Monthly Archives August 2015

KRA/Baltimore Recruits Talent at Local Job Fair

Recently, it was reported that Ernestine Chambers, Operations Manager, and Jermietra Carroll, Business Services Representative (BSR), with the Work Participation, Placement, and Support Services Program–operated by KRA for the Baltimore City Department of Social Services–had attended a church-sponsored Job Fair. Jermietra reported, “One goal for attending the Fair was to meet with representatives of local agencies, businesses, and organizations to identify potential resources for our volunteer CWE Program, as well as paid job-placement opportunities.  Secondly, we intended to recruit candidates for an open position on our BSR team.” Missions accomplished!  Not only has KRA/Baltimore developed several strong Community Work Experience partnerships for the program, they interviewed three qualified BSR
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KRA Monthly Spotlight!

Our Spotlight! is shining brightly on National Child Support Awareness Month and the Non-Custodial Parent Employment Program (NPEP), an integral component of the PGWorks Employment and Training Program, operated by KRA for the Prince George’s County Department of Social Services. Michaela Smalls, Career Agent, reported, “KRA champions the nationwide August initiative, and that of our own Maryland Child Support Enforcement Administration [CSEA], to highlight the critical importance of financial support and stability for our children. But, for KRA/PGWorks, every month focuses on child-support awareness–and enforcement–through NPEP, which provides aggressive job-placement assistance for parents delinquent on child-support obligations due to lack of employment.”
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KRA's Rayos Accepts Invitation to Join CMC Advisory Group

Maylynne Rayos, CWDP, Training Account Coordinator, San Diego Metro Region Career Centers–operated by KRA for the San Diego Workforce Partnership–has been invited by the California Medical College (CMC) to join its all-volunteer Institutional and Occupational Advisory Board Committee. CMC, one of the largest WIOA-approved Training Providers, offers occupational education and certification for in-demand Allied Health Industry positions, including Home Health Aides;  Nursing Assistants; Insurance & Coding Specialists; and EKG, Pharmacy, and Professional Medical Technicians. Maylynne reported, “I manage all training-component funds, processing documentation–applications, assessments, etc.–for our customers needing to subsidize their  job training through WIOA-funded Individual Training Accounts, or employer-supported Customized Training and On-the-Job Training Programs.  I am honored
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KRA Attracts Roberta's House as CWE Partner

Usually, KRA/Baltimore hosts Career Fairs, such as those organized monthly for the Work Participation, Placement, and Support Services Program–operated for the Baltimore City Department of Social Services.  Recently, however, Ernestine Chambers, Operations Manager, and Jermietra Carroll, Business Services Representative, attended a Job Fair sponsored by a local church. Ernestine explained, “Apparently, Judge Claudia Barber–previously a Hearing Officer for Baltimore City Public Schools–after visiting the KRA website, contacted us with an invitation to attend, which we eagerly accepted. Our goal was to meet with other local businesses and organizations, and invite them to partner with us as potential sources of volunteer opportunities
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KRA Program and Customer Benefit From State OJT

Chloe Schearer–23, one son–enrolled in the Job Skills Training Directly Related to Employment Program, operated by KRA for the Camden County [NJ] Workforce Investment Board, just 2 short months ago.  Instructor Nigel Charles, reports, “Chloe had enrolled in a training program for LPN certification, but when her mother became gravely ill, she interrupted her studies to assist with her care. Later, when financial circumstances indicated that Chloe was unable to return to school, and she couldn’t find employment–due to minimal prior work experience–she enrolled with KRA/Camden for assistance, guidance, and support. As Chloe progressed through the program, we noticed that she had great organizational and time
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KRA's Staley Moderates NAWDP Webinars

Please join Ms. Kimberly Staley, KRA Vice President & Director, Client Services, and NAWDP Board of Directors, Connecticut, as she moderates a series of Webinars presented, in part, by four KRA staff members, who are participants in the NAWDP New Emerging Professionals Initiative, Capstone 1-3 Projects: ·         Ms. Karen Cirincione, Unit Supervisor, Greater Hartford American Job Center (AJC) ·         Mr. Domonique Goode, Quality Assurance Team Leader, [Norfolk] Virginia   Initiative for Employment not Welfare ·         Ms. Diana Saldivar, Social Media Coordinator, San Diego Metro Region AJC ·         Ms. Maxine Suka, Program Manager, San Diego Metro Region AJC; NAWDP Board of Directors, Region
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"KRA Teamwork Makes the Dream Work"

So commented Gina Tanks, Employment Specialist, KRA/VIEW (Virginia Initiative for Employment not Welfare).  “In January, we kicked-off a ‘Get the Word Out Campaign’ for a June [National Job Fair Month] Employment Fair. Open to the public, it was the largest Fair we’ve hosted in the past 10 years.  At 9:00 am, more than 260 people were queued at the door of the Norfolk Workforce Development Center!” Aimed at lowering Norfolk’s 6.1%  unemployment rate, the KRA/VIEW team issued press releases, posted announcements on SoMe and job-search sites, and contacted a host of local partners, including the Norfolk office of the VA
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KRA/Camden "Changed My Life"

Desiree, 27, enrolled in the Job Skills Training Directly Related to Employment Program, KRA-operated for the Camden County [NJ] Workforce Investment Board, with two significant barriers to employment: no previous work experience and no high school diploma. She expressed feeling “defeated” from the very beginning.  However, Instructor Nigel Charles and Job Developer Sabriya Wise dedicated themselves to motivating Desiree toward completing her education and obtaining gainful employment, developing a two-phase barrier-removal plan to overcome her challenges. Nigel created a vigorous Individual Learning Plan, focused on improving Desiree’s TABE (Test of Adult Basic Education) scores to the level of proficiency required for
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KRA Customers Obtain Work, Avoid Welfare

Sheila–37, single, with 2 children–enrolled in PGWorks, operated by KRA for the Prince George’s County [MD] Department of Social Services (DSS) 3 months ago, when her temporary job with a rental-property management firm ended. Career Agent LaCresha Jones, reported, “Sheila had a pretty strong work history–7 years as a Hair Stylist, and 4, more recent, years as a Leasing Consultant.  But, after months of unemployment, she found herself applying for public assistance at the DSS, which referred her to KRA/PGWorks for job-preparation and placement. To add more recent workplace experience to her resume, I encouraged Sheila to utilize her lease-consulting knowledge and
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KRA Helps Parents Get Back on Track With NPEP

Funded by the Prince George’s County [MD] Department of Social Services, in partnership with the Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE), KRA operates the Non-Custodial Parent Employment Program (NPEP), which provides job-placement assistance for individuals struggling with child-support payments due to lack of employment. In April, when OCSE referred “David” to NPEP, he had not worked fulltime since 2009; consequently, producing income was a very sporadic occurrence.  With a wife and five children to support, he was delinquent on court-ordered maintenance payments to the mother of other children.  Exacerbating the situation, David’s arrears had negatively impacted his credit history, and
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