Posts by Marcie Dingle

KRA Staff Honored for Contributions to Community

Recently, a black-tie gala honored One Hundred Men of Color for positive contributions and long-term commitments to their respective Connecticut and Western Massachusetts communities. Artie Owens and Anthony Harrington were among these 100 dedicated and distinguished men, acknowledged for their unwavering support of business, civic, and education sectors in the community, positively impacting the lives of individuals, especially our youth, throughout the Greater Hartford area. Owens, Program Director of a KRA/AJC network that covers 37 towns in Connecticut’s North Central Region for Capital Workforce Partners, provides guidance, oversight, and support for 70+ staff members who operate and manage specialized WIOA
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KRA Launches 8th Annual Community Care Campaign

Recently, KRA announced that its  2016 Community Care Campaign (CCC) focuses on two special jobseeker-populations, whose obstacles to meaningful and sustainable employment are not necessarily mutually exclusive: youth suffering from a form of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and individuals with criminal backgrounds, i.e., ex-offenders. CCC Committee Coordinator, Nate’ Gordon, reports, “Most often, PTSD is used to describe a debilitating condition exhibited by Veterans who have served in war-torn areas of the world.  However, as incidences of inner-city violence increase right here at home, we are  encountering PTSD-type symptoms of anxiety, depression, and hopelessness in our young-adult customers—fueled by challenges of un- and
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KRA Partnership Hosts Successful Career Expo

Recently, KRA hosted the 1st Annual Alameda County Career Expo in collaboration with the Alameda County Workforce Development Board (WDB), the Oakland WDB, and the City of San Leandro, CA. Convened at the Zero Net Energy Center in San Leandro, the huge event was also supported by the Contra Costa County WDB, the East Bay Economic Development Alliance, the EASTBAY Works America’s Job Centers network, and the Oakland Private Industry Council. Expo numbers were beyond impressive—more than 50 private- and public-sector employers, with 750 job opportunities, invested $250-$500 to take advantage of varying levels of participation; 500 jobseekers pre-registered; and
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KRA Hiring Events Yield Outstanding Results for Business-Customer Walmart

Deona Dorsey, KRA Operations Manager-Special Projects, Metro Region Career Centers, operated for the San Diego Workforce Partnership, reports, ” KRA San Diego has successfully connected hundreds of retail professionals with Walmart employment opportunities. It started with a community-wide effort to initiate a retail-focused hiring event for the holiday season, and as a regional leader in connecting jobseekers with employment, KRA San Diego was the optimal resource for facilitating the event. Ziad Eskharia, KRA Employment Specialist, Breaking Barriers San Diego, and I coordinated the first hiring event, with 150 jobseekers receiving on-site interviews, and a significant number walking away with job offers!
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KRA Customers Inspired by Entrepreneurial Success Story

When Tiffany Largie, renowned Business Strategies Expert, approached the KRA Educational Department team of the DC TANF Employment Program (TEP), operated for the DC Department of Human Services, offering to share her personal journey to successful entrepreneurship, KRA/TEP staff and customers  welcomed the opportunity to attend one of her dynamic symposia. A single mother of two, Ms. Largie had overcome personal and workplace challenges very similar to those experienced by many KRA/TEP customers, some of whom had expressed interest in eventually creating their own business enterprises. David Holman, KRA/TEP Job Developer, commented, “Ms. Largie’s personal testimony and subsequent successes touched the
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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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