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Northwest Georgia SDA 1
Employment and Training Plan
For Program Year 1999

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

NORTHWEST GEORGIA PRIVATE INDUSTRY COUNCIL PO BOX 1793 ROME, GA 30162-1793
Equal Opportunity Program
Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
NORTHWEST GEORGIA SDA 1
EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING PLAN
FOR PROGRAM YEAR 1999

 

I. INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW

The Northwest Georgia Private Industry Council provides policy guidance and oversight to job training programs funded under the Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) in a 15-county area of Northwest Georgia including Bartow, Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Fannin, Floyd, Gilmer, Gordon, Haralson, Murray, Paulding, Pickens, Polk Walker, and Whitfield counties. The vision of the Private Industry Council is to be a leader and catalyst in providing expert services to meet customer needs through barrier-free access to resources so that an individual=s potential can be maximized. The mission of the PIC is to develop a complete, barrier-free network of resources and link those resources to identified employer and workforce needs.

The Northwest Georgia Private Industry Council is composed of 33 members, over half of whom represent the private sector. The remaining members represent economic development agencies, educational agencies, community-based organizations, social service agencies, labor organizations and the public employment service. The Council members are selected from nominations by local and state organizations by the Council of Chief Elected Officials. This council is composed of an elected official from each of the counties in the area.

The Private Industry Council and the Council of Chief Elected Officials approve all plans for job training activities in the area, thereby forming the partnership between private industry and local governments mandated by JTPA. A list of the Private Industry Council members is attached as Appendix A and the Chief Elected Officials list is attached as Appendix B.

A.

Administration of the Program

The Northwest Georgia Private Industry Council and the Coosa Valley/North Georgia Council of Chief Elected Officials selected the Coosa Valley Regional Development Center (RDC), with headquarters in Rome, Georgia, to receive JTPA grant awards and administer these funds on behalf of the Private Industry Council under the Council's policy guidance and oversight.

B.

Coordination of Services

As required by the Governor's Coordination and Special Services Plan for JTPA, the Coosa Valley RDC has negotiated cooperative agreements with area social service agencies, community-based organizations, veterans services, the public employment service, and economic development agencies. These agreements generally provide for reciprocal input into planning processes, and referral of potential individuals or businesses for services as appropriate. Additionally, as allowed by the JTPA, agreements have been negotiated with adjoining Private Industry Councils to allow services to individuals who live outside the respective Council's geographic area to receive training in another Private Industry Council's service area. As yet, no interstate agreements have been negotiated with Alabama or Tennessee; however, training services have been procured from Alabama and Tennessee providers.

II. JTPA SERVICES TO BE PROVIDED

A. Year-Round Program for Adults (Title II-A) and Youth (Title II-C)
1. Types of Training Activities

Title II-A projects for adults age 22-72 may provide the following types of training and training-related activities:

Occupational skills training in the classroom, on-the-job training, customized training, remediation/GED preparation, employment competencies, case management, comprehensive assessment, and intake services. Participants attending classroom training for at least three hours per day and maintaining a 70% grade average or its equivalent receive supportive service payments to partially defray the cost of attending training and their child care expenses for children age 12 and below, if necessary.

Title II-C projects for youth age 14-21 may provide the following types of training and training-related activities:

Classroom training in occupational skills, customized training, remediation/GED preparation, youth competencies, alternative school, limited internships, work experience, case management, comprehensive assessment and intake services. Participants attending classroom training (except for high school students attending high school) for at least three hours per day and maintaining a 70% grade average or its equivalent receive supportive service payments to partially defray the cost of attending training and their child care expenses for children age 12 and below, if necessary.

Primary occupations in which Title II training will be provided are in the areas of clerical, service, and operatives. Specific areas include but are not limited to bookkeeping, building maintenance, policemen/security guards, retail sales, food service, accounting, textiles such as creelers and binders, machine operators, assemblers, landscaping/horticulture, clerical, health care occupations, industrial truck operators, production welders, auto body repair, machinists, industrial machine repairers, truck drivers, hand packers, teacher=s aides and other areas identified by local employers and the PIC.

