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Meetings offer information for jobless
Sessions set for Thursday
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Forsyth County News

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Georgia Mountains Workforce Development will hold information sessions at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Thursday at the Forsyth Central Park Recreation Center, 2300 Keith Bridge Road. Those attending are asked to bring their driver’s license and call (770) 538-2727 before Thursday.

Those out of work may be eligible for assistance through Georgia Mountains Workforce Development.

Representatives of the organization, a division of the Georgia Mountains Regional Commission, will hold informational meetings at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Thursday at the Central Park Recreation Center.

John Phillips, director of the organization, said the meetings are meant to help educate the public on assistance they can receive.

“We want people to come out and see about our programs and learn if they may qualify,” he said. “We can help the unemployed or underemployed.”

Through the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, the organization can provide funding for continuing education, Phillips said.

“We can pay for up to two years of schooling for those who qualify,” he said.

Phillips said informational meetings have been held in Hall County for several years, but are now being offered in all 13 northeast Georgia counties the agency serves.

“We’re kind of unknown out there, so we’re going to all the counties to let people know we’re here,” he said. “And since we’re working primarily with unemployed, it’s easier for them if we come to their counties.”

Phillips said Forsyth will be the third county representatives have visited.

“Our first meetings in Lumpkin and White counties had from 10 to 20 people, but we’ve had a big sign-up already for the Forsyth meetings,” he said. “Lanier [Technical College] has let all of their students know.”

Besides educational assistance for adults, the organization also offers summer job opportunities and training programs for youth.

Anyone interested in attending one of Thursday’s meetings is asked to contact the office in advance, though Phillips said notice is not required.

“If they don’t call, they can still come,” he said. “They will need to bring their driver’s license with them.”