Monthly Archives April 2015

KRA Monthly Spotlight!

Our Spotlight! is shining brightly on a truly heart-warming customer-success story submitted by Mark Allen, Retention Specialist at the CTWorks/American Job Center (AJC), which is operated by KRA for Capital Workforce Partners, the North Central Connecticut Region WIB. For more than 13 years, Nadine worked as a Program Supervisor for the HIV & AIDS Chronic Program, Connecticut Department of Public Health.  Unfortunately, she lost that position due to serious medical and personal challenges. Nadine’s partnership with CTWorks/AJC began in March 2011, when she participated in a Career Services Information Session, subsequently availing herself of a valuable program resource, the Online Learning
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KRA/DC Customer Moves from Welfare to Healthcare

Vivian McCray, Career Agent, TANF Employment Program (TEP), operated by KRA for the DC Department of Human Services, reports, ” When 30-year old Ebin Vest, a single mother, was assigned to KRA, she received a 4-month exemption—because she was 8 months pregnant.” When Ebin returned, she re-engaged with Vivian and enrolled in TEP ‘s Professional Development Program, which capitalizes on and enhances customers’ abilities, interests, and skills, resulting in an Individual Responsibility Plan for workforce success, which for Ebin was a Healthcare career. Three months after returning, Ebin was ready to begin a 120 hour/6 week Certified Nurse Aide Program with
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KRA Recognizes Autism Awareness Month and Supports Disability Employment

  KRA Vice President & COO, Patrick Boxall, and Corporate Counsel, Vanessa Atterbeary, recently had the opportunity to recognize Autism Awareness Month at the Howard County Autism Society (HCAS) Annual Awards Ceremony and Gala. Headlined by John P. Hussman, Ph.D., Director of the Hussman Foundation, which supports autism awareness and autism research, the event also featured Carol A. Beatty, Secretary of the Maryland Department of Disabilities, and Allan Kittleman, Howard County Executive. The speakers’ comments highlighted the importance of effectively including youth and adults with autism into the community, affirming national, State, and local efforts to achieve this goal. According
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KRA/NPEP Customer Prevails Over Employment Obstacles

KRA’s Non-Custodial Parent Employment Program (NPEP), operated for the Prince George’s County Department of Social Services, provides job-preparation/placement services for individuals delinquent on court-ordered child-support obligations. John, originally from Guyana (SA), enrolled in NPEP with three serious obstacles to employment. Career Agent Rhonda Feimster, reports, “John is an ex-offender, so returning to a career in Armed Security was out of the question. Second, he is homeless and living in a shelter, and third, he needs a Citizenship Certificate to obtain certain official I.D. documents.” On the plus side, John has 8+ years’ experience as a Conflict Resolution Facilitator, leading Rhonda
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Resourceful KRA Career Agents Tackle Barriers to Employment

The PGWorks Employment and Training Program—KRA-operated for the Prince George’s County Department of Social Services—has 30 days to place TANF/TCA applicants in jobs, prior to processing them for public-assistance benefits. Many face barriers to employment—outside the scope of our in-house Job-Readiness Program—challenging our Career Agents to access auxiliary support services to address the barrier(s) as efficiency and effectively as possible. Through a webinar, Rhonda Feimster had learned about the Maryland Community Service Locator,  a web-based index of 9,000+ directories, events, hotlines, materials, and links to other resource websites that is searchable in 25+ categories, from Adult Education to Victim Services. Related
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KRA/San Diego Career Agent Designs Plan for Architect

For 15 years, Mike Gilkerson, an accomplished Architect, designed Data Center facilities for Disney, DreamWorks Animation, Paramount, et al.   When the company he worked for closed down, he  moved on to another firm, which unfortunately was financially unstable.  Substantial pay cuts motivated Mike to move on again. Four years later, due to the recession, he was un-/under-employed for 2 years—before enrolling with the San Diego Metro Region American Job Center,  KRA-operated for the San Diego Workforce Partnership.  Mike found the job-prep workshops enlightening, but, at 63, realized his lack of knowledge and skills with the “new-and-now” design technology was going
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KRA/Camden Youth Volunteer at Seniors' Health Fair

Recently, participants enrolled in the WIA Out-of-School (OSY) Program, operated by KRA for the Camden County [NJ] Workforce Investment Board, volunteered to assist with a Health Fair for Seniors, hosted by Better Tomorrows at the Roosevelt Manor Community Center. Tailored to their individual needs, OSY students receive GED preparation; work-readiness training; instruction and certification in the fields of Microsoft Digital Literacy and Hospitality Services; and assistance with job-search and placement and/or community college admission. At the Fair, the OSY volunteers registered the seniors, directed them to participating agencies and vendors, distributed pamphlets, handed out snacks and juice, and served lunch
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KRA/OSY Attains Major Career-Pathway Goal

“Brianna”, 21, joined the WIA Out-of-School Youth (OSY) Program,  operated by KRA for the Camden County Workforce Investment Board, determined to obtain a diploma.  For her, high school completion was the first step on the pathway to self-sufficiency, and the motivator for providing her two young children a brighter future. Nigel Charles, OSY Instructor, and Celeste Simmons, Career Agent,  worked with Brianna on a Career Pathway Plan that included preparing for the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) exam, career-oriented job training, and “soft-skills” development for the workplace. Nigel commented, “Brianna took every opportunity to improve her status, obtaining a Microsoft Digital Literacy Certificate
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KRA/San Diego Staff "Package" Care

The San Diego Metro Region American Job Center, KRA-operated for the San Diego Workforce Partnership, set aside March 31, 2015, as Staff  Development Day, focusing on team-building and community service, simultaneously. Considering several much-deserving organizations, they voted to support Meals on Wheels which, based upon seniors’ needs, delivers much more than nutritious food.  So, working from a “We Care Packages” list, provided by the local Meals-On-Wheels, each staff member volunteered to donate a 20-count supply of their assigned item. Program Manager Maxine Suka, reported, “The value of the 800+ donated items was about $680.00, and included dental-hygiene and personal-care products;
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KRA/VIEW Customer's Career is Back on Track

Imagine riding three buses for 3 hours, working 6:00 am to 6:00 pm, taking those three buses back home, and raising two children!  Now, imagine that Septilla Davis is actually happy to make this trip, 3 days a week, as the first step on a career path that will lead her back to self-sufficiency! For 11 years, Septilla had worked successfully as  a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), but when she met with Career Agent Brianna Clark, it was clear she could benefit from “Job Club”, offered by VIEW  (Virginia Initiative for Employment not Welfare), KRA-operated for the Norfolk Department of Human
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