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September 2002 Newsletter
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Summer Youth Academy | Character Traits | DFCS
Chattooga Summer Youth Academy
The Chattooga High School Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Summer Youth Academy was a great success. Orientation began with Dr. Chuck Cluxton of Innovation Counseling Solutions working with our students. Dr. Chuck provided an interactive Ropes Course that helped students develop skills in leadership, setting short and long term goals, building and maintaining positive workplace relationships, and problem solving. He conducted several other activities that integrated the team effort and workplace ethics components. If a team goal was not met, students were allowed to offer constructive criticism and/or support to teammates. Whenever a goal was achieved, each student was encouraged to celebrate the success no matter how small or great. These new, young workers had fun while learning how to be successful in the workplace. At the end of the day, each student told about a positive highlight of the day for them. Chattooga High School staff highly recommend that this type of activity become part of the formal orientation for WIA students.
After orientation, the students began eight weeks of hard work in various positions through the community. Our worksites consisted of 12 custodial, 6 healthcare, 4 office clerk, 4 childcare, 2 technology, 1 sales, and 1 in parks/recreation positions. A few comments from the employers follow:
( "Ana is a wonderful person to work with , and I would like to have her again next year," CHS custodial staff.
("Tijuana is a very dedicated worker. She is easy to train and should be highly commended for her initiative and work ethics," Chattooga Family Medicine.
("Dee has a very pleasant attitude and good motivation. He worked well with the patients and they enjoyed having him, " Redmond Physical Therapy.
("Shay's telephone skills are excellent. She helped us so much this summer. We would love to have her back. She is very mature and just did a great job," Chattooga Co. Family and Children Services.
We appreciate all those employers taking the time to train these students and make their work experience successful.
May 1 was an exciting day for Family and Children Services (DFCS) Food Stamp workers. More than 200 workers from throughout Northwest Georgia gathered at the Rome GA Forum to attend workshops and to celebrate Georgia's success in reducing the Food Stamp error rate. Karen Howell, Coosa Valley RDC provided an overview of the Northwest Georgia one-stop system. A presentation by Paul Clayton was a highlight of the day's activities.
Dalton State College
The Dalton State College Social Work Program will offer a new class, Latino Family and Culture, Fall Semester 2002. The class will offer content on Latino family patterns and Latino culture and will consider ways that social and health care professionals can work sensitively with those patterns. The class will be especially valuable for educators, health care professionals, social workers, and other human service employees. Community professionals may obtain information on how to register for the class by calling Dr. David P. Boyle at 706.272.2682
Queen for a Day
September 23 will be an exciting day for two dozen recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). The ladies, most of whom recently received Dalton State College's Customer Service certification, will be Queen for a Day at the Dalton Career Center from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Dalton Career Center, Dalton State College, and Whitfield & Murray Counties Family and Children Services staff are planning the event to help prepare the women for employment. They will spend the day attending workshops to learn good grooming tips for make up, hair styling, personal care, and fashion. They will also receive a wardrobe of work outfits to use for interviews and on-the-job.
Donations of new, personal care items such as shampoo, conditioner, combs, brushes, barrettes & hair accessories, razors, soap, shave cream, lotions, manicure sets, sewing kits, etc. will be very much appreciated. Arrangements will be made to pick the items up if you are unable to deliver. If you have items to donate, please contact Robin Hawkins, Services Specialist, at the Dalton Career Center, 1406 Chattanooga Avenue, Dalton GA 30720, 706.272.2301 or Robin.Hawkins@dol.state.ga.us.
Chitwood Sheriff of the Year
Congratulations to Whitfield County Sheriff Scott Chitwood who was recently named Georgia Sheriff's Youth Homes Sheriff of the Year. The Sheriff, one of the top fund raiser for the organization, has supported the homes for over 30 years. Donated funds are used to provide full-time residential care for Georgia's needy, neglected, abandoned and abused children. More information about the Youth Homes is available at www.georgiasheriffsyouth.org.
Earley Instructor of the Year
Michelle L. Earley, a Business Office Technology Instructor at the Gordon County Campus of Coosa Valley Technical College (CVT), was recently named Georgia's 2002 Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year for Technical Colleges. This prestigious award recognizes instructors who make significant contributions to technical education through instructional excellence, outstanding leadership qualities, and dedication to the mission of the Department of Technical and Adult Education.
Mrs. Earley will serve as ambassador for technical education for the next year. Michelle, her husband Kent, a Dalton State College Assistant Professor of Medical Assisting, and their son reside in Dalton. Congratulations, Michelle.
Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has contracted with the National Puerto Rican Coalition, Inc. (NPRC) to identify communities that have housing needs and a large Latino population. The first of several planned workshops was held at the Northwest Georgia Trade & Convention Center, Dalton on August 8. The title of the workshop was "Uses of HOME Funds by Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDOs) for Affordable Housing Development." Anyone interested in the housing programs or desiring information about future workshops may contact Jose Garcia, NPRC, Regional Director at 813.910.2296.
Information about workshops and meetings of interest to workforce development professionals is available at www.CareerDepot.org/calendar.htm. If you know of upcoming workshops or meetings, please e-mail the information to Karen Howell at Vandy88@aol.com or fax to 706.277.7466.
