Monthly Archives July 2015

KRA Monthly Spotlight!

Our July Spotlight! is shining brightly on KRA Corporation’s newest addition to its California Workforce Services Team!  Joining the  Alameda County Business Development Group and the San Diego Metro Region Career Centers–both operated under the American Job Centers of California Network–is the Knowledge2Career  Academy (K2C), a workforce-preparation program for  Out-of-School, disconnected youth, 17-24. Funded by the Pacific Gateway Workforce Development Board (PGWDB), and in consort with the City of Long Beach and other key partners, the KRA/K2C is totally committed to the future success of young residents and the economic development, growth, and stability of the community. Long Beach and the PGWDB–whose members include
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KRA Attends JARC/BTTC Launch With Baltimore Mayor

In mid-June, we reported on a new partnership developed by the Work Participation, Placement, and Support Services Program for jobseekers receiving TANF benefits, KRA-operated for the Baltimore City Department of Social Services, with the Jane Addams Resource Corporation (JARC). Ernestine Chambers, Operations Manager, reports, “Recently, with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake cutting the ceremonial ribbon, customers and staff from KRA/Baltimore, and other JARC partners, celebrated the official opening of the Baltimore Technical Training Center (BTTC), specializing in job-skills development for the Advanced Manufacturing industry. Actually, the event was a kind of re-launch.  In October 2005, an international Canadian-based company opened the Magna Baltimore Technical Training Center in the then-vacant Park Heights
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KRA's Suka Elected to NAWDP Board of Directors

Maxine Suka, KRA Program Manager, San Diego Metro Region American Job Center of California, operated for the San Diego Workforce Partnership, has won election to the NAWDP Board of Directors. As the Region 9 Director, Maxine–a NAWDP-credentialed Certified Workforce Development Professional–represents Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and the US Island Territory of Guam.  On her achievement, she stated, ” It is truly my honor and privilege to serve NAWDP in this capacity, and to represent Region 9 to the best of my ability.” Also the holder of a university-level Specialized Certificate in Workforce Development Career Advising, Maxine–who joins KRA’s  Kimberly Staley on the Board–shared her vision,
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KRA's Staley Wins Second NAWDP Board Re-election

KRA Vice President & Director of Client Services, Kimberly Staley, CWDP, has won re-election to her seat on the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP) Board of Directors, her third term representing the State of Connecticut. Kim won her first Board election in 2011, and reflecting now on two successful re-elections, commented, “I’m truly humbled and honored to be able to continue serving my State and our industry in this capacity. I’m particularly excited about NAWDP’s New Emerging Professionals Program, which gives us ‘veterans’ an opportunity to mentor and support younger [35 and under] workforce services professionals as they grow
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KRA Customers…A Valuable Staffing Solution

We first reported about Lamar Childers in the inspiring article, KRA “Snaps” Up Another Great Customer!, in October 2014.  Today, he continues to be a source of inspiration–to his KRA customers and co-workers–at the TANF Employment Program (TEP), operated for the DC Department of Human Services. Lamar commented, “I started as a KRA customer in May 2014, referred by SNAP to the PGWorks Employment and Training Program in Maryland, but have been a KRA employee since September.  It’s been such a rewarding experience; I’m amazed at how much I’ve learned, and continue to learn every day. I’ve grown so much professionally, and personally, since I
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KRA/DC Customer Transitions From "Jobs" to "Career"

Lauretta  Booker, assigned to the KRA/DC TANF Employment Program (TEP) by our  Department of Human Services client, had held many different jobs in food- and customer-service, but merely as a means to an end–supporting herself and 3 daughters.  Now, she needed career-oriented, stable employment with a sustainable wage. Expanding her options through KRA/DC resources, Lauretta increased her knowledge and skills through courses in Professional Development, Microsoft Digital Literacy, and CPR–new capabilities that successfully led to a Special Police Officer (SPO) training program with a private-security firm. Unfortunately, Lauretta did not pass the firm’s background screening, required for SPO certification and
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KRA's Don Scott Featured in NAWDP YouTube Video

Yesterday, the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP) uploaded a video, The Role of Advocacy in Workforce Development, to its YouTube channel, featuring Don L. Scott, Esquire, KRA Senior Vice President for Workforce Operations. Don, who has served as Chair of the NAWDP Board of Directors, and on the Executive Committee of the California Workforce Association, was interviewed by Dr. Gwen Schiada, a clinical psychologist with more than 15 years’ experience working with individuals in therapeutic settings and in systemic change roles at the local, state and Federal levels. According to Bridget Brown, NAWDP Executive Director, “Now, more than ever, it is important
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KRA Customer Discovers What a Difference Preparation Makes

Linda Brown, 52, had all the “right stuff”, an AA Degree in Business Administration, an exceptionally strong work history in customer service, a positive attitude, and high motivation to return to the workforce after she lost her job.  So, why couldn’t she find a job? According to Michaela Smalls, Career Agent with PGWorks, operated by KRA for the Prince George’s County [MD] Department of Social Services, “It had been awhile since Linda job-hunted, so she lacked the workforce-preparation savvy needed for today’s job market.  And, her resume was not inspiring employers to offer interviews.” Michaela and David Veney, Job Developer, worked
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Another Successful KRA/San Diego Partnership Benefits ESE Jobseekers

Last month, Deona Dorsey, ESE Coordinator, reported that the San Diego Metro Region American Job Center, operated by KRA for the San Diego Workforce Partnership, had established an exciting, productive partnership with the Balboa International Group. Miss Angel Stancer, Business Services Representative, reports, “We are equally excited about our relationship with The Arc of San Diego , which is partnering with KRA/San Diego to provide incredible opportunities, with true career-advancement potential, for our Expanded Subsidized Employment public-assistance customers.” According to Lance McGill, Arc Talent Acquisition Manager, “We are advocates for providing diversity of work opportunities to enhance individual life and career
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