Georgia Department Of Labor To Hold Paychecks For Patriots Career Expos

Wednesday, October 9, 2013
The Georgia Department of Labor’s (GDOL) Paychecks for Patriots career expos will be held Thursday, Oct. 17, across the state to help current service members and veterans connect with employers looking for the skills and expertise gained while serving in the U.S. military.

The GDOL has brought together a team that will help to support State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler’s initiative to address employment needs and challenges facing as many as 80,000 veterans who are expected to return home to Georgia over the next four years.


The department is teaming up with the Tennessee Department of Labor, the Georgia National Guard, the Technology Association of Georgia, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration, the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency, and corporate host Dollar General to sponsor the expos.

"We, at the Georgia Department of Labor, understand the sacrifices these service men and women have made to keep us safe, and can think of no better way to thank them for their service than by helping them find their place in the workforce when they return home," said Commissioner Butler. "We owe it to them to do everything we can to assist them. We’re committed to giving them the highest level of dedication."

Dollar General is the lead corporate sponsor for Paychecks for Patriots in both Georgia and Tennessee. The company is working to bring national corporations to the expos to help make the connection with veterans.  Local businesses are also being recruited to participate by GDOL staff.

"We’re thrilled that Paychecks for Patriots is now launching in Georgia as Dollar General and its partner employers value the skills, knowledge and attributes acquired through military service," said Bob Ravener, executive vice president and chief people officer for Dollar General. "We’re proud to play an integral role in this public-private partnership."

The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) is helping recruit technology companies across the state to expand the number of participating employers the service members and veterans can connect with.

"TAG is working diligently to help technology companies locate and connect the best and brightest candidates in the field. At a time when soldiers are looking for their next destination, we want to make sure they know all that Georgia has to offer in the way of opportunities and success,” said Tino Mantella, TAG president.

The GDOL and the Georgia National Guard will be hosting a special kick-off celebration at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 16, at the Clay National Guard Center, 1000 Halsey Ave., Building 447, in Marietta.

The Paychecks for Patriots expos will be held in Augusta, Metro Atlanta, Columbus, Savannah, and Warner Robins at the following locations:

Atlanta Metro
Chattahoochee Technical College Acworth Campus
5198 Ross Road Acworth, GA 30102
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Augusta
Fort Gordon US Army Reserve
15th Street and Lane Avenue
Fort Gordon, GA 30905
9 a.m.  to 1 p.m.

Columbus
Columbus State University Cunningham Conference Center
4225 University Ave.
Columbus, GA 31907
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Warner Robins
Central Georgia Tech
80 Cohen Walker Drive
Warner Robins, GA 31088
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Savannah
Savannah Tech
5717 White Bluff Road
Savannah, GA 31405
1 p.m. to 5 p.m.


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