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KRA Supports Building A Better Long Beach

Recently, the Long Beach City News website reported, “On Tuesday, June 6, Mayor Robert Garcia, in partnership with the Long Beach Business Journal, presented an update on new development within the City and major construction projects underway that are ready to break ground over the next few years.” Long Beach is “home” to KRA’s first Knowedge2Career (K2C) Academy—a proprietary workforce-services program for young adults disconnected from school and the workplace—and the K2C Team, especially Joanie Sonnet, KRA Business Liaison, was more than a little excited to learn about the City’s new-development plans. Robert Garcia, Long Beach Mayor was joined by
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KRA Presents at NAWDP 2017 Annual Conference

In addition to two Pre-Conference Workshops, this year’s National Association of Workforce Development Professionals event featured 70 General Workshops, presented through five “tracks”, two of which were Leveraging and Establishing Partnerships and Priority Populations. Six KRA subject-matter experts presented exciting workshops relevant to the other three tracks: Business and Economic Development – John Hattery, Director, Strategic Partners; Pamela Carnes, Program Manager, Business Engagement Services; and Jonathan Overall, Senior Business Services Consultant, co-conducted Congratulations! You’re the Business Services Manager…Now What? on innovative strategies for building regional business partnerships, initiating one-on-one business-engagement relationships, and effectively measuring results against WIOA performance standards. Delivering
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KRA Monthly Spotlight!

One of the many innovative workforce-services programs that achieves exceptional results through the KRA San Diego Metro Region Career Centers, operated for the San Diego Workforce Partnership, is Breaking Barriers San Diego (BBSD). Critical to supporting jobseekers with mental-health challenges, including substance abuse, BBSD provides comprehensive assistance, resulting in competitive-wage employment with area businesses. BBSD also provides for 6-months’ post-placement follow-up services that support both the employer and the new employee. Our Spotlight! is shining brightly on Olivia Young, who after release from 5 years in prison, enrolled in the Harmony Women’s Recovery Center (HWRC) for addiction treatment—a condition of parole and
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KRA Airs More Workforce-Services Podcasts

Searching in San Diego, the official blog for the San Diego Metro Career Centers—operated by KRA for the San Diego Workforce Partnership —provides on-demand access to the most up-to-date information and resources of interest to both jobseekers and employers. KRA/San Diego has aired 28 podcasts, the most recent featuring Starting a Career in Technology, Job Tips for Millennials, Tips for Successful Job Relocation, and Successfully Navigating a Career Transition. Searching in San Diego is accessible through the Metro Career Centers website, as well as multiple SoMe outlets. So, listen, subscribe, share, comment, and “like” all of the informative podcasts through Soundcloud, and/or download
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KRA Monthly Spotlight!

Presenting Best Practices at State and National Conferences For many years, KRA employees have employed their considerable workforce-services expertise to design and deliver presentations, videos, webinars, and workshops at national, regional, and state conferences, forums, and symposia to share innovative, exceptional, and trusted results for both adult- and youth-program customers. In December 2016, a Maryland DOL bulletin, targeting “All Workforce Professionals and Partners”, announced the 2017 Maryland Workforce Association Raising the Bar Conference, inspiring Joe Seymour, KRA Corporate Training and Development Coordinator, to submit a workshop proposal, which was accepted for presentation. Building on the success of KRA Changing the Game and Raising
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KRA Team Building is Functional…and Fun

How did eight individuals, whose performance was being both surveilled and timed, reach one conclusion to solve a problem that affected all of them? Well, according to Wenda Harbour, Chief, KRA Corporate Administration, the answer was teamwork! “Recently, KRA staff from our Accounting and Finance, Administration, and Human Resources departments tested our collaborative problem-solving skills in a Breakout Baltimore Escape Room activity, Operation: Casino. We deciphered codes; followed clues, diagrams, and maps; rolled dice, spun wheels, and calculated winnings; and solved puzzles to mutually conclude “Who Dunnit!” to win our freedom! I believe the challenge was to apply the skills we use
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KRA Staff Improve Service Delivery Through TIC Training

According to the Trauma Informed Care Project, trauma-informed care (TIC) is “an organizational structure and treatment framework that involves understanding, recognizing, and responding to the effects of all types of trauma [and] emphasizes physical, psychological and emotional safety for both consumers and providers, and helps survivors rebuild a sense of control and empowerment.” In addition to supporting KRA’s corporate-wide 2016 Community Care Campaign, part of which focused on youth suffering from PTSD-type challenges, KRA/Long Beach Knowledge2Career Academy staff participated in local TIC-training events on practices that can assist individuals in coping with trauma-related obstacles to achieving personal and professional goals. Project Director
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KRA Customer Overcomes Severe Barriers to Success

Visiting the KRA/San Diego Metro Region Career Centers, operated for the San Diego Workforce Partnership, Knowlton R. Atterbeary was accompanied by Jordan Finkelstein, Career Agent, on a tour of the Urban Barber College, owned by Jerry Riggins. Following a haircut at Urban Cuts, also Riggins-owned, one of Finkelstein’s customers, Kwamane Abel, expressed a genuine interest in enrolling in the 9-month UBC course, which Finkelstein facilitated by securing eligibility approval; however, SDWP/ITA funds were temporarily unavailable. In the interim, Abel got into trouble, was arrested, and sentenced to 30 days in jail, exacerbating Finkelstein’s efforts in supporting him to overcome existing workforce barriers,
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KRA Monthly Spotlight!

We are all familiar with the phrase: the three most important factors for success in the real-estate industry are location, location, location! In the workforce-services industry, we have our own three most important factors for success: preparation, preparation, preparation!! Total workplace-readiness is important for all KRA customers, but even more critical for participants with major obstacles to gainful employment. Jobseekers with criminal records, low-or-no marketable skills, little-or-no work experience, and/or a history of dependence on public-assistance programs sometimes require an even more heightened level of job-preparation service. Our Spotlight! is shining brightly on two customers—among an average of 170 a
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KRA President & CEO Visits Training Provider-Partner

Our recent Spotlight! reported that Knowlton R. Atterbeary was visiting local KRA programs as part of the firm’s Motivated and Moving Forward Tour 2017, focused on our Continuous Quality Improvement Initiative. During his visit to the KRA/San Diego Metro Region Career Centers, operated for the San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP), Atterbeary toured the facility of one of the WIOA-approved Training Providers that offers occupational-skills development for eligible Adult/Dislocated Workers. The Urban Barber College, owned by Jerry Riggins, a retired military veteran, offers a 9-month training program, accommodating 20-30 students at a time. Currently enrolled are eight KRA/San Diego participants, whose
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