KRA and Business Partners Put Youth to Work

K2C Academy LogoSupported by KRA Knowledge2Career Academy (K2C) co-workers, Dedra Berry, Intake and QA Specialist, and Joanie Sonnet, Career Navigator, spearheaded a targeted hiring event to assist area businesses in filling immediate, specific job openings.

KRA collaborated with local businesses to assist job-ready K2C participants enter the workforce. Also, the Long Beach City Department of Health and Human Services provided Pocket Resource Guides to connect the young-adult jobseekers with free and low-cost community services.

Berry reports, “Eight Certified Microsoft Office Specialists and four Licensed Forklift Operators, all of whom completed occupational-skills training through KRA/K2C, interviewed for positions with area employers, including Associate Management Resources, Big Saver Foods, Staff Pro, and Target. And, we are very pleased with the results, as all candidates were interviewed during the event, with six hired on-the-spot!”

Operated for the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Board, K2C—a proprietary KRA Youth Services Program—fulfills local workforce requirements by providing young-adults with education, workplace-readiness, and job-training services, qualifying them for positions area employers need to fill in sustaining and or expanding their businesses.


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