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September 2005 Newsletter

| Greg Newton Teleconference | Business Resource Mapping Sessions | In-School Youth Providers Recognized |
| GDOL Job Fair on GPTV | Work Permit Policies | Conferences | Region Sees Job Loss in August | 
| CVRDC Receives Incumbent Worker Grant |

Greg Newton Teleconference

Part One in a Series of National Teleconferences with Greg Newton of Greg Newton Associates is being presented on September 27, 2005 at Heritage Hall in Rome, Georgia. The topic is Creating and Implementing a New Workforce System Vision.

Newton will cover how the Workforce System is changing and ways to re-envision, re-engineer, and re-design the system. He will also discuss how to move beyond just federally mandated program operations to achieve true workforce solutions.

Northwest Georgia Workforce Investment Board (WIB) members and One Stop Partners are encouraged to attend. The presentation date/time is September 27, 2005 from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided. The location is in Rome, Georgia at Georgia Highland’s Heritage Hall campus. Please contact Terri Morgan at tmorgan@cvrdc.org by September 9th.

Business Resource Mapping Sessions Held in NWGA

Business Services Resource Mapping Sessions are currently being held in five areas in the Northwest Georgia Region. These sessions are being held with local businesses in an effort to determine business services currently utilized by the business customer, services available of which businesses may not be aware, and gapes in services.

Wynn Montgomery, consultant and partner in WynnMill Solutions, LLC, is facilitating these meetings. Wynn has over 25 years experience of in the workforce development community. He regularly provides training across the state and nationally on personal and organizational change, program management, strategic planning, grantsmanship, creative problem solving, and effective writing.

Sessions were held last month in Dalton and Blue Ridge. Wynn report produce an analytical report summarizing findings of the business surveys. The results will be available to the Northwest Georgia Workforce Investment Board, Chief Elected Officials, and partners in the workforce system.

In September resource mapping sessions will be held in Rome, Cartersville, and Waco.

In-School Youth Providers Recognized by WIB

The Northwest Georgia Workforce Investment Board recognized staff from local schools that worked with the WIA In-school Programs. Some of those recognized have been with the workforce programs since the beginning of JTPA and WIA. Recent cuts in WIA funding from the USDOL to Georgia have resulted in the loss of all but one of the region’s in-school programs.Much appreciation for the providers of these youth programs and their years of dedicated service to northwest Georgia is felt by the WIB and its partners

GDOL Job Fair on GPTV

The Georgia Department of Labor, Georgia Public Broadcasting and WALB Television in Albany are partners for this year's 2005 Department of Labor Job Fair, a two-hour live television production that connects as many as 2,000 Georgians seeking jobs with DOL career center professionals who can help them with their career path. GPB Television's Gerald Bryant will host from Atlanta. His co-host will be WALB Television's Karla Heath-Sands in Albany, where she will be joined by DOL Commissioner Michael Thurmond. The program airs live 2 - 4 PM, September 11.

Update on Work Permit Policies
Article submitted by Lynne Reece, NWGA RESA 

It has been a requirement for some time now that every student under the age of 18 obtain an employment certificate (better known as a work permit) if they are to be employed. The student must obtain the proper form from their school, fill in the personal and necessary employment information, and then they are issued a permit by the authorized school officer.

Recent changes to the law require that in addition to an employment certificate, a letter from the minor’s school administrator be provided. A new subsection was added to the requirements for issuance of the permit. Chapter 2 of Title 39 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated states(e) (1) The certificate provided for in subsection(a)of this Code shall be accompanied by a letter from the minor’s school administrator indicating that the minor is enrolled in school full-time and has an attendance record in good standing for the current academic year.”

Any employer hiring a student under 18 is required to maintain a copy of the certificate the letter. The letter must be updated each January until the minor reaches the age of 18 years or receives a high school diploma, GED, special education diploma, certificate of high school completion or is enrolled in a postsecondary school.

Employers failing to comply with this subsection shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be subject to a fine not to exceed $1,000.00, up to twelve (12) months imprisonment, or both, for EACH violation.

What does this mean to employers? Before hiring any person under the age of 18, make sure they bring the employment certificate to you with a letter from their school regarding their enrollment and attendance. Fill in your portion of the certificate and return it to the student. Keep the letter of attendance. Upon hiring the student, attach the letter to their employment certificate and make it the responsibility of that employee to bring an attendance letter to you every January.

For more information regarding this subsection, please contact your State Representative and refer to House Bill 1190/Section 21A.

Conferences & Workshops

·One-Stop Career Center Blueprint for Excellence Conference presented by CARF, September 8-9, 2005, Atlanta, GA. For information and reservations call Nancy Campbell at 1-888-281-6531 or visit www.carf.org

·Promoting Partnerships & Emerging Practices in Health and Health Care, September 15, Marriott Inn & Conference Center, U. of MD, Adelphi, Maryland, www.rwif.putnamcic.com

Essentials on Credentials, A training session of how to provide market-valued credentials and improve WIA performance outcomes for participants. September 21, Holiday Inn Atlanta-Airport North, Atlanta, Georgia, Anna Thomas 404.562.2095 or thomas.anna@dol.gov

·Southeastern Employment and Training Association Fall 2005 Conference (SETA), October 2—5, 2005. Orlando, FL. For reservations visit: www.seta.org.

·Workforce Summit 2005—October 10-12, 2005, Orlando FL. For on-line registration visit www.dynamicinstitute.com/summit

·Business Expo 2005, Calhoun, Georgia, Sponsored by Gordon County Chamber & Small Business Development Committee, October 20, 2005, 7:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., Calhoun Recreation Department, please call 706.625.3200 to register

LMI Forum 2005, October 25 - 27, Norfolk, Virginia, http://www.lmi-net.org/

Region Sees Job Losses In August

The Northwest Georgia WIA Region lost up to 179 jobs in the month of August, 2005. Not only does the region’s manufacturing industry continue to experience downsizing, but service industries are now seeing some closures with the loss of Winn Dixie in Whitfield county and Save-Rite in Bartow county. These two retail stores combined will lose close to 100 jobs.

On June 21, 2005, Winn-Dixie reported that it was taking action to strengthen its performance and achieve long-term profitability by focusing on its strongest markets and reducing the size of its store base from 913 stores in the U.S. and the Bahamas to 587 stores. The Whitfield stores closure was a result of this decision.

Other closures/reductions for the month of August were Tennessee Turbo in Walker county laying off 20 employees and NCI Building Systems in Haralson county reducing their workforce by 60 employees.

New positions that may aid job seekers in the area are coming out of Chattanooga with T-Mobile planning to locate a call center there.

CVRDC Receives Incumbent Worker Grant

The Coosa Valley Regional Development Center was awarded $50,000 to provide a Supervisor-Management Development Certificate Program which prepares experienced workers and management to be better supervisors and leaders in healthcare. This program is part of the Georgia Department of Labor’s new initiatives directed by Commissioner Michael Thurmond to assist key growth sectors of the state in upgrading the skills of incumbent workers. The Georgia Department of Technical and Adult Education will implement the program through its area technical colleges.

Approximately 120 healthcare workers will be selected by health providers to receive training in the fifteen county area. It is anticipated that with this training health care providers will be able to retain more workers and prevent employee turnover which adversely affects health care delivery. Coosa Valley technical College will develop the curriculum on behalf of the other technical college in the area.