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September 1998 Newsletter

Green Thumb CVT Fountain Dedication Rome One Stop Opens
Georgia's WD Conference Workforce Investment Act Never Give Up

Green Thumb
by Vickie Wade

Hi! I'm Vickie Wade, as the new JTPA Employment Specialist for Green Thumb, Inc., I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself and provide you with some information concerning how I can help you with your efforts to provide employment opportunities and training. My husband, Willis and I live in the Northwest Georgia mountains and my heart is with the people here in the North Georgia area. I worked with the JTPA program in the past and felt a great deal of pride and satisfaction with helping others to succeed. If you are an old friend from before, please call. I am very excited about another opportunity to help others.

In the relatively short time that I have had to work with the different agencies, employers and others, I have found that we here in North Georgia are blessed with devoted professionals who genuinely care about the needs of the people we serve. I'm looking forward to meeting with all of you who represent areas of training and employment.

Green Thumb is committed to improving the economic and social conditions of needy older Americans by providing employment and training for persons age 55 or older. We offer classroom training, on-the-job training, and job search services through Green Thumb's Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) Older Worker Program.

As an Employment Specialist for Green Thumb, I am responsible for assisting in the following counties: Banks, Bartow, Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Dawson, Fannin, Forsyth, Franklin, Gilmer, Gordon, Habersham, Hall, Hart, Lumpkin, Madison, Murray, Pickens, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union, Walker, White, Whitfield. I would like to offer my assistance to anyone who is interested in these services. Please feel free to contact me anytime at 1-888-767-0471.


CVT-Calhoun Fountain Dedication

Craig McDaniel, President, Coosa Valley Technical Institute, and Dr. Georgia Baker, Vice President, Calhoun Campus, and other community leaders honored Mr. Dean Hayes with the dedication of the new fountain at the Calhoun Campus on September 11. The CVT Foundation received donations from numerous people in the community honoring Mr. Hayes in recognition of his contributions to Calhoun and Gordon County.


Rome One Stop Opens

A ribbon cutting was held September 14 to officially open the One Stop Career Transition Center at Coosa Valley Technical Institute, Rome Campus. The One Stop Center is the result of a collaborative effort among the Rome office of the Georgia Department of Labor, Floyd County Department of Family and Children Services, the Georgia Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, and Coosa Valley Tech (CVT).

Customers of the one Stop may access Adult Literacy services, the Job Training Partnership Program (JTPA), New Connections to Work, and diploma and certificate programs offered at CVT in addition to the partner agencies. Services will be available Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Each partner agency will be located at the One Stop an average of one day per week. For more information about the Coosa Valley One Stop Career Transition Center, contact Bonnie Bowen at (706) 295-6932 or Lucy Hale at (706) 295-6940. The One Stop Center telephone number is (706) 295-802-5040, fax 802-5042.


Workforce Investment Act


Funds allocated under the new Workforce Investment Act (WIA) shall be used to provide the following for adults and dislocated workers:

(a) Establish a One-Stop Delivery System (at least one physical center in a local area); (b) Provide Core Services; (c) Provide Intensive Services; (d) Provide Training Services

Core services available through one-stops are open to ALL adults or dislocated workers and include:

(a) Eligibility Services; (b) Outreach, intake, profiling, & orientation; (c) Initial assessment of skill levels, aptitudes, abilities and supportive services needs; (d) Job search & placement assistance & career counseling where appropriate; (e) Provision of employment statistics & information; (f) Job vacancy listings; (g) Information on job skills necessary to obtain the job; (h) Information relating to local occupations in demand & earnings & skill requirements; (i) Performance information & program cost on eligible providers; (j) Information regarding local area performance; (k) Information on availability of support services; (l) Information regarding filing claims for UI; (m) Assistance in establishing eligibility for Welfare to Work activities & Financial Aid; (n) Follow-up services & counseling regarding the workplace for up to 12 months for those placed.

October's newsletter will contain information about intensive and training services.


Georgia's Annual WD Conference

This year's annual Georgia Workforce Development Conference is sponsored by the Georgia Work Connection. The theme is Focus on the Future. The conference, which will be held November 19th and 20th at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel in northwest Atlanta, will honor the state's successful collaborative efforts.

A variety of motivational and informative presentations and concurrent workshops will be provided to help you prepare for future success within the Georgia Work Connection by enhancing your professional and personal growth. A special pre-conference professional development opportunity will be offered on November 18th from the nationally-recognized job retention expect Larry Robbin.

To register or for further information, contact Kennesaw State University Continuing Education at (770) 423-6765 or toll free 1-800-869-1151.


Never Give Up

Never give up, Never lose hope.
Always have faith, It allows you to cope.
Trying times will pass, As they always do.
Just have patience, Your dreams will come true.
So put on a smile, You'll live through your pain.
Know it will pass, And strength you will gain.
---Charlie Remiggio

Thanks to Louise Womack Coosa Valley RDC for contributing this inspirational poem.


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