Monthly Archives February 2019

KRA Monthly Spotlight!

KRA Westside AJC Supports Chicago Construction Industry – Recently, from Linthicum, MD, a report emerged related to the KRA YouthWorks! Construction Academy that is contributing to the industry’s efforts to address a critical skilled-worker shortage. In Chicago, IL—700 miles away—another KRA program is playing a pivotal role, under the auspices of the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership (CCWP), in the development of three training projects, one of which is ConstructionWorks, powered by the Illinois Tollway under the Workforce Development Technical Assistance Initiative (WDTAI). Ron Hearns, KRA Director of Midwest Workforce Operations, reports, “As the vendor selected for the Initiative, the CCWP tasked
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KRA Las Vegas One-Stop Hosts First Workforce Summit

Last month was much busier-than-usual for the KRA Southern Nevada One-Stop Career Center (OSCC) program, operated for Workforce Connections. On January 17, Bonita Fahy, Director of Operations, promoted what turned out to be a highly successful OSCC Event on TV! Subsequently, on January 31, KRA hosted the first Workforce Summit 2019, a major event planned and implemented to facilitate continued integration of the Southern Nevada One-Stop Delivery System (OSDS), provide partners a venue for networking, set the vision for the OSCC-Las Vegas District Library expansion, and promote staff development through cross-training opportunities. Through the OSDS, a seamless KRA/OSCC operation supports
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KRA YouthWorks! Celebrates First Construction Academy Graduation

According to, “During and after the Great Recession—between 2007 and 2011—2 million workers left the construction industry, either retiring or finding more stable work in another industry” and a recent Associated General Contractors of America survey found that 63 percent of U.S. construction firms faced a shortage of skilled workers in the last year, with 30 percent forced to turn down work because of it. One of the largest industry trade associations, the Home Builders Institute (HBI), is responding aggressively to this critical shortage with its award-winning PACT (Pre-Apprenticeship Certificate Training) program, customizing academic-skills learning with hands-on vocational-skills training to address the unique
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