Posts by Marcie Dingle

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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KRA/TEP Customer Triumphs Over Multiple Barriers

At only 19, single-mom Taniqua  Fenwick already had more than her fair share of life’s challenges.  For one, her major job-hunting asset,  a high school diploma, was just not enough to offset several obstacles to employment. Michelle Alston, Career Agent, KRA/DC TANF Employment Program (TEP)–operated for the Department of Human Services–reports, “Taniqua  enrolled in TEP in October 2014, with no  work experience, and no safe place to call ‘home’ due to episodes of domestic violence.” Even before KRA/TEP was able to get Taniqua and her child relocated to a shelter in January, she was already working hard to prepare herself
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KRA Monthly Spotlight!

Our October Spotlight! is shining brightly on the KRA 2015 Community Care Campaign, and the dedicated private, public, and non-profit organizations with whom we continue to collaborate in keeping disability employment a high-priority workforce-services concern. We are proud of the achievements of our local programs in expanding, initiating, and/or supporting efforts that capitalize on the abilities of our customers for whom various challenges present significant barriers to sustainable employment. Each KRA program deserves its own spotlight, which will be shining on them in future articles!  However, today we are pleased to provide vignettes on some of the CCC partnership-projects across
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Another KRA Business Partnership Benefits WTW Customers

The KRA/San Diego Metro Region Career Centers, operated for the San Diego Workforce Partnership, has established a partnership with the YMCA of San Diego County to provide employment opportunities for customers participating in the Welfare-to-Work Expanded Subsidized Employment [ESE] Program. Deona Dorsey, KRA Operations Manager-Special Projects,  reports, “Whoever first said ‘timing is everything’ was so right!  We approached Joshua Law, Human Resources Office Administrator III, just when the organization was recruiting to fill several  positions for the new Copley-Price YMCA. Our relationship with the ‘Y’ is thriving!  Not only have five ESE customers been hired in Member Services positions, they are also receiving
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KRA/K2C Academy Expands Services to Support Youth With Disabilities

Even before KRA announced that disability employment was the focus of its 2015 Community Care Campaign, the KRA Knowledge2Career (K2C) Academy had already developed two successful partnerships dedicated to expanding its workforce services to include youth with disabilities. KRA Program Manager, Shawna Wright, also K2C Project Director, reports, “We were excited to learn that our corporate 2015 Campaign was focused on raising awareness around the issue of employment for individuals with disabilities. K2C and the Long Beach Unified School District’s Youth Employment Network have been collaborating, whereby we serve as the resource for their youth with disabilities to gain the support and training needed to
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KRA Corporate Counsel Appointed to Maryland Governor's WIB

Vanessa E. Atterbeary, Esq. has been appointed to serve on the Governor’s Workforce Investment Board by Michael Busch, Speaker of the Maryland State House of Delegates, and Dereck Davis, Chair of the Economic Matters Committee. Delegate Atterbeary, who represents District 13, commented, ” I am truly honored by the trust that Speaker Busch  and Chairman Davis have invested in me with this appointment.  My first meeting is a week from today, and I am very excited to begin working with Mike DiGiacomo, Executive Director, and all the other dedicated Board members, including Governor Hogan and Lt. Governor Rutherford! My parents have dedicated their professional
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KRA/San Diego Organizes Collaborative Career Event

“Mayor Kevin Faulconer came by to congratulate us on a job well done!” reports Deona Dorsey, KRA Operations Manager-Special Projects. That “job” was a mega Community Career Fair, a collaboration with key local partners–the San Diego Workforce Partnership, KRA client; the San Diego American Job Center network; local Welfare To Work agencies; and venue provider, the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation. More than 50 private- and public-sector employers interviewed on-the-spot, selected candidates for initial and follow-up offsite interviews, and expressed extreme satisfaction with the event, offering comments such as, “This is one of the best job fairs I have participated
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KRA/Long Beach Officially Launches OSY Program

As reported previously, the KRA Knowledge2Career Academy (K2C) is a comprehensive workforce development program for Out-of-School Youth (OSY), 17-24, operated for the Pacific Gateway Workforce Development Board (PGWDB), in collaboration with the City of Long Beach and other key public- and private-sector partners. Shawna Wright, KRA Program Manager and K2C Project Director, reports, “To combat a local youth-unemployment rate twice the national average, Mr. JP Elma, WIA/WIOA Program Coordinator, PGWDB; Racquel Welch-Kitchen, College/Career Coordinator, Educational Partnership High School (EPHS); and I have been strategically planning K2C expansion and promotion.” Subsequently, K2C has evolved into a results-oriented pathway to successful employment,  re-connecting OSY with academics,
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KRA/DC Volunteers for Project Homeless Connect

KRA shares the United Way of the National Capital Area (UW-NCA) objective to help all members of our community to have a quality education, financial stability, and good health. The DC Department of Human Services, KRA client for the operation of a TANF Employment Program (TEP), was a leading member of the UW-NCA Planning Committee responsible for the success of the recent Project Homeless Connect Resource Fair. This annual event brings together a wide variety of community volunteers and service providers that are dedicated to combating  homelessness, as well as the lifestyle challenges faced by individuals and families without permanent housing. Anthony Featherstone, Program Manager,
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