Monthly Archives June 2014

KRA Job Fair a Resounding Success!

Recently, the Work Participation, Placement, and Support Services Program, operated by KRA Corporation for the Baltimore City Department of Social Services, hosted a 4-hour Job Fair,  attracting 75 jobseekers and 11 employers, including The Wyndam Peabody Hotel, Dream Management Mobility, and Don Pablos’s Restaurant. Pre-screened candidates were interviewing for Administrative, Food Service, General Labor, Hospitality, Law Enforcement, Retail, and Security positions.  KRA Business Services Team members Robert Banks, Kevin Hillenburg, and Matt Lewis offered these comments: “The McDonalds recruiter was very pleased with the turn out and the overall caliber of the candidates.   Seven customers are being considered for management positions!”
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Delegate Jolene Ivey Visits KRA Program

Sixty jobseekers enrolled in the PGWorks Employment and Training Program, operated by KRA Corporation for the Prince George’s (PG) County Department of Social Services, listened intently as Delegate Jolene Ivey, Representative for the 47th Legislative District,  Maryland House of Delegates, spoke about why participating in civic affairs is both a right—and a responsibility. Shawna Wright, KRA Operations Manager, reported “Delegate Ivey is held in high regard and widely respected for her record of advocating for those less fortunate, especially at-risk youth, children, and families.  She is an excellent speaker—on voter registration, local and state government organization, the legislative process, etc.—but,
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KRA Signs on Again as Hire One Youth Employer

For the 3rd year, the Work Participation, Placement, and Support Services Program, operated by KRA Corporation for the Baltimore City Department of Social Services, is participating in Mayor Rawlings-Blake’s Hire One Youth Works Campaign.  Effective June 23rd, KRA hired two youths fulltime until the end of August. Tenisha Williams, who is assisting the KRA Career Agents Team, is a 2014 graduate of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School (Dunbar)—and no stranger to KRA, having assisted with the Mayor’s 2013 Back to School Rally as part of a Dunbar community-service requirement.  A memberof the National Honor Society, Tenisha intends to become an Attorney,
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KRA Monthly Spotlight!

Our Spotlight! is shining brightly on KRA Corporation staff and jobseeker-customers who were honored recently by Capital Workforce Partners (CWP), KRA client for the operation of the CTWorks Stop Program, at its Annual Workforce Stars Breakfast and Awards Ceremony.  Opening the celebration, Mr. Thomas Phillips, President & CEO of CWP, the Workforce Investment Board for Connecticut’s North Central Region, made special note that this was the 10th year of this deeply moving and inspiring event, and that he hoped the award recipients, and all attendees, would leave the ceremony feeling even more inspired to continue their valuable work on behalf of the Region’s jobseekers, employers, and the
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Vanessa Atterbeary Advances to General Election

KRA Corporate Counsel, Vanessa E. Atterbeary, emerged from Tuesday’s primary as a candidate in the general election for the Maryland State House of Delegates, District 13. Selected in March by incumbent Delegates Guy Guzzone, Shane Pendergrass, and Frank Turner to join “Team 13” as Guzzone seeks to fill a State Senate seat, Atterbeary’s primary election campaign focused on economic, education and family issues, and led to endorsements from numerous organizations, including the Baltimore Sun, Howard County Education Association, AFL-CIO, League of Women Voters, Equality Maryland, Clean Action Water Maryland, ASFCME Maryland, and Maryland Association of Realtors. In a competitive field,
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The VIEW is Now Great for KRA Customer!

With a BSW degree, Chimere was confident of landing a job commensurate with her education and experience.  However, 3 months after graduation, instead of receiving job offers, Chimere was receiving TANF benefits to support herself and four children. Unsuccessful in finding sustainable employment on her own, Chimere enrolled in the VIEW (Virginia Initiative for Employment not Welfare] Program, operated by KRA Corporation for the Norfolk Department of Human Services. Cora Brown-Campbell, KRA Career Agent, reported, “Prior to entering VIEW, Chimere worked off-and-on as a substitute teacher. It was the ‘off” times that challenged her ability to survive.  With her qualifications, and
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KRA Job-Readiness Workshops Key to Customer Success

The San Diego Metro Region One-Stop Career Center—an American Job Center of California—is operated by KRA Corporation for the San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP).  One of the workshops offered by the Career Center is “Overqualified and Underemployed”, but for Eugene Beronilla, it was more a case of “Overqualified and Unemployed.”  Eugene had a Master’s degree, years of experience…and no job offers from his multiple interviews. Facing the fact that his own strategies were ineffectual, Eugene decided to explore the workforce-development services offered by the Career Center.  There, with a Career Agent (CA), he developed an attainable career-pathway plan (CPP), including
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KRA Teamwork Leads to DC/TANF Customer Success

In April 2013, after a year of unsuccessful job-hunting—despite a year of college credits in Business & Finance and a consistent work history—27-year old Jakenna Deas enrolled in the TANF Employment Program (TEP), operated by KRA Corporation for the DC Department of Human Services. Most instrumental in Jakenna’s ultimate success were Roneé Simmons, KRA Career Agent; Derrick Robinson, KRA Job Developer; and Elwood Welch, HR Director, CW Resources, Inc. Married with four children to co-care for, Jakenna still managed to work diligently on her Individual Responsibility Plan (IRP), attending job-readiness workshops, meeting with Simmons and Robinson to review IRP progress,
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KRA Program InFUSEs Knowledge, Responsibility, Achievement

KRA Corporation’s FUSE (Focus on Utilizing Self-Sufficient Energy) Program is an innovative component of a PGWorks Job Readiness Program for TANF recipients, operated for the Prince George’s County (Maryland) Department of Social Services. The intensive 30-day FUSE curriculum capitalizes on each customer’s assessed abilities, interests, and skills, and weaves them into a detailed Individual Responsibility Plan for workforce success. Affected by downsizing, Tina Edmundson, who enrolled in FUSE with a solid work history and an Associates degree in Business Administration, reported, “Ashelley Wilder, my KRA Career Agent, took the time to address my feelings as an individual. During our sessions
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