Archives for Community Involvement

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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KRA Monthly Spotlight!

Faith-Based Community Supports Recruitment for Westside-Chicago AJC Hiring Event  On Sunday, September 8, 2019, Ron Hearns, KRA Director of Midwest Workforce Operations, and Nichole Morrison, KRA Business Service Consultant, each visited a church on Chicago’s Westside as part of a collaborative workforce-services effort between the Westside Ministerial Alliance (WMA), led by Pastor Vance Henry, the Mayor’s Chief of Faith-Based Initiatives, and 15 local workforce-development network agencies. On behalf of The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership (CCWP), funding-partner for the KRA Westside American Job Center (AJC), Ray Bentley, Chief Community Officer, shared the idea of targeting the 5th annual Hospitality Hires Chicago (HHC)
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KRA Continues to Support SDWP with Innovative, Exceptional, and Trusted Services

In June 2018, Peter Callstrom, President & CEO, San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP) announced a New Era for Career Centers in San Diego County, stating, “Effective July 1, 2018, all San Diego County career centers…will be operated by KRA Corporation.” Callstrom continued, ““To streamline and align workforce development services around the county, SDWP decided to consolidate career center operations down to a single provider. Through a competitive application and bid process, KRA Corporation, which has served San Diego job seekers since 2012, was selected to operate the entire system moving forward.” During its 6-year management of the San Diego Metro
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KRA Monthly Spotlight!

KRA employs a community-driven approach to providing effective workforce-development services across the country. Which jobseekers in the community most need educational, skills-training, and employment opportunities? Which employers in the community most need skilled and reliable workers to meet short- and long-range workforce needs? It is the answers to these critical questions that dictate the goals and objectives of our Innovative, Exceptional, and Trusted service-delivery systems. For the Reno-based American Job Center Of Nevada (AJC-Nevada), operated for Nevadaworks since August 2018, two at-risk populations are predominant, and not mutually exclusive: Latinos and Out-of-School Youth (OSY), 17-24. Subsequently, months of research, community outreach, and planning led to the first targeted event in April
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KRA Monthly Spotlight!

Our July Spotlight! is a bit of a crossover because the story began the evening of June 28, when the Las Vegas Review-Journal posted “Las Vegas Program Bridges Digital Divide In Public Housing”, featuring members of the Lacksanamyxay family…Mark, 17, now majoring in IT; Lena, 15, studying culinary arts; and Jenna, the youngest, learning about sports leadership and management. The article stated, “For each child, the availability of basic technology outside school is instrumental to success in homework and studying. Until recently, the [family] lacked home access to the internet and a device to connect to it, but the financially struggling family
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KRA Northern Nevada AJC Hosts First Latino Career Fair

The American Job Center Of Nevada (AJC-Nevada), operated by KRA for Nevadaworks, hosted its first Latinos to Work: Get Better Pay, Faster! Career Fair at the Reno Town Mall on April 27, 2019, about which Adrienne Santiago, KRA Program Manager, reports, “About 789,000 Latinos reside in Nevada, the fifth largest statewide population! The AJC-Nevada promoted this event to provide job-seeking candidates in the Latino community access to free career-development services, including educational and occupational-skills training that lead to career paths in the workplace that maximize employment options in Northern Nevada’s in-demand industries.   Other agencies—Nevada JobConnect, Nevada DHHS and Vocational Rehabilitation, Northern
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KRA Monthly Spotlight!

KRA Las Vegas OSCC Operation Expands Library-Affiliate Sites Bonita Fahy, Director, One-Stop Career Centers (OSCC), reports, “When Workforce Connections selected KRA to manage the Las Vegas-based operation, we offered our services through one Comprehensive OSCC and seven library-affiliate sites, which we expanded to include an eighth facility, the Green Valley Library, in January 2018. Today, KRA OSCC operations include 10 affiliate-sites, throughout all four Library Districts, expanding accessibility to our career-development resources for our WIOA, Welfare and Supportive Services, and Community Service Block Grant jobseekers and employers in the Southern Nevada communities we serve. In addition, on March 11, 2019, we announced
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KRA/Hartford AJC Chosen for Collaborative Pilot Program

When the opportunity arose for the American Job Center (AJC) in New Britain—one of 37 North Central, CT towns serviced by KRA/Hartford—to join a new multi-organizational collaborative, the initiative was supported readily by the regional WDB, Capitol Workforce Partners, KRA client-partner. On February 19, 2019, the New Britain Herald * featured CARES (Collaborating Actively for Resident Empowerment and Success) 2020, reporting in part, “The New Britain Housing Authority kicked off a new initiative in collaboration with local organizations to help residents become more self-sufficient in employment, education and mental and physical health. Joshua Gilmore [KRA Career Agent] and Rebecca Carruthers [KRA
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March Madness – The KRA Way

Between March 3-6, the Southeastern Employment and Training Association (SETA) and the North Carolina Employment and Training Association (NCETA) hosted the third Joint 2019 Spring Conference, during which Joseph Seymour, KRA Corporate Training and Development Coordinator, and John Hattery, KRA Director, Strategic Partners, delivered dynamic presentations. On March 4, Joseph facilitated The Outcome Zone: Performance Management for Workforce Development Professionals, an informative workshop, providing management-level program staff with tried-and-true techniques for creating and maintaining a high-performance workplace culture. The next day, John presented a unique, highly interactive workshop on Saying the Hard Thing to Clients, Colleagues, and Even Your Boss,
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KRA/Southern Nevada One-Stop Director Back on TV!

Earlier this month, Bonita Fahy, KRA Director of One-Stop Career Center (OSCC) Operations for Southern Nevada, was—for the second time in 2 months—featured on News 3 LV TV, this time, promoting a free LinkedIn or Left Out Workshop.  KRA reported on her first TV appearance, on February 25, 2019, in the article Las Vegas One-Stop Hosts First Workforce Summit. However, that was not the only newsworthy event last month. On February 21, Nevada’s First Congressional District Representative Dina Titus visited the Las Vegas Comprehensive OSCC. Accompanied by Ms. Fahy and Princette Bowling, KRA Manager of OSCC Operations, she toured the
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