Monthly Archives July 2013

KRA Monthly Spotlight!

The Spotlight! is shining brightly on six employees of KRA at CTWorks* who recently achieved the coveted status of Certified Workforce Development Professional (CWDP),  a credential that recognizes the experience, expertise, and training of professionals who, directly or indirectly, facilitate the workforce development process by which individuals identify, train for, attain, and maintain employment and self-sufficiency. These dedicated KRA staff members are: Althea Forbes-Francis, JFES Career Agent; Anthony Bernardo, Customer Service Expeditor; and Jeannine Batiste, Online Facilitator (New Britain office); Mark Allen, Career Agent/Ex-Offender Retention Specialist, and Jennifer Fields, WIA Career Agent (Hartford office); and Wendy Garcia, Unit Supervisor (Enfield office.) The CWDP credential is administered
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KRA Corporation Welcomes New Department of Labor Secretary

KRA Corporation extends a hearty congratulations and welcome to Thomas E. Perez, the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) 26th Secretary.  The Presidential nominee was sworn into office on July 23, 2013. Secretary Perez’s list of accomplishments prior to joining the DOL is impressive. Most recently, he served at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) as Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights. In his nearly 4 years at the DOJ, the division reached some significant milestones. Among other achievements, it successfully implemented the Shepard-Byrd Hate Crimes Prevention Act; settled the largest fair-lending cases in history; worked to protect the rights of
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KRA 2013 Community Care Day Update

On July 8th, it was reported that Knowlton R. Atterbeary, KRA President & CEO, had officially launched the KRA Corporation 2013 Community Care Day Campaign (CCDC), a company-wide initiative created in 2009 to celebrate the joy of giving and sharing good works with customers and neighbors in the communities the firm serves. The 2012 CCDC program, coordinated by Tiffany Haynes, KRA/VIEW Norfolk Lead Instructor, benefitted hundreds of military personnel and their families across the country.  Not only did each project meet their goals and objectives, they surpassed them with flying colors! Each site’s project supported our military, both active and
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KRA and Camden Day Nursery Support ”Healthy Thoughts”

Christel Aviles, KRA/Camden Job Coach, reported, “Every 40 seconds, someone suffers from a stroke! As part of KRA Corporation’s 5th Annual Community Care Day Campaign…a 2013 Support Our Local Hospitals initiative…KRA/Camden decided to reach out to a group of individuals who demonstrate exceptional strength and courage on a daily basis: stroke survivors.” Aviles, who served as KRA/Camden’s CCDC Coordinator, continued, “To accomplish our goal, we teamed up with Davida Godett*, Founder of Healthy Thoughts, who knows first-hand the needs of this inspiring group of people…as she herself is a three-time stroke survivor! Shower Me with Love, a Healthy Thoughts service project,
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KRA Staff Volunteer as Patient Advocates

Earlier this year, it was reported that Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center (Bon Secours), one of KRA/VIEW’s (Virginia Initiative for Employment not Welfare) major work Community Work Experience Volunteer Sites, had hosted a ceremony celebrating the efforts of VIEW participants who had been placed as volunteers at Bon Secours and then were hired by the medical facility!  See http://www2.kra.com/company-news/kraview-volunteers-hiredand-honored/ Recently, as part of KRA’s 5th Annual Community Care Day Campaign (CCDC), Support Our Local Hospitals, KRA/VIEW chose Bon Secours as the site for their 2013 initiative and worked with the Volunteer Services Division to arrange for KRA/VIEW staff to visit
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DOL Increases Efforts to Speed up Re-employment in the Workforce

The United States Department of Labor (DOL) has continued its offensive on unemployment in the U.S. by announcing that it is awarding over $65 million dollars ($65,259,656) to help in facilitating beneficiaries of Unemployment Insurance (UI) to become re-employed more quickly.  The grants are aimed at accelerating the process of getting UI recipients back into the workforce through Reemployment and Eligibility Assessment (REA) programs. Based on previous research and findings of cost-effective and efficient administrative methods, the REA initiative has existed since 2005. It combines a multifaceted approach aimed at ensuring claimants meet the state eligibility provisions and that they
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Paying For Success: A Potential Future Funding Model for Workforce Development

In June 2012, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced the recipients of the 26 Workforce Innovation Fund (WIF) grants. Ranging from $1million to $12 million allotments, the funds were allocated to State workforce agencies, local Workforce Investment Boards and one WIA section 166 organization. As part of the announcement, the DOL also highlighted the availability of $20 million WIF funding to pilot the “Pay for Success” (PFS) model.  PFS, which has recently gained traction in the U.K., Australia, and New York, essentially creates a social investment market through the use of Social Impact Bonds (SIB). A blog from the White House’s Office
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Minimum Wage Making Headlines Around the Country

In one of our recent articles, KRA saluted the Obama administration’s plea to Congress to revisit the Federal minimum wage, as well as the push to permanently index the minimum wage to inflation. Since we posted, there have been some significant news stories regarding the hotly contested issue of minimum wage. In one story (via Real Change), a recent initiative by the city of SeaTac, WA, proposed that the city’s minimum wage be raised to $15 per hour for SeaTac Airport workers and those employed at surrounding hospitality businesses. It would be the first case of a Washington city to
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KRA/CTWorks Volunteers at VA Hospital

Recently, as part of the 2013 Support our Local Hospitals initiative under KRA’s 5th Annual Community Care Day Campaign, 16 CTWorks staff and family members volunteered at the Newington VA Hospital, planting more than 400 flowers, bushes, and shrubbery around the facility to help beautify the grounds.  Jerry Santostefano, KRA Customer Service Representative, reported “It was a Saturday, spent on hands and knees, digging in the good earth to plant happiness and the sweet smell of flowers.  It was a warm day, so everyone gave up a little, um…sweat to help make life a bit sweeter for the deserving Veterans, who are
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Getting Dislocated Workers Back to Work

The Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced a $58 million infusion of state grant money in an effort to get Dislocated Workers back into the workforce through expanding training designed to help those that qualify earn industry-recognized credentials. According to an August, 2012 news release, DOL’s Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that in the 3-year period between January 2009 and December 2011, some 6.1 million workers were dislocated from their jobs.  This figure related to those who had held the job for at least 3 years (long-tenured employee). The number more than doubled (12.9 million) when looking at the combination
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