WIA News


The Northeast Georgia Area (Barrow, Clarke, Elbert, Greene, Jackson, Jasper, Madison, Morgan, Newton, Oconee, Oglethorpe, and Walton counties) has been designated as Local Workforce Development Area 9 (LWDA 9)  to receive funds under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) (Public Law 113-138). The area’s Chief Elected Officials have designated the Northeast Georgia Regional Commission (NEGRC) as the grant recipient and administrative entity for all such funds.  Funds are available for the Request for Proposal (RFP) for ITA Case Management for adults, youth and dislocated workers. Approximately 600 persons are to be served through this RFP which will result in job placement upon completion of occupational skills training. Approximately $1,500,000 is available to serve approximately 600 adults, dislocated workers and out of school youth ages 18-24.

The period of performance for these services is July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018 with a possible contract extension for two additional years based on performance.  The contract will be cost reimbursable.  The RFP will be available on or after April 28, 2017. A Bidder’s Conference will be held on Friday, May 12, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. in the NEGRC Conference Room.  Proposals submitted in response to the above RFP will be due at the NEGRC office by May 31, 2017, 12 noon, EDST.  All additional requests for additional information or clarification must be received in writing no later than May 17, 2017.

NEGRC hereby gives notice to any firm (public or private) which wishes to bid on the RFP and respond.  All inquiries relative to this notice or requests for an RFP or request for additional information must be sent in writing to Rhonda Keeter, Program Director, NEGRC, 305 Research Drive, Athens, GA  30605 or e-mailed to rkeeter@negrc.org.


The Northeast Georgia Workforce Investment Board’s PY13 Plan Addendum for implementation of the Workforce Investment Act within the counties of Barrow, Clarke, Elbert, Greene, Jackson, Jasper, Madison, Morgan, Newton, Oconee, Oglethorpe, and Walton counties is available here for review and comment. Comments will be accepted during a 30-day period beginning April 1, 2014 and ending May 1, 2014 at 5:00 pm. Comments should be submitted to Northeast Georgia Regional Commission, Workforce Development Division, WIA Plan Comments, 305 Research Drive, Athens, GA 30605.

The Northeast Georgia Workforce Investment Board’s PY12 Plan for implementation of the Workforce Investment Act within the counties of Barrow, Clarke, Elbert, Greene, Jackson, Jasper, Madison, Morgan, Newton, Oconee, Oglethorpe, and Walton counties is now available on the website.



The Northeast Georgia region once again has computerized mobile learning labs!  The Northeast Georgia Workforce Investment Board was able to utilize funds from other parts of the state to replace its two 15 year old units.  Two units were obtained.  One has 12 computer stations and one has 6 computer stations.  The units are equipped with satellite capability as well as a stand-alone generator power source. 

The units are currently being used to provide supplemental support to the Georgia WorkReady initiative assisting Athens Technical College in the administration of the assessment in locations that do not have access to stationary computer labs.  The units can also provide career readiness activities including on-line job search, resume preparation, typing tutorials, vocational preparation and mobile GED preparation.  The units may also be available for veterans groups reemployment activities and job fairs in the region.  The labs can be used as a mobile one stop in the event of major workforce actions including massive layoffs, plant closures or hiring event.

For more information on the units, including additional uses, contact the NEGRC Workforce Development Division at (706) 369-5703.


 WIA students win awards

WIA students Lisa Dean and Roberta Gordon won in competitive categories of the third Annual Certification and Development Workshop/Student Conference.




The Workforce Development Division is now delivering workshops to assist people who received funds for training assistance through the federally funded Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and are currently still unemployed. With an unemployment rate of 10.1% in Georgia, the need for these workshops remains relevant. The workshop series is entitled "Workforce In Action" and will aim to better prepare job seekers for the job search process. The workshop will focus on three main areas: resume preparation, job search strategies, and job interviewing. Some of the highlights of the workshops include participants having their resumes reviewed and critiqued individually by workshop facilitators and mock interviewing. Workshops will be offered in Athens at the Department of Labor, in Elberton at the Athens Tech campus, in Monroe at the Athens Tech campus, and in Covington at the Department of Labor. Plans are to offer these workshops once each quarter. Each facilitator of the workshop has completed the GCDF (Global Career Development Facilitator) certification, and has completed the Bronze Level Resume Preparation Course offered through the Department of Labor. The facilitators of the workshops are: Kim Meadows, Denise Rice, Susan Wilson and Olivia Wintz.

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