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KRA Monthly Spotlight!

On September 19th, the San Diego County Career Centers, operated by KRA for the San Diego Workforce Partnership—winner of the 2018 NAWB National WIOA Trailblazer Award—hosted its third Annual Job-I-Con Hiring Fair, an extremely beneficial event for  jobseekers and employers alike. Jobseekers get to talk up their experience and expertise, connecting with dozens of employers in a relatively short amount of time. Employers, too, save time and money, interviewing and screening from a pool of hundreds of candidates. Shadia Omer, KRA Digital and Multimedia Coordinator, reported, “More than 200 jobseekers attended, networking, collecting applications and other materials, and taking advantage of the interview opportunities presented by more
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KRA Customer’s Success Leads to Career Opportunity for Another

Three months ago, Tiana McLeish enrolled in YouthWorks!—a career-development program for Out-of-School Youth and young adults (18-24)—operated by KRA for the Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation. Adhering to the Workforce Excellence Series, developed by AAWDC, YouthWorks! combines career assessment and guidance with workplace-skills training to equip young jobseekers with resources that maximize their potential for long-term workforce success. James LeBlanc, KRA Program Manager, reported, “During a Workplace Excellence Workshop, our Career Exploration Team agreed that Tiana’s skills-and-interest assessments indicated she would be highly successful in a customer-service career environment.” Following productive career-planning and-counseling sessions, the Team also agreed that Tiana was workforce-ready, and
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KRA Represents Employment Sector on Reentry Coalition Executive Committee

Based in Chambersburg, PA, the Knowledge2Career (K2C) Academy, a proprietary KRA program operated for the South Central PA Works WIB, serves the unique career-development needs of young adults, 17 to 24, who are disconnected from both school and the job market, by linking academic and vocational training services to achieve workforce-related success. Recently, Amien “Tim” Hodge, KRA/K2C Operations Manager, received an invitation from Alaina Ingels, which read, “I’m pleased to announce that you have been nominated to represent the employment sector on the Franklin Together Reentry Coalition’s Executive Committee. As the Coalition Coordinator, I believe your work experience, knowledge and special skill sets would complement our committee and
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KRA Selected to Support Office of Family Assistance TANF Webinar

On August 22, 2018, from 1:00 -2:30pm (ET), Anthony Featherstone, KRA Director of Workforce Operations, and Sylvelt Walker, KRA Education & Business Services Manager, DC TANF Employment Program, will serve as panelists for the OFA Peer TA Webinar on Developing Stable Employer Partnerships. Recognizing that strong partnerships between TANF programs and employers can lead to better long-term employment outcomes for participants, the Webinar will stress that through partnering with employers, TANF programs gain direct access to information about potential and existing job openings, current occupational and skill needs, and anticipated changes within the organization that may impact jobs. Featherstone and
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KRA Convenes Workforce Development Extravaganza for Out-of-School Youth

The KRA Knowledge2Career (K2C) Academy, a proprietary program operated as a WIOA One-Stop Center for California’s Orange County Development Board, serves the unique career-development needs of young adults, 17 to 24, disconnected from both school and the workforce. K2C, which links academic and occupational development to employment-related services, recently hosted its 2018 End of the Year Summer Extravaganza.  Attended by 40 percent of enrolled K2C Academy participants, the multi-activity event included engaging demonstrations, presentations, and workshops provided by several key K2C community partners and stakeholders, including: Michele Worth, presented Self-Care Through Art, representative of her award-winning Worth Visual Arts Program that helps at-risk teens and young adults learn
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KRA Staff Put the “Work” in Networking

In November 2017, Iain Tapscott, 22, enrolled in YouthWorks!, a career-development program for Out-of-School Youth and young adults, 18-24, operated by KRA for the Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation. James LeBlanc, KRA Program Manager, reported, “Even though Iain completed our Career Exploration Workshop, he made it clear from the start that he has not been interested in any career other than HVAC Technician ever since he took a few courses in high school and got ‘hooked’. While our YouthWorks! Team searched diligently for any ‘foot-in-the-door’ HVAC opportunities, Iain rejected several transitionary-job options offered to him. Thus, when a customer’s career goal is so
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KRA MONTHLY SPOTLIGHT!

KRA Supports CSI Credentialing Program – Recently, Noozhawk, “the freshest news in Santa Barbara”, reported that the Career Skills Institute of the Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) School of Extended Learning offered one of its most popular, tuition-free certificates in June at the Santa Barbara office of the California Employment Development Department. Local jobseekers completed three classes to earn the Customer Relations Certificate, as part of a pilot program conducted in collaboration with the KRA American Job Centers of California (also known as One Stop Career Centers) operated for the Santa Barbara County Workforce Development Board. Through Personality Styles and Difficult
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KRA Gets “Physical” at NAWDP 2018 Conference

Zaskia Ruiz, Contract and Budget Services Manager, and Queenie Galvez-Ramiro, Senior Budget Analyst, co-presented Let’s Get Physical! to a packed-house, providing important fiscal information, which included critical topics, such as: What are Grants; Where Funding Comes From (Federal, State, and Local/Subrecipient Sources); What’s Required; Types of Costs (Direct, Shared, Indirect); What’s Allowable/What’s Never Allowable; Who Checks/What’s Needed for Compliance; What Went Wrong/Consequences for Noncompliance; and How to be Fiscally Fit. For example, What Are Grants? included the following: funds provided to state and local governments and other entities to implement federal programs and to support specific purposes, topics, or causes; payment for services to be provided with legal obligations to services
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KRA Gets “Social” at NAWDP 2018 Conference

For nearly 30 years, the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP) Annual Conferences have supported industry stakeholders to enhance and maintain their skills through continuing education; network with peers, mentors, and leaders; share ideas, experiences, and metrics about promising practices; and discover new and innovative programs, products, and services.  NAWDP 2018, Making Your Workforce Shine, was no exception! Representing the San Diego County Career Centers—operated by KRA for the San Diego Workforce Partnership, a proud partner of America’s Job Center of California℠ Network—Manager of Training and Program Development Maylynne Rayos and Workshop Facilitator Terrance Bowens presented Social Media is
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KRA Supports Annual Lompoc Career Event

In January, the heavy rains that spawned massive mudslides in Southern California left a path of death and destruction in Santa Barbara County, including the city of Montecito, whose 2010-census count of 8,965 included Ellen DeGeneres, Rob Lowe, Oprah Winfrey, and other celebrities. KRA laments the loss of life and property suffered by anyone affected by such disasters. However, we surmise that the rebounding and rebuilding process was not as devastating in Montecito, the wealthiest community in the County, as it was—and still is—for other cities. Sixty miles away is the 130-year old city of Lompoc, with a 2010-census of 42,434
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