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October 1997 Newsletter

Success Story

by Beverly Espy

In the May/June Newsletter, I had written an article about being on welfare and the steps I had begun to take to rebuild my life. I spoke about the bad marriage, family and friends, my feelings about being on welfare and things I wanted. In the article, I had mentioned some goals I made for myself. I met some of the goals while other goals changed.

I met one important goal in May when I passed by GED which earned me $500.00 towards the Hope Grant. In the article, I stated that I was planning to enroll in Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) classes at Walker Technical Institute in the fall. However, that plan changed. Instead, I enrolled in the Commercial Truck Driving Program.

I'm proud to say that I am graduating from the program. Although it was a challenge, I didn't give up. The future is ours to take, even if we have to take a detour sometimes. Don't stop or go back to where you were, keep your goals in sight and go for them.

I have gone from an income of $722.00 a month to $750.00 a week. I do want to express that nothing comes easy, but if you take small steps, everything seems in reach and you can get there. So, in closing, if there is something out there that you want or want to do or just change, you have the power within yourself to make that change and become a true success.


Murphy' Law has been working overtime. In the last edition of our newsletter, we promised you a new and improved web site with our own domain name. We came close. We were online with our new URL only a couple of days when the server crashed. The site has been online intermittently for the past few weeks; however, everything seems to be working well now, so if you tried to reach us before and could not, do try again.

We promise, you'll really like what we have to offer. The site has a lot of information in many different areas and is user friendly. Drop us a line in the Guest Book or at Vandy88@aol.com and let us know what you think about the site. Our internet address is http://www.careerdepot.org.

Thanks to WorkForce Academy at Pickens Technical Institute staff for all the long hours they have put in making sure our site is working and for donating the space to house the web site.

Home Page Information

Following is a brief description of the information available on the Northwest Georgia Career Depot web site. Only the main sections are covered. Much more information and many more links to other sites are located on the home page.

The Career Depot web site is divided into five main sections. The sections address specific areas of need or interest. They include Job Search, Employer Resources, Education and Training, Business and Industry, and Community Resources.

Job Search has two sections: Help Wanted Listings and Job Search Resources. The Help Wanted Listings includes links to Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, Tennessee, and America's Job Banks; Atlanta and Chattanooga newspaper help wanted ads, and local employers' on-line employment opportunities. This section also includes addresses of Department of Labor and military recruiting offices. Job Search Resources includes links to information about preparing resumes and cover letters, growth occupations, and searching for employment through the internet. Most recently added are links to a wide-variety of self-assessment tools. Many of the tests are be scored online.

Employer Resources includes links to job banks, the Employment and Training Administration, OSHA, and White House Employment Information. It also has addresses of local Department of Labor Offices as well as information about the Job Training Partnership Program (JTPA) and Work Opportunity Tax Credit.

Business and Industry includes links to business resources on the internet, locations of Chambers of Commerce offices, tips for entrepreneurs, and economic development resources. It also links to Employer Resources.

Education and Training includes locations of Adult Learning Programs, Rehabilitation Services, Family and Children Services, Head Start, JTPA, Libraries, New Connections to Work, Public Schools K-12, County Extension Services, and Technical Institutes and Colleges. The site has links to the home pages of the technical institutes and colleges and public schools.

Community Resources includes links to consumer information on the internet, locations of government offices and health centers, and resources for food, clothing, shelter, transportation, and recreation. Also included are resources for veterans and senior citizens.

National Alliance for Business

The National Alliance of Business (NAB), under a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, collected and assembled information from many of the One-Stop grant states and Local Learning Labs. They worked in consultation with the National Employer Services Work Group for One-Stop. Human resource managers of 10,000 businesses in 20 states were surveyed to determine their views on the service components that should be found in most of the One Stop Career Centers. Phase I of this project, which began in May 1996, resulted in identifying ten areas of employer needs. The ten categories follow:

1) Employer access: Businesses want on-line and other varieties of access to One-Stop services.

2) Referral: Businesses view effective and careful applicant screening as essential and the screening of basic skills as vital.

3) Recruitment: Businesses believe One-Stops can recruit employers more often if the available applicant pool reflects a variety of applicants. Employers want more skilled and semi-skilled applicants, more employed applicants, a nationwide or statewide recruiting network, and more applicants from schools and colleges.

4) Training: Businesses believe One-Stops should be proactive in learning employment needs for training purposes. Employers would like One-Stops to provide basic job skills and work ethic training, literacy training, some kind of internship or apprenticeship program, comprehensive information on different training programs, training grants available to employers, and financial aid for training programs.

