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Newsletter November 1999

WtW Expands Eligibility Job Corps North Metro Tech News
A Perfect Match



WtW Expands Eligibility
by Phyllis Walker, CVRDC

The Welfare-to-Work Program is currently seeking Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) clients. In the past, the program primarily served long term, 30-month recipients. Eligibility has been expanded to include any TANF recipient who has characteristics associated with, or predictive of long-term dependence. The characteristics include school dropout, teenage pregnancy, poor work history, etc. Customers who meet the criteria may be eligible to receive assistance with child care, transportation, clothing, etc.

If you have TANF customers who need employment assistance, please call the Coosa Valley Regional Development Center (RDC), Job Training Program, at 1-800-332-1965 or (706) 295-6485 and ask for Lesia Lambert or Phyllis Walker. The program is sponsored through the Northwest Georgia Private Industry Council and Coosa Valley RDC.

 Job Corps
by Tina Sprouse

Job Corps is the largest residential education and training program in the United States for economically disadvantaged youths ages 16 through 24. This federally funded program offers students an opportunity to learn a trade and the chance to obtain a GED. Upon graduation from Job Corps, placement counselors also help students find jobs.

Job Corps is committed to offering all students a safe, drug-free environment where they can take advantage of the resources provided. Like any other educational program, Job Corps has rules to follow. Young adults who are on probation or parole or who have a drug problem are not eligible.

Students who choose to enroll in Job Corps can stay from eight months to two years. Job Corps encourages students to remain in the program for at least a year. After this time, they will have gained the knowledge, training and social skills to start a career and a new life.

Depending on the particular center, Job Crops offers training in a variety of trades such as: auto repair technician, bricklayer, business/clerical, carpenter, computer repair technician, culinary arts specialist, electrician, electronic assembler, facilities maintenance, heavy equipment operator, certified nursing assistant, medical office specialist, welder, plumber and many more.

To find out more, call Tina Sprouse at 1-800-352-2614 or 404-873-6191. Beginning in December, Tina will be recruiting and screening students for Job Corps at the One Stop Resource Center in Dalton (located at the Georgia Department of Labor Workforce Center) on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of every month.


The 1999 Georgia Workforce Conference, sponsored by the Georgia Department of Labor, will be held at the Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, December 9 & 10, 1999. The conference will provide the opportunity to get more information about the new Workforce Investment Act (WIA); experience an interactive Workforce Center, share new ideas & initiatives; discuss challenges, expectations and opportunities; and learn how to attract and retain skilled workers. For additional information, contact Cathy Bexley at (404) 656-3050 or visit the conference web site at www.dol.state.ga.us 

North Metro Tech News
by Gary Webb

North Metro Tech creates "Employability Center," celebrates 10 years of service ... In an effort to mirror the one-stop, "no wrong door" approach to customer service required by the Workforce Investment Act, North Metro Tech recently clustered its Workforce Development/Job Training, New Connections/Fatherhood Program and Placement Services in one suite of offices located in the Technical Building on campus.

"This move reinforces North Metro's commitment to our student customers, off-campus agencies and prospective employers to avoid duplication and further promote economic development in our service area," said Dianne Tate, Director of Planning and Development. "The latest move by Placement Coordinator, Carol Sonnerfield, and her assistant to the Tech Building means that communication is improved, and other offices on campus can refer students needing assistance directly to our virtual "Employability Center."

These various programs continue to work closely with the campus Career Transition Center for assessment and career development resources. In addition, any student who needs assistance in working with another state or community agency -- or even an agency needing assistance in working with a student -- can come or be referred directly to the Workforce Development staff, which includes coordinator, Gary Webb, and specialist, Tammy Collum.

"It's easy to get lost in the maze of confusing programs, policies and requirements; our goal is to help students so they can focus on acquiring training skills to compete in a highly-demanding and fast-changing labor market," Tate said. As a part of its 10th anniversary, North Metro Tech hosted a "Career and Community Connection Day" on Tuesday, November 9 for employers, schools and local and state agencies on campus. It was coordinated by the school's Marketing Committee and Placement Office. For more information, call the Placement Office at (770) 975-4063.

Just when I got used to today, along came tomorrow...

A Perfect Match
by Bill Richardson, DRS, Mountain View, Fall '99

In early September 1998 "Jim" met with me and applied for Rehabilitation services at the Department of Labor (DOL) in Rome, GA. Jim had suffered a stroke and, even through he was medically stable, the stroke had caused considerable weakness on his right side. His employer held his job, and he did return to work. Unfortunately, the company went out of business and left Jim without a job.

Jim had an excellent work history which gave him credible and transferable job skills. However, he was encountering a lot of "employer reluctance" now that he had a major disability. Being thoroughly convinced of Jim's desire to work, I referred him to Account Representative, Joe Holcombe. Joe met with Jim the following week at the DOL office in Rome. Joe was equally impressed with Jim's attitude.

In a couple of weeks, the DOL office received a job order for a meat cutter. Working closely with DOL staff, Joe referred Jim to the employer. Jim was offered the job! Jim's attitude and experience were exactly what the company needed. Additionally, the company was more than willing to accommodate Jim by allowing extended rest times so that he could physically maintain the job. The cooperative efforts of the Department of Rehabilitation Services and DOL proved beneficial for both Jim and the employer.


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