The transitional local plan for LWDA-11 will be out for a 30-day public comment period from April 1, 2017 to April 30, 2017. Public comments can be made to Jimmy Bell, WIOA Director, either by mail at Southwest Human Resource Agency, P.O. Box 264, Henderson, TN 38340, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by telephone at (731) 983-3688.
Southwest Human Resource Agency and the West Tennessee Workforce Development Board (LWDA-11) for Chester, Decatur, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, Henderson, Madison and McNairy counties would like comments on the Local Strategic Plan for the Workforce Investment System under Title I of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 1998.
Copies of the plan will be available for public review at Southwest Human Resource Agency and may be viewed online by clicking: 2014-2019 LWIA-11 Publication of Plan from March 18, 2014 until April 18, 2014.
Forward any comments by 4:00 p.m. on April 18, 2014 to:
Jimmy Bell, WIOA Director
Southwest Human Resource Agency
1527 White Avenue
P.O. Box 264
Henderson, TN 38340
For Edmund Thomas getting a second chance was something he wasn’t sure that he would ever receive.
After serving seven and a half years in prison for dealing drugs, he was certain that maintaining steady employment would be difficult for him to achieve.
He has seen first hand that it is extremely difficult in these times to have someone give you a second chance when you have a felony on your record.
Then his luck finally changed. Jones Lumber Company in Henderson offered Edmund his second chance by partnering with WIOA’s On-the-Job Training program. By receiving reimbursement through WIOA to alleviate training costs, Jones Lumber Company hired him. Finally his life was starting to make a turn for the positive.
Edmund stated that “ I give thanks every day to God for the chance Jones Lumber Company and WIOA has given me. Without this job I could have easily turned back to my old way of life.”
He hopes his story will have an impact on others. He has given his testimony to some local youth groups, and wishes to become more involved in the area.
Jones Lumber Company is located at 2785 Old Jackson Rd. in Henderson.
Several months ago a single mother of two named Candy moved to Decatur County from Michigan. She came to the area with essentially no money and no job in place.
After hearing that WIOA could possibly assist her in getting some sort of training, she visited the local WIOA office in Parsons. She was hoping that she might be able to attend truck driving school and that WIOA would be able to help her with the tuition cost.
She met with WIOA Career Specialist Su Therrell and they discussed some possible options for Candy. Su instructed her to look into the schools that were available while also considering the cost for each school. For the first time since she had moved to West Tennessee, Candy finally felt like she was on the right track to providing for her children once again.
After weighing her options, Candy returned to the WIOA office the next week to inform Su that she had decided to enroll in the truck driving program offered by the Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Jackson (formerly the Tennessee Technology Center at Jackson).
Her only mode of transportation was an old van. She was unable to afford the gas money that it cost to commute back and forth to Jackson, and did not have enough money to pay for a place to stay either. Candy made the decision that she was going to do whatever it took to get through school even if it meant sleeping in her van on school nights. With her parents agreeing to watch her children, sleeping in her van is exactly what she did.
Candy’s ‘anything it takes’ mentality paid off as she was able to finish the truck driving program. She credits Su for guiding her along her journey and supporting her in every way possible. She now has a job with a long haul trucking company, and without the help of Su and the WIOA program none of this likely would have been possible.
Several LWDA-11 enrollees receive their pins after completing the LPN Program at Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Crump.
These successful individuals will soon be able to begin a new career journey due to their hard work and dedication.