5) Assessment and Testing: Businesses view basic skills testing as a vital service. Other testing desired include personality type, specific skills, "soft skills," aptitude, literacy, and math.

6) Marketing: Businesses think One-Stops must have a pro-business image. One-Stops should be seen as employment centers as opposed to unemployment offices.

7) Management: Businesses believe One-Stops should be managed like a business. Employers' participation should be ensured at every step. Businesses want reduced paperwork, better communication links among the Centers, less or no politics, and many suggested privatizing the One-Stop system.

8) Evaluation and Accountability: Businesses believe One-Stops should have performance indicators and report regularly to the public on the return on "investment" of public dollars. A plan for evaluating the effectiveness of service should be developed. Monitored work search process should be established.

9) Customer Service: Businesses believe One-Stops should personally greet clients, show enthusiasm, provide fast service, and promptly return phone calls. Businesses want an easy voice-mail system if the receptionist is not available. One-Stops should provide employers with follow-up on job orders, postings, and inquiries; assign people by industry sectors or business; and develop better communication channels in and out of One-Stops.

10) Labor Market and Wage Information: Businesses want accurate and up-to-date labor market information. (Most in demand: wage, EEO and unemployment statistics.) High preference for labor market information accessible via modem.

America can no more survive and grow without big business than it can survive and grow without small business. -- Benjamin Franklin


The following is adapted from from "Work America," a publication of the National Alliance for Business.

Fast-Trackers who have GEDs, high school diplomas or work skills need a quick, intense hand-holding program to jump-start the self-confidence of people who have been out of touch with workplaces.

The Middle Tier who are not yet ready to work need more intensive training. Must states are seeing the value of integrating training and working, so that people are learning and doing at the same time. This combination of work and training assures that skills are relevant to real workplaces and solve real business needs.

The Very Low-Skilled need long-term, sustained assistance to prepare them for work. The assistance is as much about changing minds, attitudes and life-styles as improving job-readiness skills.


Jodie Sue is Returning to Georgia!

Project IDEAS has arranged a special 2-day presentation by Jodie Sue Kelly, one of the nation's most popular workforce development trainers . The workshop is called "Recruitment Made (Much!) Easier" and will be held on October 21-22, 1997, at Coosa Valley Tech Calhoun/Gordon Co. Campus. The cost, which includes lunch, is $250 for GA JTPA & GA DOL staff and $300 for all others. The seminar will cover low cost market research, 60 recruitment ideas in 60 minutes, targeting your audience, and much, much more. Call 770-423-6369 to reserve your spot for this exciting, information session.

Our web site includes a tool developed by Jodie Sue Kelly, Cygnet Associates, called "Get the Job You Want Faster and Easier." The instrument includes twelve self-administered surveys to help individuals discover their strengths and challenges. The results of the surveys help customers put together Action Plans to get the jobs they want. Jodie Sue is providing the packet free of charge to the nation's workforce development community.

Georgia Workforce Development Conference

The Georgia Department of Labor is presenting the annual Georgia Workforce Development Conference, "Partnerships: An Amazing Process!", December 1-3, 1997. The conference will be held at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel in Atlanta. For information about registration call Kennesaw State University Continuing Education at 1-800-869-1151.

Re-Engineering Assessment for One-Stops

The "Re-Engineering Assessment for One-Stops" seminar presented by OMTI will be held November 5-6, 1997, in Columbus, Ohio. Bruce Benson, the seminar leader, has been involved in workforce development programs since 1976. The two-day seminar will assist workforce development programs in evaluating and re-engineering assessment systems in preparation for "One-Stop Career Centers" and "Workplace of Tomorrow!" The registration fee is $295. The sessions will take place at OMTI Professional Development Services, 2700 East Dublin-Granville Rd, Suite 2, Columbus, Ohio. For more information call 614-895-7500.

Checking Account Seminar

Wachovia Bank and the Voluntary Action Center in Calhoun are presenting a seminar on how to manage a checking account. This seminar is for people that have never had a checking account or have had difficulty managing one in the past. Upon completion of the seminar, attendees will receive a certificate which they can use at Wachovia to open a checking account. The seminar will be held on Thursday, November 6, 1997, 7:00-8:30 pm. For more information, call Linda Sainato at the VAC at 706-629-7283.

The safest way to double your money is to fold it over once and put it in your pocket. -- Kin Hubbard

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