Posts by Marcie Dingle

KRA Monthly Spotlight!

Today marks the beginning of the NAWDP 2016 Youth Development Symposium, an  annual event that KRA has championed, supported, and co-sponsored for many years.  Thus, it seems both appropriate and timely to shine our October Spotlight! on the Long Beach, CA Knowledge2Career (K2C) Academy, one of several KRA-proprietary programs operated across the country for young adults disconnected from school and work. Recognizing the critical nature of demand-driven job training—especially for young adults with their entire working lives ahead of them—KRA has always supported its business-customers in identifying the occupational skills, credentials, and training resources required to sustain and/or expand their
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KRA Customer Gains Employment and a Place to Call Home

In Why WIOA Matters to All of Us Working to End Homelessness, Rebecca Allen, Melville Charitable Trust, states, “…we always saw the resources and expertise of the workforce system’s American Job Centers to be the Holy Grail of finding a job.” KRA operates AJCs, coast-to-coast, utilizing resources provided through WIOA, and 35+ years’ workforce-development experience, to create innovative, integrated, and results-oriented opportunities for jobseeker-customers with severe barriers to sustainable employment, including homelessness. Recently, Diana Fernandez led a team of other KRA Career Agents and Business Services Consultants with the Greater Hartford AJC, operated for Capital Workforce Partners, to develop an aggressive Individual Employment
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KRA Welcomes New Oakland WDB Director

On October 5, representatives of the KRA/Business Engagement Services (BES) team, including Pamela Carnes, Program Manager, traveled to San Pablo, CA to support Rich Kinney, Mayor; Stephen Baiter, out-going Executive Director of the Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County (WDBCCC); and Patience Ofodu, WDBCCC Business Services Manager, at the West Contra Costa Career Fair, a community workforce-development event critical to the economic success of the area’s employers and jobseekers. The day before, the City of Oakland posted a press release, announcing “Stephen Baiter Appointed as Executive Director for the Oakland Workforce Development Board”, KRA funding partner for the BES operation
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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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