Posts by Marcie Dingle

KRA Maintains 85% Job-Retention Rate With  Business Customers

KRA’s Baltimore City workforce-development program, funded by the Department of Social Services, supports area businesses by providing trained and reliable workers, prepared through comprehensive work-participation activities, including Community Work Experience training opportunities, and intensive job-readiness workshops. Ernestine Chambers, Operations Manager, reports, “For some workforce-services programs, job-placement is the end-goal, but for KRA/Baltimore, employment for our customers is only one objective to be achieved toward our ultimate goal—job-retention that will lead to career advancement. After our Job Development Specialists have secured the opportunities with the employers, to ensure that employment is maintained, our Career Advancement Team provides  post-placement case management and retention-support services, up
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KRA Business-Customers Support Juvenile-Offender Initiative

KRA’s Knowledge2Careers (K2C) Academy, funded by the Pacific Gateway Workforce Development Board, provides area businesses with trained and reliable young workers, 17-24, for unfilled positions, simultaneously combating a local 20% youth-unemployment rate. Challenging another statistic gravely affecting the available labor pool—70% juvenile-offender recidivism—Notre Dame University Law School’s GALILEE Program initiated a collaboration, coalescing the Law School, MATFA, KRA/K2C, and the Marine Exchange of Southern California, to engage 60+ youth transitioning from detention at the Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall. The event, focused on attainable post-incarceration opportunities, produced such positive results that KRA/K2C, MATFA, and the Marine Exchange are continuing the initiative,
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KRA Supports Businesses’ Ex-offender Hiring Events

Business Services Representatives (BSR) of KRA’s Work Participation, Placement, and Support Services Program—operated for the Baltimore City Department of Social Services—are active contributors, applying their expertise in employer-focused workplace development, to “Turnaround Tuesday” activities and events. Created by Baltimore United in Leadership Development (BUILD), and attended by local business representatives and other key community stakeholders, Turnaround Tuesdays provide educational activities,  career-preparation workshops, and hiring events for ex-offenders, an initiative that compliments KRA/Baltimore’s own innovative workforce-readiness program. In an advocacy role, a BSR team member accompanies pre-screened, qualified candidates to hiring events, supporting them to connect effectively with employers—such as Home Depot,
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KRA Introduces Innovative Communications Tool

KRA’s San Diego Metro Region Career Center program, operated for the San Diego Workforce Partnership, is launching a new communications medium—podcasting, i.e. making audio files available for downloading to a computer or mobile device, or online streaming. Diana Saldivar, Social Media Coordinator, reports, “As an increasingly popular method for gaining on-demand access to information and resources, podcasting is an incredible tool for connecting with KRA/San Diego business partners, career-seekers, and community stakeholders about our exceptional programs and services, as well as addressing broader workforce-development topics relevant to our Region. We are currently soliciting podcast topics, and invite you to take the Podcast Poll to vote for what you
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KRA February Spotlight!

KRA business partners, such as First Transit, appreciate the comprehensive  assessment, screening, and post-placement follow-up services that have resulted in employment for 25+  PGWorks‘ jobseekers at an hourly rate up to $16.00, well above the local prevailing minimum wage. First Transit is the North American subsidiary of the international transportation giant, First Group, a public-transit provider specializing in fixed-route; paratransit; and airport, hospital, and university shuttle-bus services. Customized to the needs of  those enrolled in PGWorks, funded by the Prince George’s County [MD]Department of Social Services, workforce-preparation through KRA’s proprietary Job-Readiness Academy ensures that customers are fully prepared to take advantage of self-sustaining
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Customer Credits KRA for Career Longevity Success

In May 2015, after 6 jobless years, through  the KRA/PGWorks‘ Non-Custodial Parent Employment Program, ex-Security Officer Gerald Mackall was hired by USDA/APHIS as an Administrative Support Assistant, and was featured in a KRA  June 2015 article.  Since then, his career-path journey has been nothing short of meteoric. Last month, Gerald completed 2 months of a 6-month Basic LDP [Leadership Development Program], to be followed by a 9-month Intermediate LDP; this month, finished 4 of 10 Contracting Officer Certification Program courses, and once credentialed, will qualify for a GS-15 salary range of $128K to $160K; and next month, is re-registering at
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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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