2. Training Duration and Estimated Cost

Training duration will vary by the skills level of the individual and occupational skills being learned but will be no less than two weeks or generally more than one year in duration (with the exception of some technical institution training which may be up to eight quarters in length). Average cost per participant ranges from $3,200 for anticipated in-school youth projects to approximately $5,500 for longer term projects. These costs include administration and participant support payments.

3. Planned Service Levels and Target Groups

The PIC plans to serve approximately 400 participants during the program year, 300 in Title II-A and 50 in Title II-C. Targeted for service are drop-outs, welfare and public assistance recipients, disabled, offenders, homeless, pregnant/parenting teen, age 55+, and those deficient in basic skills. Not more than 50% of Title II-C participants will be in-school youth.

4. Selection of Participants

Any person in the Service Delivery Area may apply for JTPA services; however, eligibility is based on need as determined by income and/or identified barriers to employment. The PIC follows detailed instructions for determining JTPA eligibility developed by the Georgia Department of Labor. Eligibility determination will be made by the staff of the Coosa Valley RDC which will be accessible to sites throughout the area or by staff members of the local technical institutes.

Once the person is determined eligible, a comprehensive assessment and Individual Service Strategy (ISS) are completed to determine appropriate training and supportive service needs for the individual. Participants will be tested to determine reading and math levels during the comprehensive assessment. The participant is then referred to a training contractor for case management and enrollment into the program. Those not selected are referred by the case manager to other JTPA services or for other community services. A case management approach is used to access all area services needed by the participant as determined on the ISS. These services may be provided through JTPA or non-JTPA resources.

5. Performance Goals

In order to measure the effectiveness of the Private Industry Council's program, performance ratings have been mandated by the JTPA and established by the Governor. The areas of performance and the planned performance are as follows:

ADULTS PLANNED PERFORMANCE

Employment Rate at Follow-up
(13 weeks after leaving program) 70%
Average Weekly Earnings at Follow-up $ 330

ADULT WELFARE

Welfare Employment Rate at Follow-up 62%
Welfare Average Weekly Earnings at Follow-up $ 315

YOUTH

Positive Termination Rate 85%

STATE PERFORMANCE MEASURES

Adult Entered Employment with Fringe Benefits 70%
Customer Satisfaction Rate 87%

STATE ADVISORY BENCHMARKS PLANNED PERFORMANCE

Adult Entered Employment Rate 75%
Adult Average Wage at Placement $ 7.80
Adult Cost per Entered Employment $6,800
Youth Cost Per Positive Termination $3,250
Adult Employment 6 Months after Termination 60%
Adult Earnings 6 Months after Termination $4,250

B. Worker Adjustment Program (EDWAA)

The Worker Adjustment Program is designed to assist those who have lost their jobs through plant closure, mass lay-off, displaced homemakers, or have been unemployed for more than 15 weeks to obtain retraining for entry into the work force.

1. Types of Re-training and Other Activities

The following types of re-training activities may be provided: Remediation/ GED; classroom Occupational Skills; On-the-Job Training; Customized Training; relocation assistance and out-of-area job search. Participants in classroom training at least three hours per day receive support payments to partially defray the cost of attending training.

Primary occupational areas include trades, professions such as nursing or management, operatives, services, and clerical.

2. Training Duration and Estimated Cost

Generally training will be no less than two weeks and generally one year in duration. However, some participants in higher skilled occupations such as nursing may require in excess of two years of training. Average cost is expected to be approximately $4,500 per participant.

3. Planned Service Levels and Target Groups

Approximately 300 people will be served. Target groups include females, minorities, and dropouts.

4. Selection of Participants

Eligibility is based on plant closure, mass lay-off, or being unemployed for more than 15 weeks. Detailed instructions from the Georgia Department of Labor are used to determine eligibility. Training contractors make the final selection of participants. Intake and initial assessment may be provided by the staff of the Coosa Valley RDC, the local technical institutes or the local Labor Department.