Levi Blue Ridge Closes
Upon learning that Levi Strauss, the area's largest employer, would close. Blue Ridge and the surrounding communities did not despair. Instead, they pulled together and formed a Community Taskforce. The taskforce consisted of community agencies, governments, and businesses from Georgia, Tennessee, and North Carolina, representing the workforce pool from which Levi had attracted employees. They met first to assess and educate one another as to the resources and services available to displaced workers and the community. They were determined to prepare for and address needs in the most proactive manner possible. The result is a model for community action and involvement in addressing issues. Some of the taskforce's activities include:
(a) collecting information from both area employers and employees to ascertain the needs, staffing status, and potential of existing employers and the abilities, interests, and skills of Levi employees.
(b) an on-site orientation for Levi employees with representatives from the Blue Ridge Department of Labor (DOL), Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) Rapid Response Unit, North Carolina Employment Security Commission Murphy Office, Appalachian Technical College, North Georgia Technical College, Fannin County Adult Education, Equal Opportunities Education UT Chattanooga, and Workforce Investment Program representatives from Northwest Georgia & Georgia Mountains, Tennessee, and North Carolina.
(c) a North Georgia Career Opportunity Expo sponsored by the Georgia Department of Labor. More than 40 top companies plus community agencies participated in the Job Fair. and
(d) the Georgia Department of Labor opened two CareerPlus Centers, a Transition and a Training Center, for the dislocated workers.
The CareerPlus Transition Center provides the dislocated workers with access to self-help resources as well as a place to meet with representatives from various agencies. The Transition Center has generated more than 750 visits since opening on June 10.
The employee surveys indicated many were people interested in continuing their educations and training for new career opportunities. As of the first of September, seventy-six (76) of the former Levi employees have completed WIA requirements and are in various stages of enrollment. Most are attending Appalachian Tech or North Georgia Tech. Students are currently enrolled in Business Office Technology, Accounting, Medical Assisting, Medical Receptionist, Health Care Tech, Culinary Arts, Drafting, and Auto Paint and Refinishing, etc. Appalachian Tech is holding a special Licenced Practical Nurse (LPN) training program at the CareerPlus Training Center with 17 current enrollees and 2 more expected to start in October. The LPN program is funded by the Northwest Georgia Workforce Investment Board (WIB).
The Northwest Georgia WIB also funds an On-the-Job Training Coordinator through the Georgia Department of Labor. Candy Day, On-the-Job Training Specialist, is located at the Blue Ridge Career Center and can be reached at 706.632.3033 or Candy.Day@dol.state.ga.us. Blue Eubanks, WIA-funded Career Advisor employed by Appalachian Tech, is located at the Transition Center in Blue Ridge and can be reached at 706.258.4829 or email@example.com. Anyone desiring information about the Community Taskforce should contact Carolyn Wills, Director of Economic Development, Fannin Co. Development Authority, 706.632.4450 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chattahoochee Tech News
Chattahoochee Technical College (CTC) is the largest technical college in Georgia. The college has over 5,500 students over the four campuses and expects record enrollment for fall quarter 2002 of nearly 6,000 students. The college offers over 40 associate degree, diploma and certificate programs. Computer Information Systems, Business, Early Childhood Care and Education, and Practical Nursing are only a few of our offerings. The college is proud to be an award- winning, fully accredited technical college training students for work. The college began over 41 years ago serving Cobb and Paulding Counties and has grown rapidly over the years to where it is today.
CTC recently won awards in the Entertainment Technology Program for the documentary, "Red, White and Bluegrass." The college won a First Place award from the Broadcast Education Association among two-year colleges and community colleges and was nominated for a regional EMMY from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
CCTC Student Awards - Our Students, Our Pride!
Vocational Industrial Clubs of America (VICA) is the national organization for students enrolled in trade, industrial, technical, and health occupations who attend public high schools, technical institutes, junior colleges, and universities. The organization's purpose is to complement student skills training with personal development. Students learn such qualities as leadership, citizenship, self-respect, and high standards of craftsmanship. Following are a few of the award-winning CCTC students:
Shane Hunkler & Cliff Gaines
Amy Bryson, Gary Boggs & Joanne Ho
1st Place in the Nation
Congratulations CTC award-winning students!
New Internet Portal Debuts
U. S. Department of Labor, Employment & Training debuted www.careeronestop.org on September 3. The new site provides a single point of entry for employers, job seekers, learners, and workforce professionals. Customers can now access all of the information and functionality of the national electronic tools that were formerly called America's Career Kit.
The CareerOneStop's three components are: America's Job Bank (AJB), America's Career InfoNet (ACINet); and America's Service Locator (ASL). Users can more easily locate information under the new organization of content by customer group and topical area. The portal also offers a new State Gateway which links users to the resources of state partners.
A Message from the Secretary of Labor
Every year millions of teens work in part-time or summer jobs. Early work experiences can be rewarding for young workers - providing great opportunities for teens to learn important work skills. Today's youth will be the workforce of the 21st Century.
Through the new YouthRules! initiative, the U.S. Department of Labor and its strategic partners seek to promote positive and safe work experience for young workers. The YouthRules! web site and activities will educate the public on Federal and State rules regarding young workers.
I am excited to announce the launch of YouthRules! - an initiative designed to bring teens, parents, educators and employers together to ensure young workers have safe and rewarding work experiences.
Elaine L. Chao, Secretary of Labor
For more information, visit www.youthrules.dol.gov.
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