Education

Coweta residents among Fayette County layoffs

by Staff Reports

Georgia Department of Labor is planning several events to help the employees who will be affected in a few weeks by the closure of three elementary schools and a middle school in the Fayette County School System. The events are open to all Fayette County school employees interested in taking advantage of the services.

Fayette County School System and the state labor department also are looking for employers to help find jobs for the Fayette school employees who will no longer have jobs due to the closing of several schools.

Of the 300 Fayette school employees being laid off, 20 percent live in Coweta County, officials said.

Teachers, paraprofessionals, maintenance and food service personnel, administrators, and bus drivers are all being impacted by the closures.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler is bringing in his Special Workforce Assistance Team (SWAT) to host a Job Readiness Kickoff, Wednesday and Thursday, May 15-16, and a career expo, Wednesday, May 29. Both events will be held in the LaFayette Education Center, located at 205 LaFayette Ave., behind the Arby’s restaurant in downtown Fayetteville. Both events are open to all employees of the school system.

The kickoff will be held in Building D at the LaFayette Education Center from 3-6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. It will feature workshops on interviewing skills, marketing through social media, and how to succeed at a career expo. SWAT members will also write new resumes for the school system employees at no charge. SWAT consists of GDOL staff from across the state with specialized expertise to help job seekers succeed in their job search.

The career expo will be held in Building A at the LEC from 9 a.m. until noon on Wednesday, May 29. During the expo, attendees will meet with area employers who are hiring, including other school systems. They will also have the opportunity to hear about different options for training and education. And, they can visit with community resource providers who can assist them with other needs.

The GDOL is working with the Fayette County School System and the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce in planning the events.

Invited to take part in the mini expo are employers that have employment opportunities in the following areas:

• Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, middle, secondary, and special education teachers.

• Paraprofessional teacher’s aides.

• Cafeteria cooks, combined food prep and serving workers, and food prep workers.

• Janitors and cleaners.

• General maintenance and repair workers.

• School bus drivers.

• Education administrators and instructional coordinators.

• School counselors.

• Librarians.

• Secretaries.

• General office clerks and clerical library assistants.

• Bookkeeping, accounting, and cuditing clerks.

Employers looking for more information on the career expo should contact Angel Rollins at angel.rollins@gdol.ga.gov or call (678) 479-5886, ext 206.



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