Heading up the Cartersville Career Center at 19 Felton Place, Couch works daily to help others — either through services offered by the Department of Labor or through the efforts of the Cartersville-Bartow County Employer Committee/HR Council.
As manager, Couch helps lead the local Employer Committee/HR Council, a nonprofit service of the Georgia Department of Labor. The Employer Committee/HR Council is a professional network of business leaders sharing knowledge and expertise about leadership and human resource services.
In addition to regular meetings highlighting guest speakers and topics of interest, the Employer Committee/HR Council hosts the annual Hoops for Hope youth basketball tournament held each December. Funds raised at last year’s tournament led to the donation of more than $7,500 to area nonprofits, including $3,500 to Bartow Give A Kid A Chance, $2,000 in scholarships for Bartow residents participating in the Chattahoochee Technical College GED program, $1,000 to the Etowah Scholarship Foundation and $1,000 for Good Neighbor Homeless Shelter, in addition to donations to the Georgia State Employer Committee and the Cartersville Career Center staff appreciation fund.
Name: Jan Couch
Occupation/Title: Manager Georgia Department of Labor Cartersville Career Center
City of residence: Cartersville
Family: Son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter, mom and dad living at 83 and 87
Education: BBA, West Georgia College
What led you to a career with the Georgia Department of Labor?
A: At that time, I was working in Atlanta and was just looking for a job closer to home. Under the guidance of a great individual, Mr. Larry Beck, manager of the Cartersville Department of Labor, I accepted a position with the Cartersville office that led to a rewarding career.
What is the most rewarding part of your role in the community?
A: Attending Leadership Bartow through the Chamber provided networking, friends, team building and awareness of the community. The most rewarding part of my role was the opportunity to work with different agencies, training and educational providers, the Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Department to bring employers and applicants together.
What do you believe is the greatest misperception of the DOL?
A: That we only provide unemployment insurance services.
What are some of the services offered by GDOL that readers are often unaware of?
A: In addition to providing assistance with unemployment insurance, we provide many other valuable services. These services are provided at “no cost.” Our team assists individuals in finding employment through career guidance, referral to job training providers, and developing job search techniques including resume assistance and interviewing techniques. We assist employers by meeting their business needs through employee recruitment, selection services and labor market information. We assist veterans and provide employers with information on incentives/tax credits for hiring veterans.
What would you consider your greatest personal or professional achievement?
A: Being blessed with my son, John, and a wonderful daughter-in-law, Mandy, and a precious granddaughter, Ansley.
How do you plan to spend your retirement?
A: Spending time with family and friends, maybe some travel, hopefully some walks on the beach, and hopefully working part-time.
What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
A: Don’t sweat the small stuff!
What would most people be surprised to learn about you?
A: After college, I lived and worked in Atlanta for 10 years as an auditor for the Internal Revenue Service.
Where is your favorite place to be in Bartow County?
A: Playing in the backyard with my granddaughter Ansley.
What are three words you would use to describe yourself?
A: Blessed! Thankful! And Happy!
If you were not in this line of work, what would you like to do?
A: I like to see young people fulfill their dreams and achieve success. Possibly in a university or college setting.