Monthly Archives May 2013

KRA Monthly Spotlight!

This month’s Spotlight! is shining brightly on a workforce development Recipe for Success, the ingredients of which are available through every KRA Corporation workforce-services site across the country: Programs with demonstrated effectiveness in providing pre-employment, job-placement, and retention-followup services that meet the needs of both employer- and jobseeker-customers; Dedicated KRA specialists with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to maximize internal and external services and resources; Employers that need assistance with short- and/or long-range workforce planning for their businesses…and that are willing to consider candidates with no, sparse, or inconsistent work histories; and Jobseekers who are motivated to listen, eager to learn, and
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Workforce Development and Job Creation Get Nod from President Obama in Baltimore

Baltimore’s workforce development initiatives were given a shot in the arm recently with the brief visit of President Barack Obama to the Charm City. Looking primarily to promote economic development through job creation, according to the White House, the purpose of the President’s second Jobs and Opportunity Tour is to address three areas of need: jobs, skills, and opportunity. As the operator of the Work Participation, Placement, and Support Services Program, a workforce development program for public-assistance recipients in Baltimore County, KRA Corporation applauds the President’s efforts in taking this opportunity to recognize the need to address job creation and
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KRA Staff Receive Prestigious NAWDP Awards

Recently, the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP) convened its annual conference in Minneapolis, MN. More than 25 KRA Corporation staff attended, representing HQ and multiple offices of program sites from California, Connecticut, New Jersey, South Carolina, and Virginia.  At the Awards Luncheon on May 20, two KRA staff took center stage to accept two of the four Advancing the Profession Awards bestowed by NAWDP to honor “individuals who have made significant contributions to the profession that have benefited customers of the workforce investment system.” In accepting the 2013 Professional Development Award, Beth McCabe, CWDP, thanked several colleagues from KRA and Capital Workforce Partners (CWP),
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KRA/VIEW Convenes Career Symposium

Recently, the KRA Corporation workforce services program in Norfolk…Virginia Initiative for Employment not Welfare (VIEW)… provided 42 jobseeker-customers with much-needed information and guidance on accessing community resources and opportunities.   The Career  Symposium…which took 2 months of thoughtful planning and execution by Ninette Adams and Gina Tanks, KRA/VIEW Employment Specialists…featured notable local experts who shared their valuable knowledge with jobseekers from KRA/VIEW and two community workforce-development partners, Goodwill Industries and Up Center Books.  These individuals attended the Symposium because they are dedicated to becoming self sufficient through education, training, and sustainable employment. Based on individual knowledge and expertise, each speaker addressed one or
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KRA/VIEW Leads in Virginia WPR

The May issue of the VIEW From The Edge newsletter, produced for the Eastern Region by the Virginia Department of Social Services, recognized the KRA Corporation/VIEW (Virginia Initiative for Employment not Welfare) Program team in Norfolk for its March 2013 Work Participation Rate (WPR) of 57 percent!  KRA/VIEW, which has an active caseload of approximately 1,200 customers a month, has consistently led the State’s 12 largest caseload-size localities in WPR, which represents the number of customers participating in work activities out of all those expected to participate. To count toward the monthly WPR, a customer must  be participating in an allowable work activity in
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KRA/VIEW Volunteers Hired…and Honored

Recently, several members of the KRA Corporation/VIEW (Virginia Initiative for Employment not Welfare) Program team in Norfolk,  attended a Volunteer Appreciation Reception Ceremony hosted by Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center*, a Public Service Site for KRA/VIEW jobseeker-customer volunteers since August 2007.  Ms. Janice Savage, Volunteer Program Coordinator, has hired several KRA/VIEW customers that began working at the Medical Center as volunteers.  So far in 2013, KRA/VIEW has placed six volunteers at DePaul Medical Center, and they have hired four as permanent employees: Tacara Scott, Information Specialist; Tamara Crouch, Certified Nursing Assistant; Latecia Cox, Record Completion Analyst; and Deion Harper, Claims Analyst. Alisha Bazemore,
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KRA/CTWorks’ Botts on TV…Again

For the 3rd year in a row, the KRA/CTWorks One-Stop Program in North Central Connecticut was featured on the local Fox affiliate TV station, Fox 61, in Hartford.  Charles Botts III, KRA Business Services Consultant, appeared on the Good Morning Connecticut show to discuss the advantages of using social media in an effective job-search strategy. Logan Burne, Fox 61 Anchor, asked Botts to explain the proper use of social media tools, specifically LinkedIn*, for jobseekers who want to maximize their job-search efforts. Botts explained that in order to get the most out of LinkedIn, jobseeker-users should pay attention to the following “do’s”:
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KRA Volunteers at Tri-County Veterans Stand Down

On Saturday, April 27, 2013, a group of students from the KRA/Lower Savannah, SC Youth Employability and Success (YES) Program*, volunteered at the 2013 Tri-County Veteran Stand Down, held at the YMCA in Orangeburg.  KRA/YES has been supporting the SCWorks Disabled Veteran Outreach Program since the 2012 KRA Community Care Day Campaign, Support Our Troops.   For that initiative, KRA/YES lent its support by collecting hundreds of toiletry items…toothpaste, toothbrushes, Q-tips, lotion, washcloths, soap, etc…and donating the large “care basket” to Gene Gartman, Sgt. First Class (U.S. Army Retired) and Ms. Donna Greene, SCWorks Veterans Supervisor, both of whom worked tirelessly to
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