Posts by Marcie Dingle

KRA/K2C Builds Business-Worksite Partnerships

Combating a young-adult unemployment rate of 20.7%, the Knowledge2Career (K2C) Academy, a KRA-proprietary workforce-services program, continues establishing mutually-productive partnerships to create innovative solutions for preparing young adults—disconnected from school and the workforce—to qualify for high-demand occupations with local businesses. Supported by the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network, KRA/K2C is developing employment-development agreements with Island’s Restaurant, PMG Athletic Funding, Two The Root Beauty Salon, and ScoutReach for Paid Work Experience (PWE) opportunities, with potential for fulltime employment. Also, an expanded program has been proposed to Island’s Restaurant corporate office to provide PWE assignments at their “fine burgers and drinks” restaurants in
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KRA Monthly Spotlight!

KRA Continues Building Alliances To Support Disabled Jobseekers – As the KRA Community Care Campaign (CCC) Committee plans for our 2016 initiative to be launched next month, we reflect on the success of the 2015 CCC, which targeted disability employment. Coast-to-coast, KRA programs collaborated with community partners to develop and/or expand projects that capitalize on the abilities of jobseekers for whom mental and/or physical challenges present significant barriers to sustainable employment. KRA thanks all of the dedicated private, public, and non-profit organizations with whom we continue to partner in keeping disability employment a high-priority workforce-services concern. And, we proudly acknowledge our
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KRA Airs More “Searching in San Diego” Podcasts

In March, the KRA San Diego Metro Career Centers, operated for the San Diego Workforce Partnership, launched an increasingly popular online media tool—podcasting—which provides on-demand access to information and resources. The launch included an introductory episode on Why Social Media is Important for Workforce Development. In April, Diana Saldivar, KRA Social Media Coordinator, announced, “We have released our first four ‘Searching in San Diego’ podcasts in our continuing objective to stay connected to our career-seekers, business partners, and other Metro Region workforce-development stakeholders.” In the ensuing months, KRA/San Diego has aired 11 more podcasts, five “How To” episodes, such as How to
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KRA Monthly Spotlight!

In Long Beach, California, our Spotlight! is shining brightly on the KRA-proprietary Knowledge2Career Academy (K2C) and the Educational Partnership High School (EPHS), a relationship that began during the 2015-2016 start-up year, when JP Elma, Pacific Gateway Contract Liaison, introduced Shawna Wright, KRA/K2C Project Director, to EPHS’ Racquel Welch-Kitchen, College & Career Coordinator, and Joel Lovelace, Counselor/Teacher. Shawna reports, “Immediately, we recognized the benefits our out-of-school youth could derive from a KRA/K2C-EPHS partnership, and subsequently developed innovative strategies for connecting youth to opportunities for sustainable workforce success, for themselves and for our City’s economic growth and stability.” Through KRA/K2C, youth receive targeted
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KRA Supports Non-Traditional Career Opportunities for Women

According to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics’ figures, on a national level,  women comprise less than 8% percent of Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics, an industry sector where the median wage is $45,240 in Maryland, and the occupational outlook extremely strong. Recently, supporting a demonstration-grant award to a community partner, KRA’s Work Participation, Placement, and Support Services Program, funded by the Baltimore City Department of Social Services, provided facilities and staff to augment our partner’s recruitment, screening, and referral processes for an Automotive Services Training Program. One hundred percent of the KRA/Baltimore candidates…almost one-third of whom were women…completed the NCIA
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KRA Targets More In-Demand Business Sectors

Connecticut Department of Labor statistics indicate that the State-average annual salary for Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) Machinists is more than $43,000, with a strong occupational outlook due to the demands of employers engaged in  Aerospace/Defense, Commercial/Industrial Products, and Medical Surgery/Implant Devices business sectors. Through an innovative regional collaboration—Capital Workforce Partners, KRA client for the operation of the Greater Hartford American Job Center, and Goodwin College—15 AJC customers are participating in a 6-week CNC-relevant reading and math preparation course, generously funded by the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, followed by an 18-credit CNC Machinist Training Program funded by WIOA. CNC Machinists possess
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KRA Continuous Quality Improvement in Action

As part of its CQI Plan, the KRA/TANF Employment Program (TEP), operated for the DC Department of Human Services, conducts ongoing assessments of key program elements to provide its jobseekers and employers the highest possible level of quality customer service. Responding to the results of an analysis of jobseeker educational attainment, KRA/TEP instructional staff participated in a program, offered by the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education, receiving  Implementation Training, eTest Online Coordinator Certification, and eTest Online Proctor Certification related to the administration of  “foundational educational credentialing” programs. Now trained and certified, KRA/TEP Instructors are better prepared to
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KRA Assists Non-TCA Recipients Achieve Success

KRA/PGWorks business-partner, Dave & Buster’s, “the only place to eat. drink. play”, has hired a new Server, Ms. KimoNe Mitchell! For the Prince George’s County [Maryland] Department of Social Services, KRA operates the PGWorks Employment and Training Program for jobseekers applying for, or already receiving, TCA or SNAP benefits.  Customers without dependent children do not qualify for TCA, but are eligible for SNAP’s Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents component. Career Agent Ashelley Wilder reports, “KimoNe enrolled after an extended period of unemployment.  Through our Job-Readiness Academy, we helped her showcase specific abilities, interests, and skills—in addition to considerable wait-staff and customer-service expertise—that would capture a
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KRA 2016 CWP Workforce Stars

Recently, Capital Workforce Partners, KRA client-partner for the operation of the American Job Center (AJC) for Connecticut’s North Central Region, held its Annual Workforce Stars Breakfast and Awards Ceremony. Two of the award winners, Daniel Rivera and Gus Marks-Hamilton, were jobseeker-customers nominated by Mark Allen, AJC/KRA Free to Succeed Retention Specialist. KRA President & CEO Knowlton R. Atterbeary and KRA Vice President & COO Patrick Boxall were among the nearly 200 attendees, gathered to honor the achievements and commitment of area career-driven youth, businesses committed to workforce development, and adult career-seekers who have re-entered the workforce. CWP President & CEO Thomas Phillips opened the ceremony,
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KRA Monthly Spotlight!

One year ago today, the Maryland Secretary of Labor, Licensing and Regulation announced that the Baltimore City Mayor’s Office of Employment Development (MOED) had received a $5M demonstration grant, part of a $22M nationwide USDOL grant to seven urban areas with high youth unemployment, “to develop innovative job training strategies and work opportunities for at-risk youth and young adults.” Industries targeted in the Federal grant  included Construction, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Technology, and Transportation/Logistics. Ernestine Chambers, 2016 NAWDP-Award winner and KRA Operations Manager for a TANF Work Participation, Placement, and Support Services Program—funded by the Baltimore City Department of Social Services—reports, “MOED
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