-on MIG welding.

At the present time more than thirty job openings exist in the Rome area for entry level MIG welders. The entry wage is approximately $8.50 per hour.

Don't miss out on this opportunity. Call the Georgia Department of Labor at 706-295-6145 or Coosa Valley Tech's Continuing Education Office at 706-295-6958 for more information.

Georgia Workforce Development Conference

There is still have time to sign up for the Georgia Workforce Development Conference to be held in Atlanta December 2 and 3. The conference is at a new location this year. It will be held at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel located off I-285 at 2450 Galleria Parkway in northwest Atlanta. Parking shouldn't be a problem.

A wide-variety of workshops will be available on subjects such as welfare, partnering, quality organizations, labor market information, and the emerging Global Economy. Along with being a great opportunity to learn from the nation's experts, the conference offers an opportunity for you to network with your peers. To register for the conference or to obtain more information, contact Kennesaw State University Continuing Education at (770) 423-6765 or toll free 1-800-869-1151.


The Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration, in partnership with the Council for Excellence in Government, is sponsoring JET*CON'97 December 16-18 in Chicago. According to Alexis M. Herman, Secretary of Labor, the conference is a dynamic forum in which the nation's workforce development decision makers and technology vendors can share with each other ways to transform work and learning.

O*NET 98 will be launched at the Conference. It will replace the current Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT). We saw a brief demonstration of O*NET a couple of weeks ago, and it is great! A user friendly interface called OSCAR will also be introduced at the conference.

The registration fee for the conference is $250. For more information contact JET*CON'97 Registration at (703) 645-9302 or fax (703) 876-2637. Y For more information about Chicago visit www.chicago.il.org.

New Beginnings Through New Connections

by Sherry Bradley

My name is Sherry Bradley. At 15 years old, I quit school and went to work to help my dad pay for our house. After moving to Illinois in 1986, I heard about the Five County Adult Regional Education Program. Through this program I earned my GED and received my Office Procedures Diploma as well as credits in computer literacy and building maintenance.

In 1993, I moved back to Georgia to be near my family and began job hunting. Every job I applied for I was told that I was either overqualified or needed more experience. I was getting discouraged. After the birth of my beautiful daughter in 1996, I applied for AFDC. This led me to a four week class through the New Connections Job Workshop. In the beginning, I felt as if I were "stuck in life" and lived in a shell. I could not talk to anyone and especially not in front of a group of people. However, going through this class, I met my best friend Beverly Espy. Beverly and I have our own little support group and I feel that she is more than a best friend, she is like a sister to me. I want to thank the following people I have met at Walker Tech and New Connections who have been supportive of me during this time and hopefully will be my friends for a long time: Vince Stalling, Beverly Mathis, Charles Smith, Louise Ramey, and Jackie McGintis. Presently, I am attending Walker Tech and pursuing an Accounting Diploma to help me someday start my own business.

All my friends at the New Connections Job Workshop are very proud of what I have accomplished and they are still very supportive of what I am doing now.

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