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Education and Training
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What is the Jobs for Georgia's Graduates Program?
What is the Workforce Investment Act (WIA)?
What is the HOPE scholarship and grant?
Where can I find information on the various scholarships, grants, and loans available for college or technical school?
Labor Market Information
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What are the fastest growing occupations in Georgia?
How can I get a copy of the GDOL publication, The Career Planner?
Where can I get understandable information about population trends in Georgia?
Laws and Regulations
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What is JAN (Job Accommodation Network)?
Occupational Information
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What is the new O*NET System?
Can you recommend some tools for helping individuals identify their skills for the purpose of developing a résumé?
Professional Development
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What is a good Workforce Investment System (WIS) resource for a workforce professional who wants to know the latest information, trends, and solutions?
Programs
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What is the TOPPSTEP program?
Reemployment Programs
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What is the status of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?
Education and Training
What is the Jobs for Georgia's Graduates Program? back to top
Jobs for Georgia's Graduates (JGG) is a school-to-work transition program designed to provide high school students with preemployment training, work skills, motivational activities, and job development services. The program is a partnership among local schools, businesses, communities, and the Georgia Department of Labor. JGG is affiliated with the Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG), the nation's largest school-to-work system, serving 70,000 youth in 26 states. JAG's mission is to keep young people in school through graduation and provide work-based learning experiences that will lead to career advancement opportunities, or to enroll in a postsecondary institution that leads to a rewarding career. There are 38 schools in Georgia with a JGG program; some have the 5-year model where students begin in the 9th grade and others have the senior model for students in the 12th grade only. More information on the JAG model can be found at the link below.

Jobs for America's Graduates
What is the Workforce Investment Act (WIA)? back to top
WIA stands for the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, implemented in Georgia in July 2000. This federal legislation has helped Georgia move toward a comprehensive, customer-focused workforce investment system where Job Seeker and Employer customers alike can access a wide range of workforce-related tools and information they need to manage their work lives. Services are provided through a network of local One-Stop Centers statewide. For additional information about WIA, please contact the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development.

Governor’s Office of Workforce Development.
What is the HOPE scholarship and grant? back to top
Information on the HOPE (Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally) Scholarship Program, including eligibility requirements, academic requirements, award amounts, and the application process can be found at the Georgia Student Finance Commission web site.

Georgia Student Finance Commission
Where can I find information on the various scholarships, grants, and loans available for college or technical school? back to top
There are several sources of information on the various types of financial assistance available to college and technical college students. The Georgia Career Information System (GCIS) is a subscription-based system, developed and maintained by Georgia State University, which contains all types of occupational, career and educational and training information. It has a comprehensive database of financial aid resources. You can access the system at many local school systems or at any GDOL Career Center. For additional information, check out the web sites below.

America's Career InfoNet – Scholarship Search
Georgia Student Finance Commission

Labor Market Information
What are the fastest growing occupations in Georgia? back to top
Occupational growth is defined using projections data. These data list the fastest growing jobs (percentage of growth), largest job growth (numerical growth), most annual openings, etc. Fastest growing occupations, defined as a percentage of new growth, also have a minimum of 100 annual openings. Occupations with a high percentage of growth, 100 or more openings per year and higher than average wages earn the distinction of being a “hot job”.

Occupational projections are published in Georgia Workforce – Long-term Employment Trends and Georgia Area Workforce Trends (local workforce investment act areas).

Georgia Workforce – Long-term Employment Trends
How can I get a copy of the GDOL publication, The Career Planner? back to top
The Career Planner, as well as many other GDOL labor market publications, can be downloaded in PDF format from this web site. A hard copy can be obtained by contacting the labor market information office in the Service Directory.

Service Directory
Current Publications
Where can I get understandable information about population trends in Georgia? back to top
The State Data and Research Center has a variety of economic and demographic data, including statistics from the Census of Population and State of Georgia publications. The Georgia Population Trends section of the Center's web site has a summary report detailing population growth during the decade. Georgia's population grew by 26.4 percent -- from 6,478,149 to 8,186,453 -- in the decade from 1990 to 2000. For more information go to the following web site:

Atlanta Census Research Data Center (ACRDC)
Laws and Regulations
What is JAN (Job Accommodation Network)? back to top
JAN, a service of the Office of Disability Employment Policy, is a toll-free and Internet resource for anyone who has questions about job accommodations, or about the employment sections of the ADA. Trained consultants respond to questions and offer suggestions for additional resources. Check the web site below for more information.

Job Accommodation Network
Occupational Information
What is the new O*NET System? back to top
O*NET, the Occupational Information Network, is the USDOL-sponsored comprehensive database of worker attributes and job characteristics. It replaces the Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT) as the nation's primary source of occupational information, and provides a common language for defining and describing occupations. More information about O*NET and its many useful tools for professionals can be found at the following web site:

O*NET Center
Can you recommend some tools for helping individuals identify their skills for the purpose of developing a résumé? back to top
In addition to the O*NET tools discussed in a previous FAQ, America's Career InfoNet has a Skills Profiler, which is a very good tool for identifying an individual's skills for specific occupations. It can be found at the following site:

Skills Profiler
Professional Development
What is a good Workforce Investment System (WIS) resource for a workforce professional who wants to know the latest information, trends, and solutions? back to top
The U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) has a web space which contains resources, updates, and links to assist workforce professionals in serving the needs of workers and businesses. The National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) has a Legislative News section noting developments on such topics as budget issues, guidelines, and Workforce Investment Act Reauthorization.

USDOL Workforce
NASWA News
     
Programs
What is the TOPPSTEP program? back to top
TOPPSTEP stands for The Offender Parolee Probationer State Training Employment Program. The goal is to help offenders transition back into society through the provision of resource and support information, academic and vocational instruction, and job placement services. It is a partnership among the State Board of Pardons and Paroles, the Georgia Department of Corrections, and the Georgia Department of Labor. TOPPSTEP staff is located in GDOL Career Centers.
Reemployment Programs
What is the status of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)? back to top
NAFTA and the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) were repealed and have been consolidated into one program by the Trade Adjustment Assistance Reform Act of 2002. The new act expands eligibility and increases timeliness for benefits. Workers whose employment was adversely affected as a result of increased imports from, or shifts in production to, foreign countries may apply for TAA. The program offers a variety of benefits and reemployment services, such as training, job search and relocation allowance, income support, and other services to assist workers prepare for and obtain suitable employment. See the following USDOL web site for more detailed information:

Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA)
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