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KRA Corporate Director Featured in Strategic Media Venues

In March 2016, the San Diego County Career Centers—operated by KRA for the San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP)—launched Searching in San Diego, the official SDWP Podcast for up-to-date workforce-services information for both jobseekers and employers.  More than 100 episodes have aired, many supported by KRA/SDWP Career- and Business-Services specialists, who contribute the benefit of their expertise. However, for Episode 111: Women in the Workforce, a KRA corporate-level executive, Dr. Kordilia Noble, Director, Partnerships & Market Development, joined the program. She discussed the impact COVID-19 has had on women, African American women in particular, as well as her perspective on the importance of access
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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 Partners With One of Chicago’s Biggest Minority-Owned Businesses

The collaboration between the Westside American Job Center (WAJC) and The Will Group began in July 2021, and expanded 2 months later to include the Southside Chatham Education & Workforce Center, both of which KRA operates for the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership. Ms. Mignonne Barnes, Program Director, reports, “Since studying the short-term hiring needs of The Will Group, members of our Business Services Team have referred four female and five male candidates for jobs in Assembly, Field Auditing, Driving, and Shipping and Receiving.” These positions offer not only job training and stability, but also opportunities for advancement in the company’s
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KRA Monthly Spotlight!

San Diego Customer Now on KRA Corporate Career Path In high school, Dennis Aumack’s favorite classes were in the business program.  After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy “to get off the streets of New York City and discover great opportunities.” After 22 years of service, Mr. Aumack retired from the Navy in 2014, as a Disabled Veteran, confident that his military career, and a BA/Business Management-MBA combo, would almost guarantee a high-paying position in the civilian job market. However, his “dream” job, in which he could fully realize his passion for business was elusive.  For 7 years, Mr.
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KRA Employees Focus on Self-Care in Emerging Post-Pandemic Era

In late November 2019, KRA staff at the Chicago Westside American Job Center (WAJC)—operated for the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership—participated in a Staff Development Day session devoted to Understanding Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care, created by Kelly Butler, Trainer/Special Projects Coordinator. Four months later, lessons learned that day would be sorely tested during the ensuing months, coping with the trauma introduced by the COVID-19 crisis that impacted everyone’s personal and professional interactions and relationships. Ms. Butler commented, “Recently, we were able to gather for our first in-person training, focused on Self-Care, providing a venue for team bonding, collaboration, and positivity. Actually, there
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KRA Customer Achieves Success Through Employment Recovery Initiative

An integral component of the San Diego Workforce Partnership Career Centers Program—operated by KRA—is the Employment Recovery Initiative (ERI), a WIOA Program for Dislocated Workers, unemployed due to actual or anticipated business closures or downsizing actions. Aron Steck had been job-hunting for approximately 6 months, after his position—Senior Manager of Events for corporate- and association-conferences and tradeshows—was eliminated, as in-person events were severely curtailed, or cancelled altogether, due to COVID-19 restrictions. He stated, “It was particularly devastating because it had taken me a couple of years to find that position, which I had been in only 4 months when the
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KRA Customer on Career Path to Realize Childhood Dream

In 2015, Myrtice Taylor applied for TANF-TCA benefits through the Baltimore City Department of Social Services (BCDSS), which required her to enroll in a Job Readiness Program (JRP)—a critical component of the KRA Participation, Placement, and Support Services Program—prior to qualifying for occupational-skills training and/or job-placement opportunities. While attending JRP workshops, Ms. Taylor also participated in KRA’s unsubsidized Work Experience (WEX) Program. Volunteering at several public schools led to a job offer from the Baltimore City School System as a Classroom Aide, helping children with special needs. Unfortunately, in July 2021, Ms. Taylor became unemployed, re-applied to BCDSS, and was
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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 Surpasses 100 Episodes of “Searching in San Diego” Podcasts

The San Diego Career Centers (SDCC)—operated by KRA for the San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP)—launched Searching in San Diego, the official SDWP Podcast for on-demand access to up-to-date “workforce topics, trends, and tips” for both jobseekers and employers in March 2016. To date, 108 episodes have been co-hosted by Diana Saldivar, KRA Career Centers Brand Manager and Doug Foresta, Workforce180 Director of Podcast Services and Communications, and supported by KRA/SDWP Career- and Business-Services specialists, who contribute their expertise. For example, in E108: The Tables Have Turned, Maxine Suka, KRA Director of Workforce Operations, discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic has caused the “tables
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