Posts by Marcie Dingle

KRA Monthly Spotlight!

Our September Spotlight! is shining brightly on National Workforce Development Month, and the organization responsible for its creation, the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals. As the result of a nationwide 2014 campaign, NAWDP, “The Voice of the Professional”, was successful in having September designated as National Workforce Development Month “to honor all those individual professionals who play such a vital role in our nation’s economic recovery efforts.” During the campaign, NAWDP’s website stated, “We hope our call for recognition through National Workforce Development Month will strike a responsive chord and bring support from political leadership, businesses, educational agencies, economic development organizations,
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Demand-Driven Job Training Essential to KRA/WIOA Services

Established in 1890, Camden Day Nursery is the oldest daycare business in Camden, NJ, and one of KRA’s most valued partners, providing Community Work Experience Program opportunities for the Job Skills Training Directly Related to Employment Program*. After 2 years’ unemployment, and surviving on public-assistance benefits, 27-year old Joshua Reed enrolled with KRA/Camden, intent on training for a career in an industry that provided advancement and stability, opportunities lacking in the dead-end, short-term jobs he had held. After  job-readiness assessment and preparation, Nicole Powers, CWEP Coordinator, contacted Camden Day for a potential work-experience opportunity for Joshua.  And, impressed with his confident and personable demeanor,
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KRA Partners With "Green" Company

David Veney, KRA Job Developer, PGWorks, reports development of a partnership to provide NPEP participants jobs. Mr. Nagee Abdullah, NIA Solutions’ Owner and GM, visited PGWorks and conducted an orientation, in response to which 12 NPEP customers registered for a 3-day training. To date, five have completed the training–WGL/NIA history, vision, and growth; the benefits of  “going green”; business development, marketing, and field-sales tips and techniques–and were engaged to attract property owners in assigned areas with more affordable, eco-friendly energy services. David concluded, “The ‘green’ sector of the Energy Industry is growing fast.  Successful NPEP participants can earn $500+ a week,
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KRA/DC Customer Accepted for Assistant General Counsel Internship

In October 2014, we reported that in June 2010, Candas Taylor was working successfully as a Contract Attorney with a DC law firm. Three years later, she was unemployed and supporting her family on Unemployment Insurance benefits. Martha Homan, Team Lead Career Agent, reported, “When her UI expired, and Candas couldn’t find permanent employment, she was assigned to the  KRA/TANF Employment Program (TEP) by our client, the DC Department of Human Services, where she applied for public assistance. KRA/TEP was successful in placing Candas as a Pro Bono Assistant Attorney with the DC Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration under an unpaid Community Work
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KRA/Baltimore Recruits Talent at Local Job Fair

Recently, it was reported that Ernestine Chambers, Operations Manager, and Jermietra Carroll, Business Services Representative (BSR), with the Work Participation, Placement, and Support Services Program–operated by KRA for the Baltimore City Department of Social Services–had attended a church-sponsored Job Fair. Jermietra reported, “One goal for attending the Fair was to meet with representatives of local agencies, businesses, and organizations to identify potential resources for our volunteer CWE Program, as well as paid job-placement opportunities.  Secondly, we intended to recruit candidates for an open position on our BSR team.” Missions accomplished!  Not only has KRA/Baltimore developed several strong Community Work Experience partnerships for the program, they interviewed three qualified BSR
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KRA Monthly Spotlight!

Our Spotlight! is shining brightly on National Child Support Awareness Month and the Non-Custodial Parent Employment Program (NPEP), an integral component of the PGWorks Employment and Training Program, operated by KRA for the Prince George’s County Department of Social Services. Michaela Smalls, Career Agent, reported, “KRA champions the nationwide August initiative, and that of our own Maryland Child Support Enforcement Administration [CSEA], to highlight the critical importance of financial support and stability for our children. But, for KRA/PGWorks, every month focuses on child-support awareness–and enforcement–through NPEP, which provides aggressive job-placement assistance for parents delinquent on child-support obligations due to lack of employment.”
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KRA's Rayos Accepts Invitation to Join CMC Advisory Group

Maylynne Rayos, CWDP, Training Account Coordinator, San Diego Metro Region Career Centers–operated by KRA for the San Diego Workforce Partnership–has been invited by the California Medical College (CMC) to join its all-volunteer Institutional and Occupational Advisory Board Committee. CMC, one of the largest WIOA-approved Training Providers, offers occupational education and certification for in-demand Allied Health Industry positions, including Home Health Aides;  Nursing Assistants; Insurance & Coding Specialists; and EKG, Pharmacy, and Professional Medical Technicians. Maylynne reported, “I manage all training-component funds, processing documentation–applications, assessments, etc.–for our customers needing to subsidize their  job training through WIOA-funded Individual Training Accounts, or employer-supported Customized Training and On-the-Job Training Programs.  I am honored
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KRA Attracts Roberta's House as CWE Partner

Usually, KRA/Baltimore hosts Career Fairs, such as those organized monthly for the Work Participation, Placement, and Support Services Program–operated for the Baltimore City Department of Social Services.  Recently, however, Ernestine Chambers, Operations Manager, and Jermietra Carroll, Business Services Representative, attended a Job Fair sponsored by a local church. Ernestine explained, “Apparently, Judge Claudia Barber–previously a Hearing Officer for Baltimore City Public Schools–after visiting the KRA website, contacted us with an invitation to attend, which we eagerly accepted. Our goal was to meet with other local businesses and organizations, and invite them to partner with us as potential sources of volunteer opportunities
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KRA Program and Customer Benefit From State OJT

Chloe Schearer–23, one son–enrolled in the Job Skills Training Directly Related to Employment Program, operated by KRA for the Camden County [NJ] Workforce Investment Board, just 2 short months ago.  Instructor Nigel Charles, reports, “Chloe had enrolled in a training program for LPN certification, but when her mother became gravely ill, she interrupted her studies to assist with her care. Later, when financial circumstances indicated that Chloe was unable to return to school, and she couldn’t find employment–due to minimal prior work experience–she enrolled with KRA/Camden for assistance, guidance, and support. As Chloe progressed through the program, we noticed that she had great organizational and time
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KRA's Staley Moderates NAWDP Webinars

Please join Ms. Kimberly Staley, KRA Vice President & Director, Client Services, and NAWDP Board of Directors, Connecticut, as she moderates a series of Webinars presented, in part, by four KRA staff members, who are participants in the NAWDP New Emerging Professionals Initiative, Capstone 1-3 Projects: ·         Ms. Karen Cirincione, Unit Supervisor, Greater Hartford American Job Center (AJC) ·         Mr. Domonique Goode, Quality Assurance Team Leader, [Norfolk] Virginia   Initiative for Employment not Welfare ·         Ms. Diana Saldivar, Social Media Coordinator, San Diego Metro Region AJC ·         Ms. Maxine Suka, Program Manager, San Diego Metro Region AJC; NAWDP Board of Directors, Region
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