5. Performance Goals.

The performance goals for this program are entered employment rate of 85%; average wage at placement of $8.75 per hour; wage replacement of 89%; employment rate 13 weeks after leaving the program of 79%; and average weekly earnings at 13 weeks after leaving the program of $375.

C. Summer Training and Employment Program (STEP) for Youth (Title II-B)

The STEP is operated during the summer months for economically disadvantaged youth age 14-21 to provide training and employment experience and opportunities.

1. Training Activities

Training is provided primarily through work experience in the public sector. Major occupations involved in this type of training include clerical, service (maintenance) and crafts. Also occupational training will be provided in the classroom primarily in the same areas as work experience and in electronic assembly. Those whose test scores indicate two years or more below grade level will be provided remediation. It will also be given to others whose assessment indicates they will benefit from remediation and/or academic enrichment. Participants are paid a training payment equal to the minimum wage depending on the STEP activity.

Orientation is required and addresses the participant's rights and responsibilities as well life skills training in areas such as job seeking and retention skills. Also required are citizenship skills training relating to skills and qualities such as teamwork, problem-solving, initiative, commitment to lifelong learning, self-esteem, leadership, and an ethic of civic responsibility. Limited internships in the private sector may be utilized for occupations relating to a youth's long-term employment goal. Private sector employers must be willing to contribute to the youth's long-term employment through activities such as mentoring, providing occupational skills or employment after training or school completion.

2. Training Duration and Estimated Cost

Training activities for out-of-school youth may begin on May 1st , while for in-school youth they begin after the school term has ended. Training activities may last from 4 to 20 weeks. Estimated cost per participant including administration and participant payments is $1,700.

3. Planned Service Levels and Target Groups

It is planned that approximately 765 youth will be served in the STEP projects. Those targeted for services include females, minorities, welfare recipients, and disabled.

4. Selection of Participants

Eligibility for STEP is based on income levels established by the JTPA. The Coosa Valley RDC follows detailed instructions developed by the Georgia Department of Labor to determine eligibility. All information provided by the applicant is verified by an outside source. Eligible applicants are referred by the RDC intake staff to training contractors for assessment and selection. Training contractors assess the educational and support service needs of the youth and then make the final selection of program participants. The training contractor uses a case management approach to obtained identified service needs from either JTPA or non-JTPA resources. The intake staff is accessible to sites throughout the area.

5. Performance Goals

The STEP does not have mandated performance measures as the other Title II programs; however, below are locally adopted measures:

Completion of Program Rate 80%
Remediation Achievement Rate 80%

III. WELFARE-TO-WORK SERVICES TO BE PROVIDED

The Private Industry Council wll receive approximately $1.4 million in Welfare-to-Work funds from the Georgia Department of Labor. Although they are not JTPA funds, WtW funds are targeted for one segment of the JTPA population. The WtW funds will be used to provide a variety of services to long-term welfare recipients who have multiple barriers to employment. Participants will have an assessment of needs, including physical and mental barriers, interests and aptitudes among other areas. Other services may include child care, transportation, on-the-job training, work experience, job retention services and post-employment services. Performance goals include an entered employment rate of 50%; job retention at 13 weeks following termination of 43%; average weekly earnings 13 weeks following termination of $225; and 80% of participants are planned to receive post-employment services.

IV.    COMMENTS CONCERNING THE NORTHWEST GA EMPLOYMENT & TRAINING PLAN
Please indicate the portion of the plan your comments address [Administrative, Coordination, Title II-A, II-C, EDWAA, Title II-B (STEP), and/or Welfare-to-Work] and return comments by May 15th to Beth Kelley, JTPA Department, Coosa Valley RDC, PO Box 1793, Rome, GA 30162-1793 or email bkelley@cvrdc.org. Thank you.

