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New Home Leads to New Hope for KRA/Reno Customer

New to the region, and committed to finding a well-paying job, Johnathon entered the KRA American Job Center of Nevada (AJCN)—operated for NevadaWorks, Northern Nevada’s Workforce Board—on August 15, 2021. For Johnathon, preparing, looking, and finding employment in a new town was a daunting endeavor. However, determined to succeed in providing financial stability for himself and his son as quickly as possible, he was relieved when greeted by AJCN staff, eager to assist and provide a “tour” of all the available services. One such service was full access to the Resource Center, in which Johnathon spent hours, working one-on-one with
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Two Years on Bumpy Road Lead to Smooth Career Path for KRA Customer

Keshana Dorsey enrolled in the KRA Work Participation, Placement, and Support Services Program on September 12, 2019, after applying to the Baltimore City Department of Social Services (BCDSS) for TANF-TCA benefits. Two critical Program components include Community Work Experience (WEX) assignments with local private- and public-sector organizations, and a comprehensive Job Readiness Program (JRP) —both of which optimize opportunities for sustainable employment and career development. Unfortunately, personal circumstances led to Ms. Dorsey leaving the Program when her first WEX assignment ended on November 24, 2019. On January 15, 2020, having re-enrolled with BCDSS, she began a second WEX-site assignment, only
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KRA Monthly Spotlight!

A Message from the KRA President & CEO Celebrating National Workforce Development Professionals Month   “The world in which we live equally distributes talent but, does not equally distribute opportunity”, so states a TV ad for a popular university, and a quote I believe serves well as a mantra for the Workforce Development industry. I founded KRA Corporation with a belief that sustainable community-based economic development was linked inextricably to a skilled workforce…a conviction that became my life’s mission and the motivation that guides me, and all the dedicated professionals who have worked for KRA over the past 40 years.
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KRA Director to Present Conference Workshops for Third Time in September

When the Southeastern Employment and Training Association issued a “Call for Workshop Proposals” for the SETA 2021 Fall Conference, Joseph L. Seymour, KRA Managing Director, Operational Excellence, answered the call with proposals for two workshops that he has presented to hundreds of industry professionals at national and regional workforce-services conferences. On September 8, Mr. Seymour facilitated Trauma-Informed Care for Workforce Development Professionals at the 2021 Meeting of the Minds in Monterey Conference, and on September 21, 10:45-11:45 am, will re-present this informative and engaging “signature” seminar at the AlabamaWorks 2021 Virtual Conference as a Keynote Session Featured Presenter. For a SETA Pre-Conference Session on September 26, 1:00-3:30
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Temporary Assistance Develops Into Permanent Career for KRA Customer

In 2013, the Baltimore City Department of Social Services (BCDSS) referred Ms. Shandra Womack, a TCA-TANF recipient, to KRA for enrollment in the Work Participation, Placement, and Support Services Program, which includes a Work Experience (WEX) Internship with a community-based organization, and participation in Job Readiness Workshops (JRW). Since there was a WEX opportunity open in the KRA office, she was assigned as a Receptionist Intern to manage front-desk operations, welcome customers and visitors, and ensure that everyone received timely service. Ms. Womack commented, “All of a sudden, I was on the other side of that desk!  Becoming confident in
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KRA’s Seymour Presents Two Workshops at AlabamaWorks Conference

On September 8, 2021 at 10:30am PST, Joseph L. Seymour, KRA Managing Director, Operational Excellence, will facilitate a workshop on Trauma-Informed Care for Workforce Development Professionals at the 2021 Meeting of the Minds in Monterey Conference. On September 21, 9:00-9:45am EDT, Mr. Seymour will re-present this informative and engaging “signature” seminar at the AlabamaWorks 2021 Virtual Conference as a Featured Presenter. This live Keynote Session will explore trauma-informed care as an approach, in various service-based fields, that recognizes the presence of trauma symptoms, and acknowledges the role that trauma may play in the lives of the program participants we all serve
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KRA Monthly Spotlight!

All across the country—East, Midwest, and West, KRA-program offices are reopening to resume in-person services for its Career- and Business-Services customers. Another re-emerging operation is underway in California, with our Spotlight! on Maxine Suka, Director of Workforce Operations, who oversees six San Diego County Career Centers, operated by KRA under the auspices of the San Diego Workforce Partnership. Ms. Suka reports, “On August 4, 2021, I had a very rewarding experience—being featured on CBS 8—connecting with a much larger audience to share that the San Diego Workforce Partnership Career Centers Reopen for In-Person Job Help. “I was pleased to be
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KRA/San Diego Customer Career Path Headed in New Direction

Diana Saldivar, Career Centers Brand Manager, reports, that after Diana Lopez lost her job, she enrolled at the North County Coastal Career Center—one of six Centers operated by KRA for the San Diego Workforce Partnership—where she sought out training and found more resources than she expected. Her story, published in the June 2021 Issue of the Partnership’s San Diego Works Newsletter, describes how  Job Seeker Workshops, led by Kristi Zimsky, KRA Workshop Facilitator, helped Ms. Lopez land a new job, which advances her “professional goals…to move up and work as a protective services worker in…extended foster care.” Miss some Latest News articles? Check out
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KRA Directors to Present at Meeting of the Minds Conference

The 2021 Meeting of the Minds in Monterey Conference, September 7-9, sponsored by the California Workforce Association (CWA), will bring together decision-makers, leaders, and other industry professionals and stakeholders, focusing on Rising to the Challenge: From Rescue to Recovery. On September 8, at 10:30am PST, Joseph L. Seymour, Managing Director, Operational Excellence—and the 2015 recipient of NAWDP’s coveted Professional Development Award—will facilitate an engaging Round II Workshop on Trauma-Informed Care for Workforce Development Professionals. Mr. Seymour—who has also presented a diverse array of workshops and webinars for AlabamaWorks, Maryland Workforce Association, NAJA, NAWB, and SETA—will focus on trauma-informed care as
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KRA Baltimore City Office Reopens Fully to Public

March 2020…Mandated COVID-19 restrictions forced KRA to close all its offices, which included the Work Participation, Placement, and Support Services Program that transitioned staff to a work-from-home status, and transferred individual- and group-participation activities to effective remote- and virtual-service venues. July 2020…As certain restrictions eased, KRA opened the Baltimore City office—in compliance with CDC Guidance—to individual customers, by appointment only.  In addition, we continued to provide remote-learning and virtual services for individuals and groups, as appropriate. July 2021…KRA/Baltimore City staff met the “first day back” challenge with organization and flexibility.  Pre-arranged scheduling allowed adequate time to welcome each customer, and
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