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Motherhood No Obstacle for Young KRA Customer

In February 2018, Jakayla McGill, 19, enrolled in Youthworks!, operated by KRA for the Anne Arundel Workforce Development Board, 2 months pregnant. A challenge to receiving career-development training and employment? Yes! An obstacle? Not by a long shot!! Right off the bat, Youthworks! enrolled Jakayla in a 12-week office internship with PrimeAmerica, an assignment through which she gained much-needed real-world work experience, but not related to her ultimate objective of Healthcare training, particularly the geriatric sector of the industry. Youthworks! arranged for Jakayla to enroll in coursework at Anne Arundel County Community College, providing her the opportunity for both Certified Nursing Assistant
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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 YouthWorks! Customer Achieves Multiple Career-Path Goals

May 2018…Keniya Strong, 22, and mother of a 4-year old daughter, enrolled in the YouthWorks! career-development program, operated by KRA for the Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation (AAWDC), developer of the Maryland Workplace Excellence Program that combines career assessment and guidance with workplace-skills training to equip young jobseekers with resources that maximize potential for workforce success. A lack of marketable job skills was the most obvious barrier to sustainable employment for Keniya. However, contributing factors included lack of childcare and an unstable home environment, challenges confronted head-on by Vinaeja Gaskin, Outreach Specialist, and Shandra Womack, Case Manager. Vinaeja referred Keniya to the Department of Social Services,
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KRA Monthly Spotlight!

KRA Senior Staff Present at 2019 NAJA Conference Between June 18th – 20th, three corporate staff members conducted six Breakout Sessions at the 2019 Conference of the National Association of Job Training Assistance, the premier resource for “Seminars, Conferences, Workshops, and Training…for Workforce Development Grantees, Grantors and Subs.” The 3-day workshop agenda was intensive, offering only 12 Program- and 12 Fiscal- Track Sessions, meaning that KRA presented 25% of all NAJA Breakouts, with Zaskia Ruiz, KRA Director of Finance, Accounting, and Compliance, conducting 33% of the Fiscal-Track presentations! On the 18th she presented WIOA Fiscal 101, focused on helping attendees
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KRA Monthly Spotlight!

Young KRA Customer Continues Journey to Career Success The article, KRA Staff Put the “Work” in Networking, reported on 21-year old, unemployed Iain Tapscott, who in November 2017, enrolled in YouthWorks!, operated by KRA for the Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation (AAWDC). Subsequent to required career-development assessments, counseling, and guidance provided by the Career Coaching and Workplace Excellence Teams, Iain remained unwavering in his career objective to become a certified, licensed HVAC Technician…presenting quite a challenge to identify companies willing to hire him, without industry experience or training, except for a few high-school courses. Relentlessly, Team members researched and networked
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KRA Presents Workshops at NAWDP Annual Conference…Again!

For 30 years, the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP) has supported workforce-services stakeholders to enhance and maintain their skills through continuing education, networking, and sharing ideas and experiences related to new and innovative programs and services. The KRA-NAWDP partnership is a strong and long-standing one—from providing sponsorship, presentations, and video-production services for Conferences, Forums, and Symposia, to supporting KRA staff while they share their expertise as contributors to and/or members of various Board, Committee, and pilot-program activities.  KRA sponsored 24 corporate- and program-level staff members to attend the recent 2019 Annual Conference, with three senior-level employees facilitating workshops
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KRA Hartford AJC-CCAT Partnership Celebrates Most Recent Graduation

On May 1, 2019, the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology Inc. (CCAT) posted a blog, announcing that six more students from the KRA Hartford AJC Knowledge 2 Career (K2C) Academy had graduated CCAT’s Advanced Manufacturing Center (AMC) program. The article started with, “Six students apart of the Knowledge 2 Careers Academy Program completed 18-hour hands on training at CCAT’s Advanced Manufacturing Center and graduated the program last week. The Knowledge 2 Careers Program was established by the KRA Corporation through Capital Workforce Partners in partnership with the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc. for Tooling U and on the job
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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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Young KRA Customer “Constructing” Her Career Path

In February, KRA reported on the overall success of the first graduating class of the Construction Academy, operated through YouthWorks! for the Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation. Now, we are extremely pleased to report on an individual success story of one of the graduates, Taya Moore. James LeBlanc, Program Manager, reports, “Taya Moore is a 20-year-old OSY participant, who enrolled in the Academy in October 2018. Coming directly from completing a Summer Youth Internship Program with the Finishing Trades Union, she brought more hands-on experience than some of the other students. Right away, it was obvious that Taya was unique,
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