Monthly Archives December 2017

A Christmas Story…KRA Style

Recently, KRA staff from the San Diego Metro Region Career Centers, operated for the San Diego Workforce Partnership, visited the Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego, which each year houses 1,200 family members of critically ill or injured children being treated at local hospitals. During a tour, staff discovered that every year, a group of Marines donates the entire holiday décor, and volunteers to “deck-the-halls” with beautiful Christmas trees, wreaths, and other sparkling decorations to the delight of all who enter the “home-away-from-home” facility. KRA staff collected and donated two tubs full of 30+ toys for the children; helped out at lunchtime in the Family
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A KRA Journey: From Customer to Career Agent

KRA operates the PGWorks Employment and Training Program—for the Prince George’s County Department of Social Services—for jobseekers applying for, or already receiving, TANF/TCA benefits. PGWorks offers a wide range of workforce-development services, including unpaid Community Work Experience (CWE) opportunities with local private- and public-sector organizations. For Javada Murphy, CWE became an integral career-building resource, as she reports, “For 11 months, I volunteered with KRA, as my assigned CWE site, providing administrative support to staff, as well as training support, in computer and mobile-device skills, for jobseekers challenged by technical-skill barriers to employment. Preparing for a Computer Science career, I had
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KRA Monthly Spotlight! Westside Economic Development Collaborative Supports KRA

In The Effects of Unemployment on Crime Rates in the US, 2015, Ajimotokin, Haskins, and Wade analyzed the relationship between unemployment (BLS data) and crime (FBI data), and concluded that” “there is a positive correlation between both violent and property crime, not only with unemployment rates…” Unfortunately, the Westside of Chicago cannot be excluded from these research results. According to the Chicago Tribune, in a recent 30-day period, 503 violent-, property-, and quality-of-life crimes were reported in this community. On December 15, 2017, the KRA Westside American Job Center, operated for the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership (CCWP), will host the
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