KRA and Business Partners Put Youth to Work

Supported by KRA Knowledge2Career Academy (K2C) co-workers, Dedra Berry, Intake and QA Specialist, and Joanie Sonnet, Career Navigator, spearheaded a targeted hiring event to assist area businesses in filling immediate, specific job openings. KRA collaborated with local businesses to assist job-ready K2C participants enter the workforce. Also, the Long Beach City Department of Health and Human Services provided Pocket Resource Guides to connect the young-adult jobseekers with free and low-cost community services. Berry reports, “Eight Certified Microsoft Office Specialists and four Licensed Forklift Operators, all of whom completed occupational-skills training through KRA/K2C, interviewed for positions with area employers, including Associate Management
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Local and State Officials Support KRA Open Houses

Recently, Capital Workforce Partners (CWP), KRA funding partner, in collaboration with the CT Department of Labor and the KRA-operated American Job Center (AJC), co-hosted Open Houses in the Hartford, Enfield, and Manchester AJC offices. Career Services Information Sessions (CSIS) designed “to reach people who have not heard about our system”, said Alex Johnson, CWP President/CEO, kicked off the events, providing an overview of the extensive array of workforce-development services available to jobseekers in the Greater Hartford region. Luke Bronin, Hartford Mayor, commented, “I’m thrilled to be part of the conversation with the AJC, where a great team is working hard every day to
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KRA Project Director Chosen for Community Leadership Program

Shawna Wright, KRA/Knowledge2Career Academy, was selected for the 27th class of the Leadership Long Beach Institute, “an intensive 10-month program for community leaders wishing to improve their understanding of the opportunities and challenges of the Long Beach community.” Participants learn about Long Beach’s (California’s 7th largest city) diverse communities, concerns, and issues, collaborating with other area leaders to design and implement projects that address community needs, while finding more opportunities to serve Long Beach. A few of the projects have included a MLK Day of Service: Planting a Community Learning Garden; a Youth Foundations Retreat; Project in Progress: Bringing a Farmer’s Market
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KRA Monthly Spotlight!

Our Spotlight! is shining brightly on the KRA Motivated and Moving Forward Tour 2017, the goal of which is to assess the effectiveness of our corporate-wide Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Initiative—The KRA Way: Changing the Game & Raising the Bar! To maintain its status as a high-performing organization, KRA has adopted The Malcolm Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence system, and over the past several years, introduced new programs related to one or more Baldrige principles, i.e., (external) customer and (internal) workforce focus; leadership; measurement, analysis, and knowledge and process management; strategic planning; and last, but most critical to our CQI success, results. Last month,
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KRA Podcast Program – An Innovative Workforce-Services Solution

In April 2016, we reported the launch of Searching in San Diego, the official blog of the San Diego Metro Centers—operated by KRA for the San Diego Workforce Partnership—that provides on-demand access to the most up-to-date workforce information and resources of interest to both jobseekers and employers. Diana Saldivar, KRA Social Media Coordinator & Trainer, who also moderates the podcasts, has indicated that they are essential to “our continuing objective to stay connected to our career-seekers, business partners, and other Metro Region workforce-development stakeholders.” In the past 9 month, KRA/San Diego has aired 24 podcasts, some of the most recent featuring A
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KRA Clients Support Walmart Foundation Grant Initiative

In March 2016, the Chicago Tribune announced that the Walmart Foundation had funded the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership—KRA client for the operation of the Garfield One Stop Center—to select 10 WDBs, from a field of 550 nationwide, seeking funding for innovative retail job-training services. In September 2016, the San Diego Metro Region Career Centers, operated by KRA for the San Diego Workforce Partnership, hosted a Grant and Program Announcement ceremony, during which Angela M. Wilson, San Diego Regional Manager of Walmart Stores, presented a $400,000 check to SDWP for the operation of a Walmart Foundation Retail Grant  for customized incumbent-worker
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KRA Celebrates Workforce Development Week

A nationwide effort spearheaded by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Workforce Development Council—of which KRA President & CEO Knowlton R. Atterbeary is a member—Workforce Development Week (WDW), January 23-27, promotes the invaluable services offered through Workforce Development Boards across the country. To maximize impact, the Workforce Development Council’s Target Population Communications Task Group suggests several WDW activities that program administrators and communications professionals can implement to advocate for their special-needs customers. The Task Group recommends a coordinated, nationwide campaign, utilizing some of the ideas below, in addition to your own creative WDW plans: Use WDW to connect with local, regional, and state officials.
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KRA Services Youth Challenged by Trauma

It is both appropriate and timely that KRA chose its 2016 Community Care Campaign (CCC) to focus on two devastating consequences of neighborhood violence…PTSD in youth and young ex-offenders returning to the community seeking education, job-training and/or employment opportunities. A September 2016 Washington Post article stated, “As a number of major American cities are reporting more homicides this year than last year, the overall number of killings in the country’s biggest cities has increased in 2016, with one city accounting for nearly half of the total spike.  Chicago has experienced almost half of the overall increase in homicides…along with Washington
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KRA Brightens Holiday for Prison Fellowship Family

Through the Angel Tree® Prison Fellowship Program, the KRA San Diego Metro Region Centers, operated for the San Diego Workforce Partnership, “adopted” a family—a mother; children, 5 and 7; and a father…who was incarcerated. Career Agent Catherine McLean, reports, “As part of our 2016 Community Care Campaign, KRA/San Diego staff donated both time and money to provide some Holiday cheer for our adopted family.  Gifts were given to the children as if they were from their parents, with each receiving toys from their Angel Tree wish lists, as well as books, clothes, and a Holiday stocking filled with more goodies.
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KRA Monthly Spotlight!

Our December Spotlight! is shining brightly and aptly—as another spectacular year comes to an end—on KRA Employee Achievements!  In Connecticut, Maryland, and California, on December 8, 9, and 12, respectively, hundreds of employees, family members, and friends gathered to celebrate those employees whose performance most exemplified KRA’s Core Values…Knowledge, Responsibility, and Achievement…in 2016. During three Evenings of Excellence, more than 185 employees were honored for having distinguished themselves in three arenas pivotal to KRA’s expansion, growth, and success throughout its 35th year of operation. Leadership Edge (LE) is KRA’s proprietary staff development and training program for expanding employees’ knowledge, skills,
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