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September 1999 Newsletter

WIA Web Site America's Job Bank Work in Action Training
Concerned About Y2K Project IDEAS Workshops Conferences

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WIA Web Site
Charlotte Harden, CVRDC

There is a web site developed by CESER, Center for Employment Security Education and Research, to benefit everyone in our One Stops. This web site is http://www.icesa.org. The information is updated daily with events that are taking place with WIA (Workforce Investment Act) and One Stops in all states.

America's Job Bank
Charlotte Harden, CVRDC

Information from a training class on "Marketing America's Job Bank to Employers" may be helpful as you serve customers.

On America's Job Bank (AJB), as of July 30, 1999, there were 1,067,379 available jobs listed and 950,398 job seekers.

Any employer listing with the Georgia Department of Labor (DOL) is up-loaded into AJB; however, an employer who registers with AJB is not down-loaded into the Georgia DOL job listings. Currently, Georgia DOL lists approximately one-third of all the jobs available in the State. A process is underway to increase listings.

AJB, http://www.ajb.org has a "translation" service for individuals who do not speak English.

When an employer pulls up a resume listed in AJB, they initially see only the Objective Statement. If this statement impresses them, they can pull up the resume. The most important thing with which to help our customers is the Objective Assessment.

The Career Info Net in CESER-- http://www.icesa.org -- lists job titles that help in writing resumes.

If a customer enters a resume in AJB, it remains on-line for 60 days.

As of July 30, 1999, Georgia had 2,516 employers listed with AJB.


Life's Lesson: Laughing helps. It's like jogging on the inside.


Concerned about Y2K?

The following sites provide information that may be useful to you:

U.S. Department of Commerce Y2K Outreach: http://www.doc.gov/y2k/ 

State of Pennsylvania: http://www.pa2k.org

British Government: http://www.bug2000.co.uk

Ziff-Davis has a variety of imformation; you can also subscribe to an e-mail update service: http://www.zdnet.com/y2k

CIC has many links to information - including computer manufacturers: http://www.compinfo-center.com/y2k.htm

The Red Cross offers practical advice: http://www.redcross.org/disaster/safety/y2k.html

FEMA has information in English & Spanish and a toll-free number for consumer use: http://www.fema.gov/y2k

The Small Business Administration offers useful tips: http://www.sba.gov/y2k


Work in Action

Our September "Work in Action" (WIA) training will be provided by Wynn Montgomery, Director of Project IDEAS.  Wynn will present an all-day session on  "Introduction to Quality: How to Apply the Baldrige Principles."   The session will be held September 24, 1999, at the Days Inn Training Room, 840 Turner McCall Boulevard, Rome, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

The workshop is being provided free of charge by the Northwest Georgia Private Industry Council and will be particularly useful for staff involved in planning for and certification of One-Stop Shops. Call Carol Lockett  at (706) 295-6485 to register. Space is limited -- call today.


Project IDEAS Workshops

Contact Project IDEAS, Kennesaw State University (KSU) at (770) 423-6369 or visit their web site (http://www.careerdepot.org.ksuideas.htm) for more information about the following workshops:

John Chamberlin, Integrating TANF Into Your WIA One-Stop Delivery Systems, November 4, 1999, Macon Technical Institute, Macon, GA.

John Chamberlin, Negotiating One-Stop MOUs, November 5, 1999, Macon Technical Institute, Macon, GA.

Jodie Sue Kelly, Increasing Job Retention Among Welfare Recipients, November 17, 1999, KSU Center, Kennesaw, GA.

Jodie Sue Kelly, Increasing Job Retention Among Welfare Recipeints, November 18, 1999, Country Hearth Inn, Pooler, GA (near Savannah).

Career Development Facilitator Training, a series of 18 sessions, can lead to national certification as a Career Development Facilitator. The CDF curriculum consists of 120 hours divided into four modules (of approximately 30 hours each) that cover the wide range of skills and knowledge needed to provide effective career development facilitation. The next sessions will be available during the first six months of 2000 in Atlanta and Savannah.


Life's Lesson: You can get by on charm for about 15 minutes. After that, you'd better know something.


Conferences

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 One-Stop 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

The Southeastern Employment and Training Association 1999 Fall Conference will be held in Lexington, Kentucky, October 10 - 13, 1999. SETA has made arrangements with 2 overflow hotels & will arrange transportation to and from the hotels to the conference site. Many excellent workshops have been planned. For more information, visit their web site at http://www.seta.org.

The National Association of Counties (NACO) 1999 Workforce Development and Human Services Conference is being held in Bernalillo County Albuquerque, New Mexico, from November 17 - 20, 1999. Many excellent workshops are planned and Fred Grandy, President & CEO of Goodwill Industries International, will be the General Session Speaker. Visit NACO's web site at http://www.naco.org for more information.

You're addicted to the Internet when...Your spouse says communication is important in a marriage - so you buy another computer & install a second phone line so the two of you can chat.

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