Archives for Community Involvement

KRA/Baltimore City Customers Train for Self-Employment

The Work Participation, Placement, and Support Services Program, operated for the BCDSS, includes a mandatory 3-month Work Experience (WEX) Program Internship.  The Druid Heights Community Development Corporation (DHCDC) has been a valued WEX-site for several years, recently providing workplace-readiness internships for seven KRA customers. Since all of the WEX participants had expressed interest in developing their own businesses, Azalee Fisher, DHCDC Community Outreach Director, offered them the opportunity to enroll in an Entrepreneurial Training Program founded by Dr. Lela Campbell, and directed by Katrina Leonard, both from the Workforce Development Center of A Step Forward Inc. Several small-business development specialists
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KRA Monthly Spotlight!

 KRA Non-Profit Partner is a Valued Employer The WIOA and TANF programs that KRA operates across the country cultivate collaborative partnerships with local employers—businesses and non-profit organizations—essential to the workplace success of our jobseeker-customers. In Baltimore City, the Work Participation, Placement, and Support Services Program, operated for the BCDSS, requires up to a 3-month Work Experience (WEX) Internship, at the end of which, the intern-jobseeker is either hired by the WEX employer, or given another assignment. The New Vision House of Hope (NVHOH), an exceptional WEX-site provider, has assisted dozens of KRA jobseekers optimize their employment options, hiring several in
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KRA Monthly Spotlight!

KRA Supports South East Collaborative Workforce Development Initiative For the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership (Partnership), KRA provides a comprehensive array of career-development services—guidance, education, occupational-skills training, and employment—for the area’s Adult, Dislocated, and Youth jobseekers through the Westside American Job Center and, since August 2020, the Chatham Education and Workforce Center (CEWC) on the Southside. Already struggling economically, first from the impact of the 2007-2009 Recession, and then from the devastating effects of COVID-19, area public- and private-sector leaders realized the need to do more to support the Chatham Community. On the 3rd Thursday of each month, members of the
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KRA/Reno Organizes Live Job Fair & Career Expo

The American Job Center of Nevada (AJCN) is the hub of the comprehensive Reno-based One Stop Career Center (OSCC) system, operated by KRA for the NevadaWorks WDB collaboratively with an exceptional network of co-located  agencies including Nevada JobConnect, the Nevada DHHS, the Department of Employment, Training & Rehabilitation (DETR), and Truckee Meadows Community College, to name a few. On July 28, 2021, the AJCN hosted a Job Fair & Career Expo at the Reno Town Mall, which was buzzing with excitement generated by 225 jobseekers, numerous OSCC-partners, and 19 of the area’s leading employers…paying a minimum of $17.00 an hour!
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KRA Staff Present at WORKCON 2021!

An Equitable Recovery Maxine Suka and Jonathan Overall and Holly Childs will share their well-earned knowledge and expertise at the California Workforce Association (CWA) Annual Spring Conference. As a long-time provider of WIA/WIOA Career and Business Services for multiple Counties and Cities under California’s WDB system, KRA supports the CWA/WORKCON 2021 statement, “Inequity has been the number one challenge of this economic recession. Low-wage workers are experiencing a bigger burden, including greater risks to their health, and higher unemployment rates. We have also seen labor market declines being concentrated among communities of color and women.” On May 26, (10:30am –
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KRA/MedCerts Present at NAWDP!

In February 2020, we reported KRA/EPG/MedCerts Collaboration Celebrates CMAA Graduation, an event made possible when representatives from KRA, MedCerts, and Employ Prince George’s (EPG) discovered a shared objective: providing sustainable, industry-driven occupational-skills training (OST) for Prince George’s County TANF and SNAP jobseekers. The chance meeting, at the 2019 Annual NAWDP Conference, evolved into an innovative, successful collaborative pilot program that was to be featured through Blended Learning for Jobseekers with Barriers to Employment at the 2020 Annual NAWDP Conference in Orlando, which was cancelled due to COVID-19. On May 19, 10:00am (PDT), Melody Daniel, KRA/PGWorks Program Manager, and Sandy Mead, MedCerts National
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KRA/DC-TEP Spotlights Local “Black Excellence” Achievers

On February 25, in celebration of Black History Month, the KRA/DC TANF Employment Program (TEP)—operated for the D.C. Department of Human Services—hosted a virtual Black Excellence event to highlight the accomplishments of four present-day achievers in our community. James Parker, KRA/DC-TEP Education Navigator, kicked off the celebration with a presentation to the 20 customers and 10 staff in attendance, highlighting pivotal events in Black History with a spotlight on many heroes often missing in today’s textbooks, including the event’s Guest Speakers, two of whom are former KRA/DC-TEP customers:   Artist, Songwriter, Performer, and Grammy Member JANAE MUSIC  spoke of humble
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KRA/Baltimore City Hires WEX Program Participant

Christine Washington, in need of fulltime sustainable employment, enrolled in the Work Participation, Placement, and Support Services Program, operated by KRA for the Baltimore City Department of Social Services. Participation included KRA’s Job Readiness Program, an integral component of which is an unpaid Work Experience (WEX) Program Internship for customers with little, no, and/or outdated work-experience histories. Ms. Washington, who was working two part-time jobs to support herself and two young sons, learned that KRA had an open WEX Housekeeping Internship, and asked to be considered for the position. Shawnda Walker, Lead Job Developer/WEX Program Supervisor, stated, “All Internships, even
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KRA/Las Vegas Client Launches Layoff Aversion Program  

Two months ago, Sylvia Henry, KRA Operations Manager, Las Vegas One-Stop Career Centers—an integral component of the Workforce Connections (WC) One-Stop Delivery System—reported that a State, County, and local collaboration had resulted in the creation of two Employ NV Business Hubs to assist regional employers whose businesses had been affected severely by COVID-19. Recently, she reported, “Once again, WC, our Southern Nevada client-partner has participated in a multi-partner collaboration, spearheading an initiative—the Layoff Aversion Pilot Program—that is assisting 60+ small businesses and nonprofits in keeping hundreds of employees on the payroll.” Furthermore, Clark County—with a population of 2.2 million—is the
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KRA Leadership Edge 2021 Class Tackles Pandemic Pathos

KRA’s Leadership Edge (LE) provides training and development workshops for current and emerging program-management staff to enhance their knowledge, skills, and abilities in myriad areas and to develop Capstone Projects, which are shared with KRA programs across the country. William McIntyre, Program Director and member of LE 2021, stated, “Under normal circumstances, LE classes convene in September; December; March; and June, the month for Graduation and Capstone Project presentations. However, for our LE Class that began in September 2019, followed by a second session in December, KRA cancelled the March 2020 session, focusing its logistical and technical resources solely on
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