For Immediate Release
July 17, 2009

Contact: Steve Wasko at 313-873-4542; cell 313-212-5636; steven.wasko@detroitk12.org
Or Jennifer Mrozowski at 313-873-8401; cell: 313-401-9018; jennifer.mrozowski@detroitk12.org

Receiving a notice stating that you will be laid off is one of the most stressful events in life. Most people can benefit from a thorough review of their skills, guidance and contact with prospective employers. In these days of a crippled economy, the former employer does well to take the lead and help laid-off employees find those services. The Detroit Public Schools District is doing just that.

On Tuesday, July 28 from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. and Wednesday, July 29 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., laid-off DPS employees may attend a Worker Orientation Fair, to receive general information and assistance. The event will take place at Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior High School, 3200 E. Lafayette. There will be general information sessions held every two hours followed by breakout sessions that will provide employees with more personalized attention. The Orientation Sessions will also provide help for those who are beginning their search for new employment, through the Michigan Talent Bank Registration and Training Opportunities.

Key to the success of this project is the Joint Adjustment Committee (JAC) composed of a coalition of DPS staff and administration, DPS Unions, the City of Detroit Department of Workforce Development, and representatives from the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth. This core group will provide information, and has also recruited a number of agencies and businesses that will be on hand to talk to employees about the numerous services they offer. The agencies and businesses invited to participate include:

*Angel Food Ministries
*Blue Cross Blue Shield
*Detroit Health Department
*DTE Energy
*Friend of the Court
*HRDI/Peer-to-Peer Program
* MIChild Information
*Michigan Department of Community Health
*Michigan Department of Human Services
*Michigan Works
*Office of Retirement Systems
*Salvation Army
*Social Security Administration
*Unemployment Insurance Agency
*United Way for Southeastern Michigan

Providing information on the front end at the orientation session does not define the extent of the entire support program. An intensive follow-up plan will be implemented by the JAC to make sure that laid-off workers receive essential services. For additional support and services, laid-off employees may visit the JAC website http://www.detroitk12.org/resources/staff/jac/ . For more details call 313-873-7470.

This project is sponsored by the Joint Adjustment Committee (JAC), Robert C. Bobb, Emergency Financial Manager, and Teresa Gueyser, Esq., Acting Superintendent.

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