Posts by Marcie Dingle

KRA Customers’ Careers Back on Track

Arlene and Karen had much in common: single with children; separated from careers in which they had invested many years; and at an age, 47, they felt was an obstacle to re-entering the workforce in positions close to, if not the same as, those they had held. Neither ever imagined circumstances that would lead them to PGWorks, operated by KRA for the Prince George’s County Department of Social Services.  Arlene needed self-sustaining employment to avoid applying for TANF benefits, and Karen sought a living-wage opportunity to support her family, as well as to re-pay foster-care benefits incurred on her behalf. Both
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KRA Supports Healthcare Business Expansion Effort

KRA’s Work Participation, Placement, and Support Services Program, operated for the Baltimore City Department of Social Services, has partnered with a major local hospital, providing HR-support services to fill Dietary, Environmental Services, and Nursing positions critical to immediate and long-range growth and expansion goals. KRA’s innovative workplace-readiness, screening, and selection processes have already resulted in a Food Service Technician hire, and 10 more pre-screened candidates for CNA, Dietary Aide, and additional Technician openings. KRA looks forward to providing exceptional customer service to our new partner, challenged by the staffing demands imposed by a high-growth industry sector, and to our talented jobseekers
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KRA Creates Virtual Job Fair (VJF)…

…with the DC Public Charter School Board, Rocketship Education , and the TANF Employment Program, operated by KRA for the DC Department of Human Services, to recruit and screen candidates to fill counseling, teaching,  and general-construction positions.  The VJF utilizes Twitter’s Blab.im live-streaming application. KRA advertised VJF availability through several venues, convened a successful “mock” VJF to test functionality, and scheduled the live event for February 9, 2016. Jacque Patterson, Rocketship Regional Director, stated that he is “excited about this partnership with KRA…”, and his plan for building five schools over the next few years promises a mutually productive, long-term business relationship
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KRA Monthly Spotlight!

Our Spotlight! is shining brightly on KRA partner, Cathedral Kitchen (CK), and the students enrolled in KRA’s Out-of-School Youth (OSY) Program, funded by the Camden County Workforce Investment Board. Nigel Charles, KRA/Camden Instructor, reports, “In November 2015, during an OSY Workshop session, we discussed a 2014 Census Bureau statistic that close to 40% of the Camden, New Jersey population lives below the federal poverty level. Beginning with the general challenges imposed by living in poverty, the discussion soon evolved into the specific, day-to-day impact, including the lack of enough food, that poverty has on families and their children.” Motivated to
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KRA Monthly Spotlight!

Our Spotlight! is shining brightly on the KRA/DC TANF Employment Program’s (TEP) Job Development Services team that supported new business partner, Walmart, in a major staffing effort for the Grand Opening of the retail giant’s third DC Supercenter, which announced on its October 28th webpage, “What an amazing day for Fort Totten and the Lamond-Riggs community.” Chris Vera, Job Developer, reports, “It was also an amazing day for DC/TEP, which KRA operates for the Department of Human Services.  About a year ago, I noticed a lot of positive media attention on the prospect of Walmart building in ‘the DC community’ as
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KRA Coordinates Major Recruitment Strategy for Tesla Motors

The KRA Alameda County Business Development Group (BDG) has been uniquely positioned to spearhead the Alameda County WIB’s effort to assist Tesla Motors with filling 400 production-assembly positions. Tesla, one of the largest employers in the Bay area, is an automotive and energy-storage firm that designs, manufactures, and sells luxury electric cars, electric-vehicle power-train components, and battery products. Pamela Carnes, Program Manager, reports, “This project provides an exciting opportunity for KRA/BDG to coordinate a large recruitment and screening effort, locally with the East Bay Works Regional group’s 15 locations, providing great service to a new business customer, and boosting the Alameda
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Unique Recruitment Strategy for KRA/San Diego Business Customers

Deona Dorsey, Operations Manager-Special Projects, and Terrance Bowens, Workshop Facilitator, contacted three of the area’s largest employers…San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS), University of California, San Diego (UCSD), and SeaWorld…offering a creative, individualized strategy for filling open positions: Hiring Information Sessions. During each SeaWorld and MTS session at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Workforce Development Center (WDC)–one of five Career Centers operated for the San Diego Workforce Partnership–jobseekers met with recruiters to learn about available openings, the hiring process, and how to apply and follow-up. Diana Saldivar, Social Media Coordinator, commented, “In addition to traditional advertising methods used locally, we
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For New KRA/Camden Business Customer…It's Personal

When Kimberly Smith-Bristow, Program Manager, learned that Kleenland LLC was the new maintenance contractor for the building housing the Job Skills Training Directly Related to Employment Program, KRA-operated for the Camden County WIB, she lost no time requesting a meeting with Mark Benson, owner. Within days, Kimberly met with Mr. Benson to discuss a business partnership, wherein KRA/Camden would provide Kleenland with a pipeline of qualified workers to fill open positions.  She reports, “Most of our jobseeker-customers are TANF recipients–which struck a personal chord with Mr. Benson, who was once a public-assistance recipient himself.” Dedicated to helping others achieve self-sufficiency, and
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KRA DC/PG County Support Business Partner's Toy Drive

Job Developers Monty Campbell, TerryLee Price, and Chris Vera joined Angela Suggs, Chick-fil-A Marketing Director, and “friends” of the District Heights, Maryland, restaurant for their first Toy Drive supporting Samaritans Purse Operation Christmas Child. In a separate goodwill gesture, JD Team Lead, Olivia Vaughns, purchased toys and donated a big bag-full to the Drive, for which the goal was to collect enough toys to fill 200 gift boxes, but received donations that resulted in gifts for 250 children! According to Program Manager, Anthony Featherstone, “Chick-fil-A and KRA’s DC and Prince George’s County TANF Programs have engaged in a very productive business partnership for about a year
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KRA/Baltimore Receives Business Partnership Accolade

In January 2014, the Baltimore Horseshoe Casino announced it was launching a citywide outreach effort to fill 1,700 jobs for a new $442-million entertainment complex. According to Ernestine Chambers, Operations Manager for the Work Participation, Placement, and Support Services Program, “Casino staff-hiring and -replacement is a continuous industry challenge, with some establishments reporting turnover rates as high as 80 percent!” However, statistics indicate that pre-hire, work-readiness programs, such as the Horseshoe Legendary Academy, reduce turnover significantly, e.g., since the August 2014 Grand Opening, 53 percent–964–of the original Academy graduates are still on-the-job!” From the beginning of the outreach program, KRA/Baltimore–operated for the Baltimore
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