Appendix A

PRIVATE INDUSTRY COUNCIL MEMBERS - 1999

Mr. Jeff Abney
Retired, Sewell Mfg.
Bremen, GA 30110

Mr. Jim Abney
North GA Electric Mem. Corp.
Ringgold, GA 30736

Ms. Jacquelyn Adkins
J. Wiley Adkins, P.C.
Dalton, GA 30722

Ms. Adrian Bowers
Floyd College
Rome, GA 30162-1864

Dr. Ray Brooks
Northwestern Technical Institute
Rock Spring, Georgia 30739

Mr. Marty Brown
Best Manufacturing Co.
Menlo, GA 30731

Mr. Everette Brumbelow
Fairbanks Mfg., Inc.
Rome, GA 30162-1871

Ms. Shelia Callaway
Gordon Human Resource Dev. Center
Calhoun, GA 30701

Mr. Gene Clark
Rome City Schools
Rome, GA 30165

Mr. Tommy Cobb
Division of Rehabilitation Services
Rome, GA 30161

Mary Anna Cochran
Paulding Enterprises
Dallas, GA 30132

Eunice Darden, Jr.
Eunice Darden Construction Co.
Cedartown, GA 30125

L. Mark Ezzell
GA Dept of Labor
Rome, GA

Ms. Dorothy Hale
GA Dept of Labor - NW GA
Rossville, GA 30741

Ms. Elizabeth Hasty
Walker Co. DFCS
Rock Spring, GA 30739

Mr. Steve Hawkins
Shaw Industries
Cartersville, GA 30120

J. Homer Hefner
Gilmer Reading Program
Ellijay, GA 30540

Mr. Frank Hill
N. GA Community Action Agency
Jasper, GA 30143

Mr. Butch Jones
Gilmer County Bank
Ellijay, GA 30540

Mr. Addison Layson*
Gordon Hospital
Calhoun, GA 30703-7013

Mr. Jim Long
Georgia Power
Villa Rica, GA 30180

Ms. Naomi Lowery
Mt. Vernon Mills
Summerville, GA 30747

Mr. Bill Mason Sr.
Mason Tractor Co., Inc.
Blue Ridge, GA 30513

Ms. Venita McLean
Venita Smyth Realty
Trenton, GA 30752

James (Pete) Moore
Rossville Chromatex, Inc.
Rossville, GA 30741

Ms. Susan Parris
Communications Workers of America
Resaca GA 30735

Mr. Dan Penland
Cohutta Banking
Chatsworth, GA 30705

Ms. Jackie Renfroe
Fashion, Inc.
Dalton, GA 30722

Mr. Jimmy Robertson
Aiken-Siegler Geogia Co.
Jasper, GA 30143

Ms. Derita Ruff
GA Dept of Labor
Dalton, GA 30720

Ms. Melinda Wallin
Catoosa County Development Authority
Ringgold, GA 30736

Mr. Glenn Welch
Atlanta Gas Light Company
Cedartown, GA 30125

Mr. Allan Whitehead
Division of Rehabilitation Services
Dalton, GA 30720-8150

*Chairman

Appendix B

COUNCIL OF CHIEF ELECTED OFFICIALS - 1999

Bartow
Mr. Clarence Brown*
Bartow County Commissioner
Cartersville, GA

Catoosa
Mr. L. C. Cripps
Catoosa County Commissioner
Ringgold, GA

Chattooga
Mr. James Parker
Chattooga County Commissioner
Summerville, GA

Dade
Mr. Tommy Lowery
Dade County Commissioner
Trenton, GA

Fannin
Hon. Robert Greene
Mayor of Blue Ridge
Blue Ridge, GA

Floyd
Dr. Gerald Jennings
Floyd County Commissioner
Rome, GA

Gilmer
Mr. Rayburn Smith
Gilmer County Commissioner
Ellijay, GA

Gordon
Hon. Jimmy Palmer
Mayor of Calhoun
Calhoun, GA

Haralson
Mr. Amos Sparks
Haralson County Commissioner
Buchanan, GA

Murray
Mr. Jerry Parker
Murray County Commissioner
Chatsworth, GA

Paulding
Mr. Bill Carruth
Paulding Co. Commissioner
Dallas, GA

Polk
Mr. Billy Croker
Polk County Commissioner
Cedartown, GA

Walker
Mr. Buddy Chapman
Walker County Commissioner
LaFayette, GA

Whitfield
Hon. Jim Middleton
Mayor of Dalton
Dalton, GA

*Chairman

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