Monthly Archives March 2014

KRA Uses Federal Bonding Program to Facilitate Ex-Offenders’ Employment

KRA Corporation uses a valuable tool to get jobseeker-customers with troubled backgrounds into fulltime employment: the Federal Bonding Program (FBP).  One example is illustrated by the Norfolk KRA/VIEW (Virginia Initiative for Employment not Welfare) Program. “Elijah” enrolled in KRA/VIEW in March 2013, and in March 2014, gained fulltime employment.  Why did this placement take so long? Neither lack of a high-school credential nor a weak work history was the cause. So, what was the reason?  Elijah was an ex-offender. Following graduation from the KRA/VIEW Job Readiness Academy, a Career Agent (CA), referred Elijah for a job opportunity; he was rejected. 
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KRA Monthly Spotlight!

This month’s Spotlight! concludes a series on the power of the General Education Development (GED®®) certificate, and the value it holds for KRA Corporation customers who were unable to complete high school. The new 2014 GED® Program affords non-graduate jobseekers a second chance to obtain that coveted high-school credential, which has proven to facilitate access to increased job placement, earning power, and college admission opportunities. GED® attainment is critical to the success of many of our customers, thus all KRA programs offer GED® Preparation Workshops; several operate their own, while others offer “refer-and-follow-up” service with valued community-education partners. One example of
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Veterans Gaining Traction in the Workforce

The plight of Veterans in the workforce has, deservedly, enjoyed a lot of attention in the recent past.  One of this group’s most high-profile champions is First Lady, Michelle Obama, whose Joining Forces program states as one of its tenets, “President Obama believes that no veteran should have to fight for a job at home after they fight for our nation overseas.” Veterans, with their commitment, dedication, training and discipline bring critical skills, both technical and “soft”, to the U.S. workforce.  It is why KRA Corporation is heartened to see that the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 2013 Employment Situation of
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KRA Joins SDWP in Celebrating 40th Anniversary

In the most recent issue of the San Diego Works newsletter, Peter Callstrom, President & CEO of the San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP), announced, “Today marks a significant milestone for the San Diego Workforce Partnership — our 40th anniversary of supporting job training for thousands of youth and adults throughout the San Diego region. From March 19, 1974…to 21 years later when the RETC [Regional Employment and Training Consortium] became SDWP to today, our vision has been consistent: ensure that every business in our region has access to a skilled workforce and that every job seeker has access to meaningful
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KRA’s Hennessey Wins 2014 NAWDP Customer Service Award

Whoever said lightning doesn’t strike twice didn’t know about KRA Corporation’s capacity for attracting the most outstanding professionals in our industry!  For the second year in a row, the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP) has chosen a KRA employee…Mary Hennessey, this time…for receipt of its prestigious Jodi Spiegel Enhancement of Customer Service Award. Nominees are rated by an Awards Committee that considers Individual Achievement, Circumstances and Challenges, and Advancement of the Profession to decide who best epitomizes those qualities, and who, according to NAWDP, “directly affect[s] the customers of the workforce development system through enhanced assessment strategies, customer
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KRA Executive Chosen for Maryland House of Delegates “Team 13”

Recently, The Baltimore Sun reported that Vanessa E. Atterbeary, KRA Corporate Counsel, has been chosen by the District 13 slate to represent Howard County in the Maryland House of Delegates.            “Team 13” members—Delegate Guy Guzzone, candidate for Maryland State Senate, and Delegates Shane Pendergrass and Frank Turner—said they picked Atterbeary for the ticket because “her experience in business and her advocacy for victims of domestic violence will complement the team’s expertise.” The Sun article continued, “Domestic violence advocacy is a priority for Atterbeary, who started working at a shelter in college and participated in a clinic helping women to gain protective orders while
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Presidential Budget Request Released

KRA Corporation looks at the implications for workforce development in President Obama’s fiscal year 2015 budget requests for the Department of Labor. President Obama submitted his budget request to Congress recently. Along with considerations for worker security, the budget allocation for the Department of Labor (DOL) aims to “invest in a competitive workforce” by: promoting  job-driven approaches to both training and employment services reconnecting unemployed workers to jobs The $1.8B of discretionary and new, dedicated funds set aside for the DOL represents a similar allocation to the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013; however, the budget includes what he has dubbed an
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KRA Chosen as Horseshoe Casino Baltimore Legendary Academy Partner – Part 3

As previously reported, KRA Corporation’s Work Participation, Placement, and Support Services Program* was chosen as a Legendary Candidates Academy Partner in a citywide outreach effort launched by Horseshoe Casino Baltimore—in collaboration with the Mayor’s Office on Employment Development—that will lead to ultimately filling 1,700 new Casino positions. Yvette Clark, Business Services Manager, and member of the Board of Directors of the Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce, and Nate’ Gordon, Corporate Operations Manager, attended a training program to learn about Advertisement/Promotion, Screening/Vetting, Training, Interviewing, Selection, and Hiring in preparation for operating the Academy. KRA will host a 2-day, 6-hour Academy at least twice during March and April, and
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KRA Testifies Before DC Council

Recently, KRA Corporation testified before the DC Council’s Human Services Performance Oversight Hearing Committee related to the success of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Employment Program (TEP), operated by KRA for the DC Department of Human Services (DHS). Anthony Featherstone, KRA Program Manager, assured the Committee of KRA’s continuing success in providing TANF recipients with meaningful education, training, and employment opportunities.  He testified that between October 2012 and January 2014, KRA made significant progress in assisting TEP customers with eliminating barriers to employment and meeting their educational and employment goals. Related to Customer Engagement, Job Placement and Retention, Training, and Barrier Remediation, Featherstone
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KRA Chosen as Horseshoe Casino Baltimore Legendary Academy Partner – Part 2

On January 28, 2014, the Horseshoe Casino Baltimore Press Office released this statement: “Horseshoe Casino Baltimore today announced the details of an expansive program that will begin next month to educate city residents about the 1,700 new jobs that are being created by the $442-million casino entertainment complex.” Read the full story here… Two days later, The Baltimore Sun quoted Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake as saying, “Horseshoe Baltimore’s local hiring efforts go far beyond what other major companies have done in the city.”  Of the casino’s effort to hire Baltimore residents, she stated, “I don’t know that it’s ever happened at
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