Archives for Community Involvement

KRA Work-Experience Programs Essential to Workplace Success

Through the Baltimore City Department of Social Services, KRA offers jobseekers receiving TANF benefits a wide range of Work Participation, Placement, and Support Services. However, job-placement in sustainable positions can present challenges if customers have little-to-no work experience, or an outdated job history. One solution to this obstacle is hands-on, real-world work experience (WEX) with a KRA-partner agency or business, usually on an unsubsidized basis. Recently, Latarsha Ellett, School Social Worker, e-mailed, “We currently have a few KRA volunteers here at Lakewood Elementary School…could you let me know how I can request more?”  On this, Greg Alexander, KRA Program Manager,
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KRA Staff Present at National, Regional, and State WD Training Events

Last year around this time, Latest News posted March Madness – The KRA Way—and the beat goes on! During the next 3 months, several KRA staff members will be hitting the road to conduct presentations and facilitate workshops; however, here we highlight the upcoming March events. On the 10th, for the Southeastern Employment and Training Association (March 8-11, Myrtle Beach, SC), Joseph L. Seymour III, Corporate Training and Development Coordinator, will present The Art of 3-D Presentations: Develop, Design and Deliver. The description in the conference agenda reads, in part, “The ability to engage, educate, and empower others through well-developed, meticulously designed, and masterfully
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KRA Monthly Spotlight!

KRA/EPG/MedCerts Collaboration Celebrates CMAA Graduation On January 9, 2020, KRA Latest News reported on an innovative 3-partner collaboration that continues to produce incredibly successful results for recipients of TANF and SNAP benefits in Prince George’s County, MD, through PGWorks, operated by KRA for the Department of Social Services. KRA, MedCerts, and Employ Prince George’s, Inc. collaborated to create a pilot program after Melody Daniel, KRA Program Manager, and Sandy Mead, MedCerts National Director of Workforce Development, met at the 2019 NAWDP Conference and discussed a shared objective of providing sustainable occupational-skills development for PG County jobseekers. Mead introduced Daniel to
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KRA Monthly Spotlight!

  KRA Staff Engage in Trauma-Informed Care Training Recently, staff at the KRA Chicago Westside American Job Center (WAJC)— operated for the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership—during Staff Development Day engaged in an “Understanding Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care” training session, created by Kelly Butler, KRA Trainer/Special Projects Coordinator. Ms. Butler facilitated the session through a research-guided PowerPoint video and collaborative opportunities for meaningful discussion. One staff member reflected, “The presentation opened my eyes regarding things to remember when interacting with our customers, and ways we may need to address related situations. The presentation was also a mirror held up in front of my
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KRA Chicago Westside AJC Chosen for Filming TV Series Scene

Lights! Camera!! Action!!! Not the type of instructions commonly used at one of KRA’s American Job Center (AJC) operations across the country. However, those were the type of words heard in October at the Chicago Westside AJC (WAJC), operated for the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership. Here is the backstory: The pilot for a new sci-fi TV show, neXt, was filmed in Vancouver, even though the show is “set” in Portland. When FOX purchased the series, the broadcasting giant decided to shoot some scenes in the Chicagoland area because of substantive economic incentives. Adam Boor, Location Manager, stated that a hospital in
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KRA Pivotal to Success of Innovative 3-Way Collaboration

Jobseekers applying for, or already receiving, TANF or SNAP benefits in Prince George’s County, MD, have a one-stop resource—PGWorks, operated by KRA for the Department of Social Services—for receiving comprehensive education, training, and employment services. A program—piloted by KRA, MedCerts, and Employ Prince George’s, Inc.—actually took root at the May 2019 NAWDP Annual Conference where Melody Daniel, KRA Program Manager, met Sandy Mead, National Director of Workforce Development, MedCerts. “We discussed our mutual desire to provide meaningful occupational-skills training for PG County jobseekers, to substantially increase their viability in today’s competitive workplace.” Mead mentioned an existing partnership with Walter Simmons,
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KRA Monthly Spotlight!

KRA Corporate Counsel “Making Things Happen” in Private- and Public-Sectors According to its website, “The Maryland State Bar Association, Inc. (MSBA) is a nonprofit, professional voluntary member organization. It does not have governmental or regulatory authority or jurisdiction over its members, which include lawyers from many states.” One esteemed MSBA member, from one of those “many states”, i.e., Maryland, is Vanessa E. Atterbeary, Esq., and she does have “governmental [and] regulatory” input, on behalf of KRA, as Corporate Counsel since 2010, and for thousands of Howard County District 13 constituents, as their elected Delegate since 2014. No stranger to positive media
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KRA Monthly Spotlight!

How KRA Created a New Era for San Diego County Career Centers   Earlier this month, the San Diego Workforce Partnership featured KRA in its San Diego Works newsletter, highlighting our long-standing, successful client-partner collaboration. Since 2012, KRA has proudly supported the Partnership’s mission, providing comprehensive WIOA Career and Business Services through the operation of San Diego’s extensive Career Center network.
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KRA Monthly Spotlight!

KRA San Diego Provides New Beginnings for Justice-Involved Individuals – The San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP)—KRA client-partner for the operation of the San Diego Career Centers (SDCC)—posted in Workforce News, “Roughly seven million Californians…have an arrest or conviction record, which significantly undermines efforts to obtain gainful employment [which is] essential in reducing recidivism [and] helping formerly incarcerated people support themselves and their families.” Employing a proactive approach for the San Diego County communities, in 2017, the SDCC launched a 5-day workforce-readiness workshop series, New Beginnings, for justice-involved customers re-entering the workforce. To date, 72 participants have completed New Beginnings, with
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KRA Las Vegas Collaboration Organizes Resource Fair

Recently, Workforce Connections, KRA partner-client for the operation of the One-Stop Delivery System (OSDS); Nevada 2-1-1; and the United Way of Southern Nevada—collaborated to host a highly successful Staff Community Resource Fair. The OSDS is pivotal to the success of Southern Nevada’s 15 One-Stop Career Centers (OSCC) system—which includes invaluable WIOA partners—serving Clark, Esmeralda, Lincoln, and Nye Counties.  Impacted by an average 5.4% unemployment rate, in the 18-to-39 age range (population of 312,292), potentially 16,864 residents in the four-County region could be looking for work. However, are they all ready to work? Many times, there are one or more serious obstacles to
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