Monthly Archives March 2019

KRA/Hartford AJC Staff Dress-Up to Support Regional Programs

Some organizations have an optional “Dress-Down” or “Casual” Friday policy. However, for staff of the KRA/Hartford American Job Center—operated in 37 North Central Connecticut towns for Capital Workforce Partners—it is Dress-Up Your Jeans to Help Those in Need Friday. Dress-Up? Artie Owens, KRA Senior Director of Workforce Operations, comments, “All of our WIOA and TANF Program Team members appreciate how incredibly uplifting it is to extend our dedication to workforce-services into an ongoing commitment to community-service in the region we serve. Five dollars per-participant may seem to be relatively a small donation, but in the aggregate represents figuratively a small fortune!” Between August and October 2018,
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KRA/Orange County Hosts OCBCC Leadership Reception

Last month, KRA hosted a Black History Month Leadership Reception, sponsored by KRA funding partner, the Orange County Development Board, in partnership with the Orange County Black Chamber of Commerce. During the event, the 42nd stamp in the United States Postal Service (USPS) Black Heritage Series, honoring iconic dancer-actor Gregory Hines, (1946-2003), was unveiled. The event, convened at the Orange County One-Stop Career Center in Irvine, attracted more than 80 attendees, including representatives from several public-sector entities, including the Irvine City Council, the Office of the Orange County Supervisor, the California State Assembly, and the US House of Representatives and Senate.
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Hartford K2C Academy Supports Regional Manufacturing Industry

In 2015, KRA launched the proprietary Knowledge2Career (K2C) Academy, offering Out-of-School Youth (OSY) customized career services, including occupational-skills development, such as On-the-Job Training (OJT) linked directly to employment with employers in high-demand industries. Similar to KRA programs in California and Illinois, the newest K2C Academy—serving OSY, 18-to-24—is in Hartford, operated in partnership with the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, as an integral component of the KRA American Job Center operation, funded by Capital Workforce Partners, serving WIOA-eligible Adults and Youth and TANF recipients. Targeting the Manufacturing Industry, K2C provides Tooling U-SME coursework, which complies with CT/DOL Pre-Apprenticeship requirements. In addition to 72 hours of classroom
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